Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pachyderms - minis and baby quilts WIPs

I've moved on from goldfish to elephants! Working on a mini quilt for a instagram favorite designer swap and another baby quilt. (I told you it was a season of baby showers!)

I started with a layer cake of Figures by Zen Chic for Moda and a free download pattern from Windham Fabrics.  Don't worry, I'll post the link at the bottom of the post.

Isn't that little elephant cute? Eventually, with some fusible web, some tracing, cutting and a whole lot of ironing, my mini looked like this:

I'm loving it so far. Still need to decide if I'm going to add a border before I sandwich and quilt it. And then decide how to quilt it of course.

For the baby quilt, I first pieced together a few of the layer cake squares and cute my larger elephant out of that. It was super cute in my head but once I got it cut out, I really didn't love it.  So I started over and went with a solid dark navy.
Ah! That was better.  This elephant is four times the size of the little one. Basically I just cut the first one out on his regular printer size piece of paper. For the big one, I blew him up 200% like the pattern suggests. I did the same with the drops and splashes although my elephant's spray isn't exactly like the pattern.
This is the pieces all laid out but not yet ironed down. I still have most of the peeling of paper backing and ironing process to do. But I'm happy with it so far.

You can download the pdf for this pattern here.
This is what their version looks like:
It's quite a different look with this fabric line, called the Raj Collection by French Bull. Some of their water splashes are fussy cut from a paisley print fabric. But that is half the fun of using a pattern right? Making it your own.

I found some awesome fabric at FortWorthFabricStudio.com that is white with blue peanuts on it. It's perfect for the backing.

Thanks for stopping by today. As always, I'd love for you to leave me a comment. And now I'd best be off so I can trot around the web and see what everyone else is working on this week!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshlypieced.com

17 comments:

  1. I'm working on a baby quilt~elephants- as well. I'm thinking this would be super cute on the back...maybe "spraying" the name in letters above the elephant instead of drops~thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Oooh! Great idea! I would love to see that.

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  2. Your elephant is absolutely adorable! Love the color scheme! :)

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    1. Thank you. That is the beauty of working with a good line of fabric. Great colors and pattern are working together. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. That is adorable! What a fun little project.

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    1. Thank you Lori. It is making very happy. Well - except for peeling the backing paper off all those little splashes. ;)

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  4. I saw the thumbnail in the linky party and a smile came to my face...It's such a happy quilt!

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    1. It IS pretty happy isn't it? The larger baby quilt is for a dear friend of mine who lives far away now. She always calls her babies little peanuts. So this is going to be a perfect fit.

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  5. I love elephants. As soon as I saw your photo from the linky party, I began thinking - A new baby is coming into our extended family around Thanksgiving. It is so cute.

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    1. Perfect! Well, follow along then. I'll keep posting pics of my progress and how I quilt it. Maybe it will give you some ideas. But go download that free PDF pattern before you forget!

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    2. Could you please send me a link to the pattern? I can't see it on this page. Thanks :)

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  6. Adorable!! Elephants area ll the rage right now - made one for my grandson that was born last month!!

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    1. Ha! I didn't know I was 'on trend'! Fancy that. Congratulations on your new grandson. Such a blessing!

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  7. Thank you for this tutorial! I love Elephants and will have to make myself this for sure! And, I love both your elephants - especially the blue printed one :)

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    1. I like the blue print one as well. The navy one looks a little boring but I think he will look great once he gets his colorful splash ironed on and a brick border around him. Its for a boy baby so I think the navy was a good choice.

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  8. I like your colorful water splashes and fabric choices better that the original pattern. They are really happy and playful. I also think the scale of the fabric for the elephant was great on the mini. The spheres were about the same size an elephant would balance on. I do like the solid navy on the larger and think he is very effective not pieced. Good choices!

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  9. I cannot thank you enough for having a pdf of the elephant and splashes!! I was wondering how I was going to be able to tell my daughter I just could not draw that elephant to look that good. I might be able to fake my way through the splashes. But that elephant there is NO WAY. And she has her heart set on having elephants for this new baby she is currently calling peanut (until she finds out if it is a boy or girl)! Your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it on pinterest so we could all find it as well!

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