Safari Moon Blog Hop and Saddle Up Quilt Pattern
Welcome everyone, to the first stop of the
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!
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:
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.
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?
For the back I combined the Animalia Splendor print with some solids from my fabric stash. I love those Zebras!
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.
Here was my mock up I made using Photoshop, before beginning the quilt. The quilt is 68" x 68".
And if you are interested in just the number of cut squares needed to make each "block", here you go!
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