Appliqué Elephants

Appliqué elephants pattern

Michelle Quilting , , ,

For my first quilting project in 9 years, I’ve chosen this appliqué elephants quilt.  So why the long gap in quilting? And why appliqué elephants?

The History

Nine years ago, my family and I experienced a major upheaval with the death of my father. Besides being a shock (sudden death due to heart attack), it created a whole host of new responsibilities and obligations resulting in a move halfway across country, and different jobs. Even when life returned to some semblance of mundane, I couldn’t ever get relaxed enough to create. Work was creating a lot of demands.

In 2016, I met married my husband, Dan, an awesome man! We became acquainted in a Facebook group. With my responsibilities and obligations now complete, I moved 1,500 miles back west. We both retired in 2018. This set the stage for me to be creative again.

Creating Again

I started by learning to create jewelry. It was a hobby I felt I could fit into our 578 square foot condo. (We bought a small condo for its ease of care.) Then I added crocheting, a hobby reconstituted from 25-30 years ago. And now, I find I can no longer resist quilting. Except for the actual quilting, I’ve always preferred to piece by hand, so appliqué should be right up my alley. But the thing that really makes this possible, is that my mom, who is also a quilter, lives 10 minutes from me in a 3 bedroom house. I can store my fabric at her house. I can use her Juki for quilting when the time comes.

Now I am business! I chose elephants because I have a special fondness for these intelligent giants.

Appliqué elephants pattern

(Pattern purchased at Quiltique.)

The blocks are supposed to be 10” X 12”. I realized that although I was careful to add the seam allowance to the elephant, ear, and tail patterns, I forgot to add the seam allowance for the blocks. So I may be adding sashing between these blocks or a good sized border to bring the quilt up to its correct finished dimensions.

Appliqué elephants pattern

Appliqué elephants pattern

My hope is to get at least two blocks completed each month. (More would be better!) Eventually, I intend to give this quilt to my grandson. He is two and half. I have a little time before he’s too old to appreciate it, but I don’t want to wait too long!

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48 Comments

  1. that is a neat project and nice that your mom doesn’t live far and you can use a room there. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since you had quilted I know we had lost touch for awhile but I guess I hadn’t realized it was that long!! We were still in touch for awhile after your dad died I know

    1. I think this project is going to be a lot of fun! Yeah, after my dad died, my internet quilt friends were a big source of comfort. But life just got so crazy eventually that I couldn’t keep up.

  2. That’s going to be such a cute quilt. I’d not worry that the size might be different than the size the pattern says, add sashing if it doesn’t look right without the space between the blocks, otherwise don’t worry about it if you don’t need the quilt to be exactly the size stated on the pattern. I love the material you’ve chosen for your first two blocks.

    1. Thanks so much, Yvonne! Yeah, I don’t need the quilt size to exactly match the pattern. It just needs to fit my grandson. 😄

  3. Michelle, I also have this pattern…mine from Quiltmania. I also intend to make it this year for my 5 year old grandson. Happy Stitching from me!

  4. The elephants made me smile. I say add shashing and in the corner clocks make a circus stool. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down. I’m excited to see your progress on this.

  5. What a beautiful first quilt! I love elephants too, and Edyta Sitar, the designer of that pattern. You’ll have fun I’m sure. Welcome to quilting and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. We’re here to support you, so if you have questions, just ask!

  6. The sweet elephants are the perfect subject for your quilt. I too love elephants. Love the pretty fabrics you have chosen for your first elephant. I am looking forward to visiting you and see the progress of your sweet elephants.

  7. What a fun way to reboot your quilting! And isn’t it convenient to have a quilting mom nearby? My mom is a little farther away from me, but we share supplies all the time. I can’t wait to see your progress over the coming months. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

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