Sunday, March 29, 2015

elephant parade

I really enjoy online quilt alongs.  The #ElephantParadeQAL has been no exception. 
The free pattern is by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and available here

My elephants turned out to be quite bashful.  It seems they do not like to be photographed!  I have been trying almost two weeks now but just can't seem to capture how cute this quilt is.  


We tried parading down the street but it's been just a bit too dark - even with daylight savings time.


I was hoping to parade through a neighbor's naturalized crocus patch but it just won't warm up enough for them to open.

Oh well.  Here a few close-ups of the darling participants.





I used some favorite prints from favorite designers including:
  • Flea Market Fancy Eyelet by Denyse Schmidt
  • Squared Elements from Art Gallery
  • Crosshatch by Carolyn Friedlander
  • Dottie from Cotton & Steel
  • Bike Path by Alison Glass
  • And my first ever cut into Liberty Tana Lawn for those pretty blue flowers.
The back is a large piece of Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt.  With an extra strip of Dottie just to break things up (and hide the seam!)


The white background is Plank from the new Doe line by Carolyn Friedlander.  I'm sorry you can't see it in the photos.  I tried to quilt this with long narrow planks to match.  It turned out looking more like a mosaic but I like it.

Marching out of March into (hopefully) warm spring showers...Left.  Left.  Left, right, left...
 
Linking up with others at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Thanks for hosting all the fun, Lorna!  
And thanks to Sandy at Upstairs Hobby Room for bring this quilt along to my attention.

Editing to add a  Finish it up Friday link with Crazy Mom Quilts.

22 comments:

  1. So so cute. I am going to join in very soon and make one for a baby shower gift.

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    1. Thanks Danice. The new baby will love it!

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  2. Thank you so much for quilting along Karen. It has been a pleasure to watch your progress over on instagram.... And it's so nice to have met a new friend! That Sandy is super and I really appreciate all the attention she brought to this quilt along. Love your fabric choices for your parade. And the straight line quilting looks fabulous. Such a fun post! Here's hoping for some spring weather soon!

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    1. Thanks again, Lorna. Making new friends on social media is the best. Now I'm off to check out those zebras!

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  3. I love your quilt and the straight line quilting on it! Very, very cute! I had trouble photographing mine, too. I think it was all the white...maybe. Or it might just have been the lady behind the camera. LOL

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    1. Hi Carol. I think you are right about both the white backgrounds and the ladies behind the cameras! The quilting is actually long narrow rectangles. I tried to make it look like planks but it all came out in the wash. Oh well, I love the crinkly look. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Could this be any cuter???? I think NOT!! Of course I would love it.....it has some of my favorite critters on it!! I think you did a fine job of conveying the cuteness of this one!! I have some elephants to ask you about next time I see you. Love, J

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    1. Thanks Janet. She has new patterns coming out with zebras and...GIRAFFES!

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  5. I love this quilt-along, too. Mine is nearly finished :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nita. I'll be watching for your finish.

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  6. Congratulations on such wonderful and sweet finished quilt!

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    1. Thanks Christine. I'm so happy to have you stop by here!

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  7. Your elephants quilt is really fun! i really love all of the modern fabrics you have used . They really go well toegther. The quilt is soft and fresh!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks Esther. Everything came from my stash except the Doe background. It was fun to "shop" at home for these!

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  8. I absolutely love your elephants. They are indeed much fun. But look at this turtle... I think he is my favourite!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura. I love his smile and how it looks like he's ready to jump right out of line and off the quilt!

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  9. That is so pretty! I love your Totem baby quilt, too.

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  10. Looking good! You got some pretty eyes. Have you used machine stitch for those? I also like those pretty small prints you used. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Vera. I cut the eyes from a scrap of black wool felt and hand appliqued them on. I really like how they are raised and a different texture but couldn't get a photograph to show it. The rest of the detail (around the frog and turtle eyes and the birds' legs) is just a very tight zig zag stitch I did with my machine.
      Isn't it fun to see how different everyone is finishing their quilts?

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    1. Hi Ginny. Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the quilt love!

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