Modern Jungle Quilt Top Completed

I love that the Modern Jungle Quilt Top is complete, what a wonderful feeling. I rarely complete a quilt top too quickly and this was no exception. I would like to offer the explanation that it was because I had no pattern, I was just making it up as I went along. But I have delayed quilts with a pattern as well.

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Last time I posted about this top, I had the first three strips done but not the last. I also had no idea what type of border I would use. I was toying with the idea of using vertical sashing as well.

As you can see, no sashing at all. I chose a lively turquoise for the borders for a couple of reasons. First of all, I love the color and it livened up the quilt. Second, this quilt is for Henry and his room is in peacock colors, this will fit in nicely.jun top re 2

But most of all I used it because it was one of the solids of which I had enough fabric. Practicality is sometimes the best reason of all. For the back, I didn’t have to be that practical.

I had purchased different African fabrics when I went to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. It was fun to audition them all but I went with the one I had selected for this quilt. I decided to not put other fabrics in the back, the animal print was enough.

I had a bit over 4 yards so I cut it in half first. Then I used my rotary cutter to take off the selvages. I sewed it up really quickly and put in on Gladys, the longarm.

I almost finished up the bolt of Hobbs 80/20 for the batting. I will save that last part for a small quilt. I am not worried about fold marks so this will be a perfect batting for this quilt.

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Here it is, all ready to quilt. It will sit overnight while I ponder how best to quilt it. Straight lines might be boring but there is lots to look out right now.

Or since there are so many blocks here, maybe a geometric design? Or circles to go counter to the straight lines all over? I will sleep on it.jun top re 4

And while I am dreaming about it, maybe I can settle on a color of thread?

Sew happy!

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