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Adventures in Fabric Art

Sweet Baby Finish


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This baby quilt is not only finished, but it’s ready three weeks before the shower date!


I based the design on this shower invitation (which I knew wasn’t generic, it really reflected the nursery theme).  I didn’t find any elephants I liked better, so I even stole those.  I blew them up and printed them onto freezer paper.  I ironed that to the top of the fabric, and Steam-A-Seam Lite to the back, and cut out the little elephant sandwiches very easily.  (Looks like I’m going to make it through with my Steam-A-Seam stash.  Here’s an update from the Warm Company.  it’s almost back!)

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I put a piece of puffy poly batting on the back of the quilt top behind each elephant before I satin stitched around them.  This worked in place of stabilizer and gave me nice, pouffy elephants.

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Instead of stitching in the ditch between all the blocks (I didn’t want the grid lines), I used Vanish water-soluble thread to machine baste a few lines down the quilt and a few lines across.  This kept everything square while I free-motioned lines and circles on the chevrons.  I stitched in the ditch between colors.


The back is darker gray chevrons.  The binding is gray and white stripes (none of the grays in this match!) with a flange in the same blue as the elephants.


So, the first of the chevron baby quilts is finished.  Look for the other one next week.

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We’re linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

13 thoughts on “Sweet Baby Finish

  1. This quilt is darling and will be loved. Yay for elephants! And the last photo in your post is terrific. Well done!

  2. I love the elephants! Nice quilt!

  3. What a Greta Quilt! Love that you went with inspiration from the invitation. Also great job on puffing up the elephants they are adorable!

  4. I am in love with that elephant quilt, how clever, creative and generous of you!

  5. Valerie, I am in AWE over how perfectly you captured that shower invitation! It is such an adorable quilt and sure to be the biggest hit! I love those little elephants against the chevrons!

  6. Beautiful work and sweet theme.

  7. I love every single thing about this quilt. The fabrics, the colors, the pattern, the quilting, and the two-colored binding. And trapunto elephants?! Shut the front door!!

  8. Cute!! Love the little elephants and all the greys.

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  10. OMG!!! This is darling. My daughter loves elephants and they plan on getting pg soon….. I might just have to be “ahead of schedule” myself!!!

  11. I shared this on my FB page and people loved it!

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