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October 29, 2012

Jungle Cruise Baby Quilt



Finished the Jungle Cruise baby quilt for my friend Meghan this weekend, and right on schedule! She ordered it for a friend's baby shower this coming Sunday, and I needed to make sure I allowed for plenty of delivery time to NYC. I'm a little paranoid since the last time I sent her a quilt via Priority Mail, it took almost 2 weeks to get to her and involved angry visits to the post office and eventually chasing down her mailman.



This quilt was a bit of challenge because the couple is waiting to find out the sex of the baby, so I had to make it gender neutral. It's hard enough finding decent boy fabric for quilts, let alone fabric that isn't girly, but not too masculine either. I never realized before how much fabric incorporates flowers somehow....seems there are flowers in EVERYTHING...I think they might be repopulating like Gremlins and attempting to take over.




 
I loathe straight-line quilting. Seriously. I'll FMQ all day long, but when it comes to straight line quilting I'd rather take repeated blows to the face. But I felt it was really the only way to go with this quilt because it would emphasize the design. So I did some shadow-quilting and quilted along the zig-zags. I really like how it looks on the back :)


And for the binding I used a print from Riley Blake's "Fly A Kite" line.


I really love how this turned out. Isn't it great when that happens? Sometimes ideas seem really awesome in your head or on paper, but turn out to be a hot mess in reality. So it's the freaking best when you spend hours on something and it turns out just like you wanted...if only it happened more often ;)

8 comments:

  1. Your finished quilt is beautiful! I love the fabrics you used and your straight lines are so straight!!

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  2. Love this ziggy-zaggy thing! so swanky -- makes me want to sashay my hips or something. :)
    And flowers are gremlinifying -- yes, there are flowers on everything, but my boy lives with a few flowers in his quilts from time to time... my man too for that matter. ;)

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  3. This is so cute! You did a great job.

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  4. Love the jungle backing fabric and the zig zags are so cool -perfect for a boy!

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  5. I love how this turned out, great combination of colors!

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  6. Gorgeous. And glad you stuck to your guns for the straight line quilting (and that it didn't come to blows).

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  7. i love it. it is awesome when it turns out as awesome in reality as it is in your head. and that binding is freaking awesome too!

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  8. Cute mini! BTW I thought of youo the other day when I was in Khols. One of their book/stuffed animal combos for charity is a scotty dog, so cute!

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