Completed: Fractured Safari

A quilt with a fractured strip pieced design made from the Moda Safari Life collection by Stacy Iest Hsu hanging in a playground.

A couple of weeks ago I had some uninterrupted time to myself because my children were staying with my parents for a couple of nights. I used some of that time to finally turn a quilt top into a quilt!

The front and back of a foundation paper pieced strip pieced block is shown before it was trimmed.

The design was inspired by the “fractured” quilt from “Quilting Modern” by Katie Pedersen and Jacquie Gering and a mini quilt that I received from my quilting friend Erica that was based on that quilt. I enlarged the blocks and instead of making square blocks I made them rectangular. The top is completely foundation paper pieced and I figured that it would be easier to simply use the US Letter sized FPP paper that I had as is, instead of cutting it into squares. If you do this you have to keep in mind though that you need to make left and right blocks because, unlike square blocks, you cannot position rectangular blocks in all 4 orientations.

Two stacks of foundation paper pieced strip pieced rectangular blocks showing that you need to make left and right blocks when you make rectangular blocks.

I used a jelly roll of the Safari Life collection by Stacy Iest Hsu supplemented with a couple of fabrics that I thought looked nice with it. There is a lot more brown in this fabric collection than I am usually drawn to but these fabrics are so much fun with all the animals on them that I couldn’t resist them.

The blocks were made over a year ago (yes, I am kind of slow at finishing quilts…) and the FPP strip piecing did not take that long. Choosing a layout did take a while though because I kept changing the position of certain blocks until I was finally happy.

Quilt hanging in a playground. The back of the quilt is shown. It is pieced with black, ochre and blue Makower Linen Texture fabric. The the name Thomas is pieced. Gridline quilting with yellow thread.

For the back I tried to find a print that would work with the front but locally I couldn’t find anything that I got excited about. They did have a pretty good selection of Makower Linen Texture though. These fabrics read as solids but there is some subtle pattern in them. This was the first time I worked with these fabrics and they are soooooo soft. I will definitely use them again in future projects. I bought 3 colours that worked with the colours in the front and essentially pieced a second top incorporating the recipient’s name.

A quilt is being prepared for a photo shoot. The quilt is draped over a park bench to attach a row of gaffer tape to the top so it can later be taped to a beam in an playground.

I am trying to be a bit more adventurous with my batting choices so instead of using Hobbs Tuscany cotton wool I used Quilters Dream Cotton Deluxe. This batting also quilted easily and I really like how the finished quilt feels but it is quite a bit heavier than the cotton wool blend.

Foundation paper strip pieced quilt made from Moda's Safari Life collection by Stacy Iest Hsu draped over a yellow railing in a playground.

For quilting I already had a perfect dark yellow in my stash and I went with a 2 inch grid which is a lot denser than what I usually go for and I LOVE it. Totally worth the extra time it took to quilt (not having children around helped a lot here). Even though the quilt is rectangular I chose to do a square grid. Because I sewed the first quilting lines through the center and worked my way out from there I think it works very well. On the back the quilting is much more visible than on the front and I think it looks amazing against those almost solids.

Detail of the center of a strip pieced quilt. The quilting was done with dark yellow thread in a 2 inch grid that intersects at the center of the quilt.

For the binding I decided to use some strips that were left over from making the top. I didn’t want to frame the design on the front of the quilt with the binding which I think would have happened if I had used the ochre fabric that I used on the back which was another option I considered. A bonus of these fabrics in the binding is that there are hidden animals in some spots which I found super fun to discover when I was hand sewing the binding to the back.

A quilt is folded so that all corners of the binding are visible. The quilt is made from Moda's Safari Life fabric collection by Stacy Iest Hsu.

Before washing the quilt measured 98×130 cm and I believe it shrank a little bit but not much. It’s a good size to snuggle under on the couch. Or build huts and tents, which is what my kids tend to use quilts for.  

A folded quilt made from Moda's Safari Life fabric by Stacy Iest Hsu placed on a grey chair.

I am super happy with how this safari quilt turned out. It has already been gifted and it has found a good home where it will be loved.

A quilt hanging in a playground. It was a windy day and the quilt is blowing almost horizontal in the wind.
It was sooo windy when I took these pictures. I was lucky to get a couple of shots in which the quilts were hanging semi straight! My little helpers were making sure that everything went alright. Did you spot both of them?

November 7, 2021

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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  1. Selma

    Super mooi geworden. Ik heb de real live versie ook al bewonderd.
    Was jij je quilts altijd als ze klaar zijn?

    • Emmely

      Wat leuk dat je hem ook al echt hebt gezien! Ja, quilts die echt gebruikt gaan worden was ik altijd.

  2. katechiconi

    Oh, I LOVE this one! The colours in the range work beautifully together – I’m not a big fan of browns and yellows either, but they’re so carefully chosen here that they’re perfect. The back is fantastic too. I tend to wash my quilts before I give them to anyone if I suspect there’s a lot of loose dye in the fabrics, otherwise I give them together with a few colour-catcher sheets to put in the first wash.

    • Emmely

      Thank you! Yes, I think there’s also enough of the grey, black and aqua prints to balance it out. And they do work very well with the African safari theme of the print. It was fun to see the 2-year old recipient point out all the animals.
      I don’t prewash my fabrics so I like to get rid of any chemicals left from the manufacturing process, especially when I gift the quilt to a child.

      • katechiconi

        I feel the same way: I like the crispness of the dressing in the fabric when I work with it. I don’t do a lot of quilts for children unless I’m related to them and can tell their parents how to care for the quilt, but if I do, then yes, I prewash. It does make the quilt extra snuggly, especially if you tumble dry afterwards!

        • Emmely

          We don’t have a tumble drier so I’ve never tried that but the crinkly texture of a quilt after washing is just part of what a quilt that will be used looks like for me.

  3. tialys

    This is a beautiful modern quilt Emmely – the colours work together so well.

    • Emmely

      Thank you!

    • Emmely

      Thank you! I am a little bit sorry I couldn’t keep it. 😉

  4. marissthequilter

    Congratulations on a beautifully finished, bright and happy quilt.

    • Emmely

      Thank you!


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