Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Elephant Patchwork Quilt: Finished

The elephant patchwork quilt is finished and she sure is sweet. This quilt was made for a young girl named Rihana who really likes elephants. You can read my previous posts on this quilt here and here. And, if you follow me on Instagram @freshlyhandmade, you've probably already gotten a sneak peak at the elephants.
I started with a background patchwork made up of 4" squares in a variety of prints and shades of light blue, aqua and purple.
I then appliqued the elephants and the hearts on top using a little Wonder Under and black thread to stitch the outlines. I hand stitched her name in the top heart to personalize it.
For the back, I used a super soft minky in pink and white polka dots to coordinate with the elephants on the front. It is SO soft! The binding is a light blue and white polka dot print that was also used in the top.
Using light blue thread on top and dark pink on the bottom, I quilted the patchwork squares with straight lines echoing the vertical and horizontal seams, stopping and starting around the elephants and hearts.  I debated for quite some time whether or not to quilt on top of the elephants with a different stitch, but ultimately decided to let them be. To hold the layers together around the elephants, I stitched around each of the bodies and ears in coordinating colors so you really can't even tell from the front. You can see the stitch outline on the back here.
The finished size of this quilt is 56" x 68". I am happy to report that Rihana was very pleased with her new quilt. She told her mom that she was never leaving it. How sweet!

Linked To:
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday
Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday
I Have to Say... for Show and Tell Tuesday
Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

18 comments:

  1. OMG this is so cute! I love how those little elephants and the hearts POP!

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  2. Stacy-I loved how this turned out! The little elephant appliqué makes this so fun! You did a lovely job! :)

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  3. Beautiful quilt. I like how it is simple yet perfect. Well done!

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  4. This is so precious! Beautiful finish!

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  5. Hi! This is really beautiful! Lovely idea to add those cute elephants! Teje

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  6. LOVE THIS!!!! The colors are so soft and work lovely together. The cutest elephants ever!

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  7. This turned out beautiful! Love the elephants now that they are on the quilt.

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  8. That is super sweet. I love how you personalized it in the heart.

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  9. This is awesome!!! I love how the patchworks are subtle, and the elephants stand out. SO pretty. And your applique is awesome! ♥

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  10. It is just beautiful - your fabrics choices all look gorgeous together and your elephant it adorable. It will be a favourite for her for many years I am sure!

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  11. This is so damn cute! Those little elephants turned out absolutely darling and I'm in love with that pink and white polka dot minky. I've got to find some of that for myself! Love it

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  12. So, so cute in every way. Even without the elephants and the backing, that is one of the prettiest quilts I have ever seen. The Elephants and the backing add the perfect touch of fun.

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  13. Beautiful! I love your soft patchwork colors...so pretty and helps to make those cute elephants pop! Do you have any tricks for working with minky? I've only tried once...it is so slippery and stretchy.
    fabulous finish!

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    1. Thanks Katelyn! Suprisingly, I have not had any trouble when using minky as a backing fabric. My success comes from spray basting and some pinning even though the pinning may not be necessary.

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  14. Hi Stacey! I love the juxtaposition of the light background with the bright elephants and that backing is just too cute!

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  15. Oh, this is precious :D I love the subdued pastels behind the bright elephants. So simple, and yet it just reaches out and grabs you.

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  16. I absolutely love ALL of your choices on this quilt. It's completely perfect and if it were my quilt I'd never leave it, either. The pink elephants are squeal worthy!!!

    Thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

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