Saturday, July 31, 2010

I finished my little elephant

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This was one very fun quilt to make.

A little elephant for Everett

Measures: 32" x 37"

Made from Jenn Ski's Aldo to Zippy, some Riley Blake Wheels, and Kona solids.

Requested by an online friend for her bestie's new little boy about to be born.

Process notes:

  •  I was inspired by this quilt, but couldn't resist incorporating the solids too.
  •  The inner border is 2 1/2" (unfinished)
  •  The outer pieces were cut 5" x whatever I felt like
A little elephant for Everett
  •  I made the little elephant by tracing the outline of the elephant on the panel that comes with this collection, and then transferring him to some kona coal, with ash for the ear.  I decided he needed the little pops of color behind him, because they were cute.  His tail was done with one of my fancy machine stitches I almost never get to use.
A little elephant for Everett

What I love about this quilt:
  • Almost everything
  • The fact that it took me one nap-time, one after bed, one early morning, and one "here sit next to me and play with my rulers while I sew on the binding" to complete
  • The interplay of the solids with the prints
  • The bright white, wonderfully crinkly centerpiece
  • The cute little elephant (of course)
  • The scrappy, solid binding 
A little elephant for Everett

What I don't love about this quilt:

  • The fact that my zig-zag stitch doesn't hold down the appliqué as well as the blanket stitch (I was trying something new!), and I worry something will happen to it!
  • The boring back (just a piece of kona slate)
  • The fact that the bright white won't be a bright white for too long!  (Sorry Everett's mama -- I know white isn't practical for babies, but it looked so good!)
Steiger really doesn't want to let this quilt go... definitely time for Mommy to make him an I-spy quilt. :)

What do you all think?

A little elephant for Everett

27 comments:

CaraQuilts said...
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momto2wasd said...

It's adorable! I love the colors.

AllieKatMom said...

Oh ya, I spy quilt! Cant wait to see that one!

Cherie said...

So cute! I want to make an I spy quilt too. Hmmm....maybe an online swap could help with that?!?! Interested?

Luv 2 Kreate said...

You definitely need to make Steiger one!

Kelly said...

I see a quilt and a hexi ball for Steiger in your future! Love it!

The One and Only said...

I have a question please....the white got crinkley because you washed it right? Do you always do that to your quilts before giving them away? I am about to baste, quilt and bind my first quilt and was wondering if I should wash it before giving it to the giftee....btw, the quilt is waaayyy adorable!!

KarrieLyne said...

That quilt is absolutely adorable Tracey!!

Jorie said...

"The fact that it took me one nap-time, one after bed, one early morning, and one "here sit next to me and play with my rulers while I sew on the binding" to complete"

---THAT is when I know someone has a child around the age of mine, hahah! And it's funny you mention an I Spy quilt, I just saw what that was for the first time the other day, and while at a restaurant this morning, the backs of the booths gave me some inspiration for a simple, yet GREAT for an I Spy quilt... Maybe the swap idea mentioned above wouldn't be a bad idea! You could count me in!

Denise :) said...

Very darling! Best of all? The time! Whoohoo! :)

shelia said...

so stinkin cute!

Sue said...

I really love this quilt! It is fabulous!

Donna S. said...

Capitol "A" dorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuschia said...

Is it me or is that free motion quilting in that there background? ;)

pinksuedeshoe said...

Gaa! That is so cute, the bright colors, the little elephant, everything! Love it.

Jenn said...

Another great quilt by Tracey. Super cute. Did you do the quilting on the white? It looks good.

Sarah Craig said...

Tracey, that is adorable!! And I actually like it better than your inspiration quilt. You should make a pattern for download..... It is so bright and cheerful, it's no wonder Steiger doesn't want to let you send it off!

Katie B. said...

Tracey! This quilt is adorable! I love every thing about it. Honestly, this has to be one of my favorite little boy quilts I've seen.

holly p said...

Tracey this quilt is so cute! I love the little elephant and the use of solids.

Jeannette said...

How adorable Tracy! I love the elephant applique :)

Trisha said...

Such a cute, bright, fun quilt! I love that little elephant!

Mandy said...

So cute!! I love the elephant!

Jamie said...

It looks beautiful! Maybe she'll decide to hang it on the wall.

Julie said...

This is adorable! I love the bright colors. I may have to try one of these.

a little bit biased said...

It's perfec! I love the bright colors. Great job!

Cat B said...

WOW I love this quilt! What a lucky little boy!
I am intrigued how you manage to get ""here sit next to me and play with my rulers while I sew on the binding"" time .. .. .. Master almost 5 would play trains next to me whilst I sewed, however, Miss 2 would destroy the sewing room before I could say "don't touch that"

pioneervalleygirl said...

This is so cute!

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