From design concept to reality….
The making of the Elephant Parade quilt has been a joy filled journey.
This project was generously sponsored by Northcott Fabrics. All those adorable animals were made from Northcott’s ColorWorks Premium Cotton Solids. Those rich and vibrant colours really pop against that snowy background. I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out!
Although I would have preferred an overcast day for taking these outdoor photos, I wasn’t about to complain that we had two brilliantly bright and sunny days in a row. And there was no wind!
I like using a decorative stitch in an edge to edge design for a fast finish. For the quilting, I decided to go with the Serpentine stitch, setting my stitch length to 3.0 and width to the 9.0 maximum. And quilted lines that were spaced the width of my walking foot apart. Approximately.
The backing is this delightful print: Elephants in Grey by Ed Emberley from the Happy Drawing collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Thank you, Ed Emberley! You are truly an inspiration!
I purchased this backing fabric from Hawthorne Threads just before Christmas and mentioned it in this Sunday Stash report. Because this quilt is wider than the standard width of fabric, I knew there would have to be a seam line. I did not want that seam line to be apparent and knew that making a matched seam using another cut of the Elephants fabric would be nearly impossible to accomplish. For that reason, I decided to add this narrow band of Turquoise where the two pieces of Elephants print would meet.
To finish my quilt, I used the Little Bit Binding method. I love the results! Those little pops of colour add interest and continuity to the design. The Little Bit Binding method will be included in my final installment of the Top 10 Tips for New Quilters. This post will cover the mastering of a machine finished binding and variety of binding methods. It is scheduled to be published tomorrow.
The old hay wagon may have seen better days. But I love it just the way it is. The Elephant Parade quilt finished at 48.5″ x 55.5″ and is now listed with my other Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop.
Are you ready to Quilt Along?!!!
Grab a button and join in the Elephant Parade! It starts on February 1st!
You can read more about the quilt along plans here.
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