PDF pattern for Month 3 of the Circle of life Block of the Month.
Block 3: Circle of life, with Acacia branches and very cheerful baby elephant a on a patchwork background, measuring 14 by 14" finished.
The full quilt is a soft palette of beige, cream, tan and light blues with touches of light green. With a central 'tree of life' surrounded by African animals, flora and fauna . This quilt measures 40 by 40" and would be ideal on the wall or to cuddle up under. The colours are deliberately 'soft', and it would make a gorgeous nursery wall hanging. It is made from a central block 12" square block and a further eight surrounding blocks to make a total of nine. There will be a large giraffe's body and head going across two blocks, and there will be a wreath of leaves to make up the circle. The larger animals will be deliberately missing legs (so they would be out of the circle) so that I can get enough detail on their faces. The other animals will include an elephant, lions, giraffe, dung beetles! monkeys and parrots.
The quilt itself is in my usual style, so it is a patchwork background with raw edge applique sewn with free motion embroidery. You don't need a fancy machine to sew it but your machine needs to be able to do free motion embroidery. The pattern contains basic instructions for the patchwork. I don't go into a lot of detail on patchwork as I am assuming that you know the basics but other than the odd half square triangle, it is all pretty simple. The kits contain the fabrics, freezer paper and stabilizer you will need to complete the top. You will need to purchase your own threads but I do list every thread that I use so you can use the same if you wish to. The fabrics are supplied as a rectangle/square big enough for the shape you need. No laser cutting so you are relying on freezer paper/pencil and scissors to cut the shapes out yourself. I like this step as it is quite therapeutic. I label all the fabrics with little stickers which tell you what they are to be used for so it makes it a little easier to know which bit goes where. I use raw edge techniques and the patterns are using those instructions, but I will put in sufficient fabric that you could also use needle turn techniques, but no instructions will be given.
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