Thursday, July 22, 2021

Adventures in Africa Quilt

Ever since we came back from our trip to Africa, I've been wanting to make a Safari quilt. Hard to believe it's been 6 years since we visited Zimbabwe. I made this one a few years ago, but donated it as part of a fundraiser:


And I still had a collection of fat quarters destined for another quilt. 


DH isn't as obsessed with the quilt making process as I am...imagine that- LOL - but I still wanted his input when I was searching for a pattern. He said he doesn't give advice. He just has opinions. Grin. I took pictures of 8 possibilities and scrolled through them with him. He settled on this one right away:


It said it was a free pattern called Mingled, but the link is a dead end. I contacted the designer, but didn't receive a reply so I just printed off a photo and set about deconstructing it. Since it was a free pattern at one time, I didn't feel too badly about doing so, but I'm not sharing measurements as I want to avoid any copyright infringement. It's really a simple pattern that would make great use of a jelly roll. I'm not sure how big of a quilt it would make using a jelly roll, but I love the pattern, pulled a jelly roll from my stash, and intend to find out soon.

Meanwhile, this time around, to quote a blog reader who left a comment on a previous post when I shared these fabrics - I am taking a walk on the wild side! I commented back that our wild days are long gone and staying up past 9 is about as wild as it gets around here these days.


I started piecing this in January 2019 - around here quilts have a long incubation period. 😉 This is going to be a snuggle quilt so it doesn't have to be huge, but long enough to cover from ears to toes so I settled on an 8x10 setting, making it about 70x85.


I backed it with a cuddle fabric so that it would be extra snuggly and Jackie added the perfect quilting with a pattern called Savannah:


I bound it with a leopard print because I had yardage of it left to use:


It may be October before the mercury dips low enough for us to break it in, but it will be ready and waiting for that first chilly day:


And it'll bring back fond memories of our time spent in Zimbabwe:


13 comments:

Donna said...

Great quilt; works for a guy or gal!

Dorian said...

Good morning Karin, very nice. The pattern sets those prints off perfectly. Have a great day!

Violet said...

Around here some quilts go in the time out corner...and stay there...for the rest of their natural lives!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Lots of memories in this one. And will be so cozy for winter.

Tired Teacher 2 said...

It’s fabulous! I like the pattern and the black between the prints.

Anonymous said...

Not that you need or want it anymore, but the free pattern seems to be available at free spirit.com

JudyD said...

Too late now, but found this link to the pattern:
https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/product_images/FS2065TW%20Mingled.pdf

Anonymous said...

Found the pattern by doing a google search. It was available at Free Spirit Fabrics Thanks you!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your DH is a wise man--I will remember opinions not advise. Snuggle quilts are the best!

mabel said...

Mingled was a free pattern from Free Spirit and is still available on the Free Spirit website. Here are the links for the pattern:
FS2065TW Mingled.pdf (freespiritfabrics.com)
https://www.freespiritfabrics.com/product_images/FS2065TW%20Mingled.pdf

A long time follower of your blog from Merced in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Pamj,TxHillCountry said...

Beautiful quilt, You did an awesome job, figuring the measurements and recreating the quilt. Way to go !!

Lindah said...

Fantastic! What a terrific memento of your African sojourn.
(Has it really been 6 years? You were on your safari when I stumbled onto your blog --and that was a stumble I'm very happy about!)
Blessings.

Lisa said...

And now I am singing the song from "The Lion King"....Beautiful quilt!
And wonderful memories to go with it!

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