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?
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.
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.
(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.
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!