Friday, July 3, 2015

Elephant Mini Finish

I seem to have a bad habit of finishing projects in the reverse order of their deadlines.  You all remember I'm working on two elephant projects, right? One is a baby blanket for a baby who is already a couple of months old. And the other is a mini for an IG swap whose shipping deadline isn't until the end of the summer. So which one do I finish first? The mini, naturally. 

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. 


Linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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15 comments:

  1. What a wonderful mini! I'm sure the IG swap recipient will be very happy. Love the fabric and your quilting. The double layer of batting has created amazing texture!

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  2. Oh wow! Beautiful finish indeed! I really love the texture of the quilting, just gorgeous!

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  3. What a fab mini! I am sure that your partner will love it, I certainly would :)

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  4. It looks great and I love how it shows up on the back of the mini as well.

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  5. Gorgeous. I'm sure your swap partner is going to love it. Your quilting is great-love your choice of designs.

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  6. Your elephant mini is amazing! Your partner is going to love it!

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  7. What a fabulous quilt! Great design, great color balance. What's the wool batting like? lighter in weight? And I absolutely love the quilting. Great decisions!

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  8. This is adorable!!! Love the quilting...the back looks fab too!!! I love that we learning something from each quilt we do and get to apply that to the next quilt we make. Whoever receives this one will love it!

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  9. This is great. When I do a quilt like this I layer the top on a piece of batting ( but no backing) and applique my pieces on and any quilting that needs doing ON THE APPLIQUE PIECES ONLY. I then sandwich the quilt with a second piece of batting and backing as normal to quilt. This gives a great puff to the applique pieces

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  10. It's adorable. I tried out wool batting for the first time, and I totally agree with you. I'll definitely be using it again.

    As for deadlines, well, they're tricky things, aren't they? I prefer self-imposed ones above all.

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  11. Lovely quilt! Thank you for pointing out what you might have done differently - it's so helpful to learn these things. I think your swap partner will be thrilled to receive such a beautiful and unique piece.

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  12. Ich bin ganz begeistert von deinem quilt
    Am liebsten würde ich ihn gleich nachmachen
    Grüße aus Deutschland
    Karo

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  13. Gosh you are well ahead time wise with your swap . The appliqué and quilting worked really well

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  14. Fabulous mini! What a thrill for you swap partner to receive.

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