I bought this fabric because my local fabric store had all the coordinated black and tan fabrics at a super sale price. My friend Tisha Cabral had given me the pattern for my birthday several years ago.
I pieced the top and felt it needed some pizzazz. So I fused on and machine appliquéd some turquoise Hawaiian Breadfruit motifs I had in a Hawaiian Quilt book. I used a narrow zig zag for this, using polyester thread and it does not ravel or show. I used the same turquoise fabric for the first border and for the binding, which also helped a lot.
We moved to Oregon between the piecing and the quilting, and since I don't like having UFO's laying around, I bargained with myself that I had to finish it before starting my Crazy Quilting adventure.
It's a pretty large square quilt, 84" x 84" but I was able to free motion quilt it without too much difficulty on my Janome Horizon 7700. I like to use a lot of different quilting designs, for added interest and for practice. Most of the designs I know I learned from Leah Day and from Angela Walters.
Because the fabric is somewhat reminiscent of the jungle, and because I like to name my quilts after songs when possible, this one is called "Jungle Fever."
It doesn't really match any of my décor, and I would be delighted to sell it. Maybe I will list it on my Etsy page and see what happens.
BBBB: Boring Before Blue Breadfruit!
Breadfruit motifs applied with Wonder Under, then machine appliquéd.
Quilting detail in turquoise border
The back is pieced, using the leftover turquoise as needed.