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.
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.
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.
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.
And while I am dreaming about it, maybe I can settle on a color of thread?
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If you liked this post, check out Zara’s African themed quilt. It’s more commercial.