I love a good blog hop and hops sponsored by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt is no exception. At the bottom of this post are the other bloggers, be sure to visit when you get a chance. I am sure that Born to Be Wild is will generate some awesome projects. Before I show you the one I specifically did for today, I have a few old ones that I would like to share. I expect there will be a lot of quilters humming “born to be wild” all week long!
Drum roll…before we continue I do want you to know that s there is a giveaway (a group of coordinated fat quarters), so be sure to scroll to the bottom and do as I ask to be entered.
Songs often come into our minds when we make quilts. “Wild thing, you make my heart sing” is one that entered my mind when making this quilt. It was from a adored this fabric line, from Island Batik, and this was a project I did when I was an ambassador. It was a double sided log cabin and you can read about the quilt here and a tutorial of sorts on the technique here.
Another favorite project in this category was made from some larger pieces from this line. I called the quilt “Wild Baby” as we all know those babies that have a wild streak in them. You can read about it here.
Today’s project is called a “John’s Wild Things”. It was begun probably in 2000 as a hand piecing project with my son, John, who enjoyed some quilting for a short while. I am not sure why we stopped working on it, but we did. I guess my mother’s dream was we would get back to it, but we never did. So, this was a perfect opportunity to finish it.
The idea was simple. We would sew triangles on the brown squares and turn it into stars. I precut a bunch of the black and brown and the squares. The lines were drawn and all we had to do was sew. In the bag there were 4 completed blocks.
From what was there, I think I knew that it was not going to be a big project, although if it took off I had a lot more brown squares available if it did grow. As I got ready to make the remainder of the square in a square blocks, I realized I had no more of that black. So, the project size was determined.
Because the feature fabrics touched the outside, it was hard to pick a border (with the fabrics on hand), but this orange and some greens worked pretty well. I decided to keep it as a sweet, small quilt and only added one border and the binding.
For the quilting I used frogs – it seemed perfect that there might be other wild things needed to romp across the quilt. You can find the design “Ribbit” for free on the Urban Elements website, it is part of the HandiQuilter Library.
The binding was a favorite fabric that I saved for a long time (and I still have a little left). I don’t know where this quilt will wind up, but for now it will stay with me. Call me sentimental, it’s okay.
John’s Wild Things
Begun in 2000 with hand piece by John McCormick
Finished in 2021 with machine piecing and quilting
30″ x 36″
Batting: Hobbs Poly Down
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Scrapdash | Kathleen McMusing | Just Sew Quilter |
Just Because Quilts
MooseStashQuilting | Selina Quilts |For The Love Of Geese |
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs | Quilt Schmilt | Life in the Scrapatch |
Sewing Up My Fabric
Ms P Designs USA | Patchouli Moon Studio | Beaquilter |
Hill Valley Quilter |Quilted Delights |Stitchin At Home |
Sew Many Yarns
Samelia’s Mum |Inflorescence |
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel |That Fabric Feeling |
Words & Stitches |Websterquilt | That Fabric Feeling
Just Let Me Quilt |Days Filled With Joy |Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting |
Quilting Gail |Lianne Makes Stuff | Quilt Fabrication | Food for Thought
In the comments below, please tell me how old your oldest UFO is and will you finish it? If you have none, tell me your favorite project in the hop. The giveaway open until Sunday the 23rd at midnight.
Coming Up on the Blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd! – 5/22
TGIFF – 5/27
12″ House Block/s
International Sisters #2
Follow Your Own Path QAL