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.

Friday, March 13, 2015


 I made a Totem baby quilt!

I've mentioned before that I had the pleasure of meeting Carolyn Friedlander last fall.  Prior to Camp Stitchalot I attended her trunk show at Pink Castle Fabrics.  I've always admired Carolyn's work and seeing it in person was amazing.  When she shared her Totem quilt I knew I had to make it.  I bought (and she signed!) the pattern that night.
It's a paper pieced pattern and very straight forward.  I had planned to add other colors and made several other blocks but this first quilt just begged to be orange!  So I obliged.

The side panels are from Carolyn's Botanics line.  Those tigers are Cotton and Steel.  I copied Carolyn with the quilting - well I tried to.  I think this is the first time I did not unpick one quilting stitch.  It's far from perfection but I love it!

The back is unbelievably soft Shannon cuddle fabric in teal.  I just love how the quilting looks on the back, too. 
 And with the leftover blocks you can be sure there are more Totem quilts to come...