Born to be Wild

This fun Blog Hop is the inspiration of Carol from “Just Let Me Quilt.” Have you been following it? Tons and Tons of Wild eye candy!

When Carol first announced this blog hop, I immediately KNEW exactly what I was going to do. A few of you may remember that I went to Africa in Sept., 2019. I bought some fabric there. You can read a little about my trip HERE.

And wonder, of wonders, I mostly followed through on my plan for this blog hop!

Here’s a picture of the fabric I bought when I was in Africa.


See the 2 fabrics on the left hand side of the picture? Those are the fabrics I used for my projects! My plan was to make the 16 placemats into placemats. I sandwiched the 2 fabrics together with Hobbs 80/20 and started quilting. BIG mistake!!!

The fabric shifted and the top 4 placemats did not have adequate backing fabric. What to do??? I quilted the remaining 12 placemats, using Aurifil invisible thread … and here they are:

I took the remaining 4 “placemats” and made them into 2 bags.

To me, this was an awesome way to memorialize our wonderful African trip, especially the safari!

Then I got to thinking about other “wild” quilts I have made. I went looking for 2 and found more …. Here they are:

Here are the rest of the Born to be Wild participants!

May 17th

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vroomans Quilts

Homespun Hannah’s Blog


Kathleen McMusing

Just Sew Quilter

Just Because Quilts

May 18th


Selina Quilts

For The Love Of Geese

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Schmilt

Life in the Scrapatch

Sewing Up My Fabric

May 19th

Ms P Designs USA

Patchouli Moon Studio


Hill Valley Quilter

Quilted Delights

Stitchin At Home

Sew Many Yarns

May 20th

Samelia’s Mum


Beckyโ€™s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

That Fabric Feeling

Words & Stitches


Kathy’s Kwilts and More

May 21st

Just Let Me Quilt

Days Filled With Joy

Vickiโ€™s Crafts and Quilting

Quilting Gail

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilt Fabrication

Food for Thought

I was Featured

Jennifer from Inquiring Quilter featured this quilt on her blog:

Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation also featured the same quilt!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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49 thoughts on “Born to be Wild

  1. This placemats are fantastic! and so is the bag. I enjoyed seeing your older projects as well. Particularly the jungle panel. I quilted one of those my self years ago!

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  2. Love your placemats and your wild purse! So pretty and such a great memory for you! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  3. Gail I love your placemats and zip bags. Iโ€™m sure using the placemats will always remind you of a fantastic trip and the colours will bring to mind the incredible sunsets in Africa (if I remember them as well as I think I do ๐Ÿ˜‰)

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  4. Your panels made both beautiful place mats and wonderful zip bag. Great fabric to remember your trip. Love all of your previous adventures into the wild quilting too.

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  5. Wow! I would be afraid to eat on these and get them dirty. The animals are so beautiful and vibrant; so glad you have a lasting, tangible thing that memorializes your trip. Fabulous!

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    • Hi Kathleen,
      Well, in the end, I have 12 placemats. And yes, I have had over 12 people for dinner, but that’s a everyone find a spot on the floor, couch or table kind of dinner! ๐Ÿ™‚ However, that has not happened in the last few years! I’m sure it will occur again, once the pandemic is over!
      Happy Quilting!


  6. What a beautiful print you found in Africa. I hate when things happen while working on our projects, but you have made the best of it with the gorgeous placemats and a couple of bags. Quilters really are the mothers of invention some days! LOL!! I would love to go to Africa one of these days. A trip of a lifetime for sure.

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  7. Using that incredible fabric in placemats is a beautiful way to remember your trip to Africa. They are stunning! Love the little bag, too. Thank you for sharing your wild side with us!

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  8. Hi Gail! OMG! Those Serengeti placemats are just GORGEOUS. And the four that you had issues with and just a fab as totes. As you said, it’s a great remembrance of your trip and both projects are very useful, too. Perfect for this blog hop. That young man looks quite happy with his elephant! I love seeing photos of quilts with their peeps. Happy Friday, my friend. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  9. Your placemats are fantastic! Good thinking, to turn some into bags! I enjoyed seeing all your other quilts too. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Your placemats and bag are wonderful. What great memories they have. All of your other quilts are so lovely. Thank you for sharing. I have so enjoyed this hop. So much inspiration.
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