Even though I am not being paid for making this quilt, I am still considering it to be a commisioned piece. The fabric was furnished to me with the request that I make a large lap quilt for a fundraiser for the Oregon Zoo.
This was such fun fabric and great colors. I did add some of my fabric from the stash to broaden the variety but kept them in the same colors (black, medium and light grey, and yellow.
I had a general idea of what I wanted to do - fussy-cut centers of stars that featured the animals from the print. I used graph paper to draft out a plan that used:
1) 170 two inch half-square triangles with a light grey floral print and 4 black fabrics with figures in taupe:
2) 36 four inch blocks of zebra print set on point inside white corners.
3) 22 six inch blocks of sawtooth stars with a variety of fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.
4) 10 eight inch blocks of sawtooth stars with two different fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.
5) 8 ten inch blocks of two-toned stars with animal centers set on point.
6) 8 twelve inch blocks of four fabric sawtooth stars with 6 inch stars in the centers.
When you put it all together you get a colorful and fun layout with lots of movement.
A grey 3 inch border frames this, followed by a binding of the small black polkadot.
The backing is the zebra fabric and I used a 5-point star-and-loops pantograph to quilt it with light grey thread.
You cannot see it in the photos but I used bright yellow thread to write in script "The Oregon Zoo" up the lower left border and "All-Star Animals" down the upper right border.
The auction for the items donated to the Oregon Zoo will start August 1st and continue for 2 weeks. I hope this makes a lot of money for them.