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!)
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.
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.
We’re linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
August 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM
This quilt is darling and will be loved. Yay for elephants! And the last photo in your post is terrific. Well done!
August 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM
I love the elephants! Nice quilt!
August 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM
What a Greta Quilt! Love that you went with inspiration from the invitation. Also great job on puffing up the elephants they are adorable!
August 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM
I am in love with that elephant quilt, how clever, creative and generous of you!
August 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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!
August 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM
Beautiful work and sweet theme.
August 30, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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!!
August 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM
Cute!! Love the little elephants and all the greys.
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August 31, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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!!!
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September 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I shared this on my FB page and people loved it!
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