Oh well. At least now I'm well practiced in quilting this design when I get around to finishing the baby quilt.
I used a double layer of batting this time - cotton under a wool. First time I've ever used a wool batting. I love the weight it gives to the piece and the extra loft of the two layers. Totally a fan.
I wasn't sure how to quilt the elephant and ended up just quilting around the blue balls in a navy thread to bring them out. It gave some fun lumpy texture to the elephant but was a bit tricky and made me wish I had stitched down the elephant in the navy rather than a light blue because any travel stitching I needed to do really stuck out. In fact - not by way of apologizing for my work or pointing out its flaws, but more in the line of what I learned from this project - I wish I would have done all my applique stitching after I had it sandwiched rather than before.
As it is I ended up doing a lot of close echo stitching around each splash just to get them to puff up. Stitching them down after sandwiching would've accomplished that on its own. So - lesson learned.
But I still totally love this and am super happy with how it turned out. This is my first swap and I'm a bit intimidated by the talent of my partner. But now that I have this finished I'm feeling more confident about sending it to her. Maybe that was why I finished this project first? Hmmm. . . there could be a whole branch of quilter psychology, you know? Or would it be quilter psychopathy?
Anywhoo, the fabric line is Figures by Zen Chic Moda which I also used for the backing -
The mini finished at roughly 20 in square.
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