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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 ;)


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

  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. ;)

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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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