safari fabric + Ugandan fabric = awesome African-themed baby quilt at the request of a friend whose heart, in many ways, is still in Africa (Tanzania, to be exact).
I went about the business of graphing a quilt top based on a series of 5 1/2" blocks. I decided to try the 'crazy 9-patch quilt block', which is a design I've seen in many beautiful quilts lately. At first glance it seems like a challenging undertaking, but in reality it's really quite simple.
The blocks are placed in a strategic pattern with Kona Ash for the sashing, and a border in Kona Lime that is 2" wide on two sides and 1" wide on the opposite sides.
The backing to "one wild and precious life" was a great big surprise to me.
I decided to try to use up whatever substantial pieces of the safari prints and solids I had left over, but the scraps' strange sizes left me limited in my design choices. In fact, they are cut and arranged in the only way I can mathematically conceive them fitting together and creating a 41" square quilt. I'll be honest, it was a close one with very little fabric to spare, but I think that in the end I might actually like the back better than the front. But why play favorites?
Emily's cousin's baby's quilt is named for the last line in Mary Oliver's "Summer Day". Oh, I like it so very much:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"