Do you ever purchase a super cute fabric that you just can’t resist, but then find that it sits in your stash, and for some reason, you seem to be avoiding it? In this case, the fabric is a beautiful Julia Cairns African inspired design. Each time I saw it there in my stash, beckoning me, I wasn’t quite sure how to do justice to the fabric, as each of the animal blocks is a different size. But then the idea finally came to me: a 9-patch might be the answer.
A standard 9-patch is such a perfect block pattern because it so flexible. The color palette was pulled from the animal print – blues, gold and greens – taken from a variety of leftover pieces from other past quanket projects.
The name Hakuna Matata was inspired by the animal print, and from a Corrie ten Boom quote I recently came across:
Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
This quanket was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a foster child in June 2016.
The design for Madagascar Foxtrot is based off of a basic 9-patch quilt. This one is a true patchwork quilt as I used scraps that were left from these prior Love Hugs quilts – Check This!, Shooting Star and Green Tetons. And, I still have more of these fabrics!
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I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in September 2014.
Silky Lizard was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, in March 2014.
In the very bottom corner of the quilt, is one of Granny’s cute little hankies. I donated this quilt to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo in March 2013.
Aunt Bettys’ 9 Patch
This quilt had sat in my sewing closet for years. I never quite knew what to do with it, as it did not really fit with the color-scheme of my home. This was a quilt that my Aunt Betty had started, but never finished. I finished it and donated it to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo in March 2013.