Safari Moon Blog Hop and Saddle Up Quilt Pattern


Safari Moon Blog Hop

Welcome everyone, to the first stop of the Safari Moon Blog Hop!

Saddle Up Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Safari Moon is the absolutely gorgeous new fabric line by designer Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics. I was beyond excited when Frances contacted me to see if I wanted to make something with her new line. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! As soon as the fabric arrived in the mail, my daughter took one look and told me “I want to go sew something with those!” She knows a good thing when she sees it!

Saddle Up Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen peeks here and there of this project as it has come together. I’m so happy to share the finished quilt with you today, along with some information for those that are interested in making the quilt themselves. When I first saw the colors and designs of the Safari Moon line, I knew I had the perfect project for it. This design has been stuck in my mind since last summer ~ July 10th, 2013 to be exact. That’s the date when I received this email from Country Outfitters in my inbox:

Saddle Up Inspiration : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think we can all agree that is a nice looking couple and pretty cool boots…but it was the quilt that caught my eye. After asking around, I was pointed in the direction of Around the World quilt patterns to recreate this look. But I had a few design elements I wanted to work in – which usually equals more work, right? Those included the squares being on point and also, no squares cut in half (HSTs) at the edge of each “block”. I also wanted extra large, super sized blocks. So in the end, I decided to just lay out the entire quilt in diagonal strips and then stitch those together. You may remember this photo of the project, half finished, on my design wall.

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think the large, on point “blocks” and the bright colors give this quilt a totally dramatic look. And if you squint, doesn’t this picture look like the quilt is on the beach instead of snow?

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the back I combined the Animalia Splendor print with some solids from my fabric stash. I love those Zebras!

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had a few requests for the pattern for this quilt. I’m sure there are a million ways to put it together, but I thought I’d share the fabric requirements I came up with when I was planning. I basically printed out a picture of my quilt mock up, sewed the diagonal strips together one at a time, and then used a marker to black them off my print out as I went.

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Here was my mock up I made using Photoshop, before beginning the quilt. The quilt is 68″ x 68″.

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

And if you are interested in just the number of cut squares needed to make each “block”, here you go!

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope this helps those of you looking to make this quilt! You can find Safari Moon at my following Sponsor’s shops:

Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Modern Fabrics
Fabric Spark

The Safari Moon blog hop will be continuing today through March 12th.

Safari Moon Blog Hop

Don’t forget to visit the talented bloggers below for fresh inspiration each day!

February 24: Faith Jones at Fresh Lemons Quilts
February 25: Lindsay Conner at Lindsaysews/Craft Buds
February 26: Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness
February 27: Cristy Fincher at Cristy Creates
February 28: Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
March 3: Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced
March 4: Teri Harlan at Sew Fantastic
March 5: Jane Davidson at Quilt Jane
March 6: Lynne Goldsworthy at Lilys Quilts
March 7: Sandy Whitelaw at Upstairs Hobby Room
March 10: Katy Jones at ImAGingerMonkey
March 11: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
March 12: Megan Bohr at Canoe Ridge Creations

Host Frances Newcombe Designer with Art Gallery Fabrics – Belly Buttons Boutique



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    February 24, 2014

    What a gorgeous quilt!!and gorgeous fabric

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    February 24, 2014

    a stunning design Faith.

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    February 24, 2014

    It turned out gorgeous!! I DID think it was a “beach” quilt 🙂 Our sand is white here in Sarasota, FL so my mind immediately went there. I just bought the zebra print and can’t wait to touch it. Beautiful Faith!

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    February 24, 2014

    It’s gorgeous!! Love it on point best!

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    February 24, 2014

    Love,love.Fabulous quilt,design and fabrics!!.

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    February 24, 2014

    love your project, it looks fantastic in the Safari Moon!! I’ve done the scrappy trip around the world block, but I love how yours lays out on point!! May just have to try this!! Thanks for all the information!!

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    nancy fowler

    February 24, 2014

    Love this one. How generous to give fabric requirements. Like the big squares; makes it manageable.

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    February 24, 2014

    You need to stop, I made your lighthouse QAL and now I want to make this! What’s a girl to do? Thank you for the inspiration…..even though I still have way to many UFO’s to do!

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    Frances Newcombe

    February 24, 2014

    This quilt is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you a thousand times!!!!
    Stunning Post!


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      February 24, 2014

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful fabrics with me Frances!!

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        Frances Newcombe

        February 24, 2014

        Are you kidding wish i COULD give you a million dollars lol!

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    Anne Beier

    February 24, 2014

    Beautiful fabrics.

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    February 24, 2014

    Really sweet! Love the color choices. Great design. So much fun!

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    diana alexander

    February 24, 2014

    Love this…if done in 2 !/2″ squares, then you could use a jelly roll! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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      February 24, 2014

      Great idea Diana!

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    Sharon T

    February 24, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your information for making your fabulous quilt. It seems I’m smitten with everything you do. Love those boots, too!

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    February 24, 2014

    What a lovely quilt! Thank you for sharing!

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    February 24, 2014

    what a fantastic quilt Faith.

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    February 24, 2014

    I loved your quilt and thanks for the info. I especially enjoyed seeing your sewing room.

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    February 24, 2014

    Great looking quilt! Thanks for the diagram to make one of our own.

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    Marcia R

    February 24, 2014

    It’s gorgeous!

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    Doris quilting queen

    February 24, 2014

    Awesome inspiration. I love all the colors. So fresh and happy!!

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    February 24, 2014

    It’s an amazing quilt! I love your twist on the design, it’s beautifully done!

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    February 24, 2014

    Might have to do a giant square version of this!

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    February 24, 2014

    I love this. I’ve literally got the fabric in my cart and am ready to click buy. Is there any way that you could post a printable that we can mark off like you suggested???
    I can’t wait to start cutting!

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    Lisa McGriff

    February 24, 2014

    Wow how beautiful! Not sure I could keep my seams accurate enough for that quilt but I would love to try.

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    Pam McDonald

    February 24, 2014

    OMG that is beautiful. I just happen to have some SCRAPS! That would work with that too. lol

    Have a great one!

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    February 24, 2014

    What a beautiful quilt. When I look at it I see a giant Granny Square.

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    Lyn Kaufmann

    February 24, 2014

    Love this quilt, it was what I noticed when this advertisement came as well! You made me laugh. I think I’m going to have to make this one, once I finish the quilt I’m working on, one at a time, right?
    Thank you for sharing the fabrics (fabulous) and the quilt tutorial.

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    February 24, 2014

    Love how your quilt turned out! Yes it’s been done before but you gave it such a fresh and new look! Thanks for writing everything out too 🙂 like someone’s idea of using 2 1/2″ squares.

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    February 24, 2014

    Absolutely scrumptious! I’ve got to make one.

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    February 24, 2014

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your process…

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    Julie Quigley

    February 24, 2014

    Thanks so much for the pattern and cutting info! Beautiful quilt!

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    Kelly Jackson

    February 24, 2014

    That is one very spanky quilt and one very thorough blog post….I loved all of it. You were very kind to share your pattern and method for making your beautiful quilt as well as your inspiration.

    Thank you so very much.


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    Debra Kay Neiman

    February 24, 2014

    Quilting certainly is showing up everywhere this year. I love how you designed your round the world quilt…then to find that ad from Country Outfitters where the models were sitting on an around the world quilt. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    Connie Cain

    February 24, 2014

    The quilt is very pretty! Love the fabric also. 🙂

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    February 25, 2014

    This is such a great quilt and pattern and might just be the right pattern to finally cut into my Hope Valley stash.

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    February 25, 2014

    As soon as I saw this I wondered where I could get the pattern – thanks so much for working this out and sharing! Gorgeous!

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    February 25, 2014

    I love your quilt. Well done!

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    shirley tener

    February 25, 2014

    you make everything look easy, like squirting a bit of lemon on a heavy sauce dish to freshin it up…

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      February 25, 2014

      Oh Shirley – you gave me a good laugh this morning! 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

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    Jennifer H

    February 25, 2014

    Beautiful quilt! Thank for sharing the fabric requirements.

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    February 25, 2014

    that’s a lovely quilt! looks like a lot of points to match though so maybe one for me when I’ve had another 10 years practice!

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    February 25, 2014

    A beautiful quilt. Thanks for showing how it was constructed. The fabric collection colours are luscious. Yes, squinting does help.

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    Michele T

    February 25, 2014

    Beautiful fabric and pattern!!! There sure are a lot of little squares to match up, but it looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!

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    February 25, 2014

    I have got to make a quilt similar to your beautiful quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    February 25, 2014

    Love your quilt. Thanks for taking the time to share the specifics of how you did it.

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    February 27, 2014

    Faith, this is fabulous!!

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    February 27, 2014

    Love the the refreshing color an design.

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    Heather J

    February 28, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your process and the details. Love your quilt.

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    Jennifer B.

    March 2, 2014

    Pretty, pretty, pretty and love seeing the entire process!

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    March 9, 2014

    I think yr quilt is great Faith! It reminds me a little of the scrappy trip quilts everybody seemed to make last year. Also love the boots on the cover of that country clothing catalogue 😉

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    Joan H.

    March 9, 2014

    I have seen Round the World quits before and thought they were lovely but putting the squares on point is especially interesting.