Black to Basics

If there’s one thing I love about blogging, and sharing my quilts with others, it’s getting feedback from all you fabulous quilters. I asked for advice on the binding for my Jungle Quilt- and there were so many different opinions. I love that! Each of us think differently, and are drawn to different colors and patterns, and that is wonderful- especially because hearing your ideas helps me develop new ones of my own. It helps me to see my own projects through different eyes, and without my built in biases. Thank you!

Tonight I met up with my 3 friends who are doing the Tula blocks along with me. Over munchies and drinks, we admired one new baby (so cute) and 4 sets of Tula blocks. We’ve all gotten through between 30-40 so far. And everyone is using 100% different color schemes. Mine, which you are over familiar with by now. K’s are soothing grays, beiges, and soft yellows. E’s are amazing, a collection made from scraps from many lines and many years, and S’s are all stunning batiks.


And just like my friends’ Tula blocks, your ideas for binding were all different- but all great. Each one would have given the quilt a different flavor…

In the end, I was inspired to a different idea than everything any of us came up with before. My instinct was still telling me that the many patterns and textures and colors needed some taming. I chose not to go with a print, even though I did very seriously consider the leopard. But I also chose not to use the dark green solid. Instead, I remembered that I have nearly an entire bolt of Moda solid black tucked away (purchased when an LQS went out of business a while back…) So, the black was dramatic yet calming, and also didn’t add any new patterns. And, was free since I already owned it 😉


I think it works nicely. And also, thanks to the lovely E for quilt holding before happy hour today! (Fortunately, the bar was located next to a shop with lovely red walls.)


Also, victory, the quilt is washed, and it did very well. All seams intact and no color bleeding. That’s always the last moment of truth for me, the test before I send my creation on to its new home…


I especially like the black binding on the back, as I feel like it really makes all those little monkeys pop.

Now I can pop it in the mail to the new parents, and it should arrive just about on the baby’s actual due date- totally not MY fault that he came 5 weeks early, so I consider the quilt still basically on time. (Also, I can be a bit jokey as he went home from the hospital super fast and is growing and thriving even after being so early.)

AND- it was my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for May (Link #133- only 2 shy of being last), so, that’s all good as well!

Linking up with ALYOF May Finish post, Finish It Up Friday, and TGIFF.


Filed under Baby quilts, Finish It Up Friday, Gift, Quilts, Tula Pink QAL, Year of Lovely Finishes

17 responses to “Black to Basics

  1. ellen

    It’s all so awesome! The drinks and food, the baby quilt, and all the lovely blocks. I am excited to see the finished quilts.

  2. The binding looks great! And it is always so fun to see how different a block / pattern can be with just subtle color variation!

  3. The black binding is perfect. Great finish.

  4. Oooh, I like the black. Very nice!

  5. I do love a plus quilt! And the neutral binding looks great… there’s already lots going on with the prints in the top and backing, so it makes perfect sense.

    • That is exactly what I was thinking- maybe we didn’t need to add any more activity to this quilt! -Sam

      On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:


  6. I really like your plus quilt! I’ve been a fan of those lately and your colors are fun.

    • this was my first plus quilt, and it was loads of fun to make. I think there will be more in my future.


      On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:


  7. That is the way brainstorming works: one idea leads to another and the final one often reflects none previous, but would not have been possible without the process. Love the black.

  8. I like how we classify things as free just because they’re in our stash; despite having paid for them at some point LOL. But the black is a great choice! It matches just as nice on the back as on the front too!

    • Once i have owned fabric for over a year, I figure it’s “free”. No idea why that figure sticks in my mind… And Itotally realize that it’s not true 🙂 but it makes me feel better…


      On Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:


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