One of my absolute most favorite sizes of quilts to make are baby quilts. Its really a great way to try out patterns on a smaller scale, and because they are so small, they come together super fast! This baby quilt was no exception, and it was a good thing, as my it was a last minute request from my mom. I made quick work of turning this stack of fabric into a baby quilt, in just about a weeks time.
I must say, when my mom showed me the Jungle Jill baby bedding she wanted the quilt to coordinate with, I did a small internal groan. Those pale muted greens, pinks and browns just are not colors I tend to use now a days, but I dug through my stash, and came up with a few prints that would coordinate well, and surprisingly I was excited about the stack I came up with, mostly centering around the Alexander Henry 2d Zoo in sage I've had stashed for a while now.
I followed the Dream Garden pattern in the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop book, and really love how the pattern came together. I have to admit my oops though, I thought I was being all quilt-saavy by cutting those center focus squares on the bias thinking "since its diamonds, then my prints will be straight and square!" of course I hadn't read through the directions, and after piecing the focus diamond units, I should have just left well enough alone and cut the squares like normal, because of the way they are pieced, I ended up with diagonal animals anyways. Oh well, I'm ok with it, it adds character, right??
As for the binding, I stuck with Crosshatch Sketch in Coral, that went with the color scheme just perfectly. If I could, I would order yards and yards of every Sketch color they make, I just can't get enough! Anyways, this little guy is off to its new home, hopefully it blends in with the Jungle Jill nursery!
Quilt Name: 2d Zoo Dream Garden
Quilt Size: 40" x 40"
Fabrics Used: Alexander Henry 2d Zoo in Sage and coordinating prints, Kona White
Quilting: Overall meandering loops done by me on my home machine