I have nothing against a leopard or a cheetah print, but those little mod elephants and giraffes made the two coordinating fabrics featured in this quilt must-have “animal prints” for my collection. I combined them with large-scale florals, bright geometrics, a bold paisley and other cute conversationals to create a fun, modern quilt to cover my favorite little friend‘s big-girl bed.
I had found those fabrics years ago in a “stitch lounge” I visited in Cambridge, MA called gather here. It’s such a cool place! They sell great fabrics, yarns, patterns and notions, and (according to their website) “they offer the community a space to ‘make something’ along with others interested in sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, and so much more crafty goodness.”
The rest of the fabrics came from my stash, and the quick and easy pattern came as a PDF download from Craftsy.com. It’s called “Garden Bricks” but it reminded me of subway tiles and I loved the way the colors popped against all that white sashing (note: my sashing is a little pink… that’s because I should have washed those pink fabrics before using putting this quilt together… next time…).
The quilt was a hit at Christmas! Thinking “no toddler is ever going to be excited to open a present and find a quilt…”, I also gave her a leopard print ukulele (see? nothing against…), which she completely ignored in favor of grabbing a book and curling up on the floor under her new blankie.
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