Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Elephants on Parade


I finished this quilt top way back when...and it sat, and sat, and sat, and sat  until I mustered up the energy for a basting session to get this little guy ready to quilt.  I was all set up with my free motion foot ready to quilt this little guy, and at the last minute changed my mind.  There really was no rhyme or reason, but I suddenly thought this quilt needed some wavy lines, nice and simple, like this quilt from last year.  Once washed, I just love how much texture this sort of quilting gives the finished product, and bonus, its quick and easy!  I didn't quilt quite as densely as I did before, quilting a line along each vertical seam, and then one down the center of each block (about every 1.5"), so I hope once washed, it will look similar.


The construction of this quilt was quite simple, by alternating 9 patch blocks and wonky star blocks, a la Vanessa's Reverse Hopscotch baby quilt.  I saw Vanessa posting progress pics of her quilt on Instagram, and I knew this was the perfect use of these fabrics I had sitting in a pile waiting to magically become a baby quilt.


This quilt is going in a stash of baby quilts I've been whipping up, as it seems every time we turn around, another friend or family member is announcing they are having a baby right around the same time as me!  It should be fun, in that we almost have enough little ones on the way to make our own play group once the  time comes!

Quilt Stats
Name:  Elephants on Parade
Pattern:  None, inspired by Vanessa Christiansen's Reverse Hopscotch Quilt
Size:  45" x 45"
Fabrics used:  Elephant print from Joann's and coordinating prints from stash
Backing:  Solid aqua bed sheet
Binding: Aneela Hooey Little Apples strip in aqua
Quilting:  Vertical serpentine lines appx every 1.5" 


  1. Oooo, beautiful fabrics!
    And I just LOVE wavy line quilting!
    What a cute quilt.

  2. Oh its just lovely! Love the pattern and the fabrics.

  3. Love this Jess - the elephant fabric is so cute!

  4. It's adorable - great colours! I haven't tried this pattern yet but I do love the print background/solid stars idea.

  5. Oh how I wish I had babies to make quilts for! This one is very nice. I like the reverse star effect.

  6. Very pretty, I love the white stars!

  7. very lovely quilt. Great colors.