Continuing on with my series of baby quilts, I present to you "Elephant Parade", the third baby quilt I made and gifted to my DD and SIL for their first baby due in June.
This quilt design was offered early in February as a free quilt along by blogger/quilt designer Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. The minute I saw it, I knew I would make it. Lorna is so gifted at quilt design. She knows what works and what appeals to quilters, so I, and many others, jumped on the elephant bandwagon and started sewing. Although she offered Elephant Parade as a free QAL, I purchased the pdf pattern from her so that I could print out a few pages at a time. Because it was to be a gift, I didn't share pictures of my progress on my blog, but now that the quilt is at it's new home, here goes...
As usual, a windy day for the photo shoot, complete with snow banks and Woodworker Hubby doing his best to hang on to the elephants! I quilted it from edge to edge with a serpentine stitch and love the effect of movement it gives the quilt. Thanks, Lorna, for the idea!
The quilt started with a lot of little pieces yet it was very easy to follow along due to Lorna's excellent instructions and pictures.
Before long, the mama elephants were pieced and waiting for their embroidered eyes.
They just weren't complete without their babies...
I love the little critters that Lorna added to the design...
and what a great idea to add the flowers and a little red bird or two!
I couldn't wait to sew everything together and I even managed to follow the instructions so that all the elephants and critters were going in the direction they were supposed to be going!
This was a joy to make and a joy to give. I put a cosy flannel on the back and hope that grand baby boy will enjoy this quilt for years to come. Lorna has set up a Linky party so if you click HERE you'll see lots of terrific Elephant Parades from all over the world.
Do elephants really fly?
It's a great day for quilting!