Appliqué Elephants Quilt Block #1

Appliqué Elephants - Block 1

Michelle Quilting , , ,

I have finished the first block for the appliqué elephants quilt. In my previous excursions into appliqué, I used hidden stitches. For this quilt I decided to use a whip stitch for the simple reason that I genuinely like how it looks.

Appliqué Elephants - Block 1

I am using a Sewline Glue Pen, recommended by my friend, Karen, at Quilts…Etc. to fold under the edges. I am very pleased with this glue stick. It’s easy to use, isn’t messy, and holds for a long time. I glued these edges down at least a week before I started to appliqué.

I’ll admit, the curves are giving me a little grief, but I hope that will improve with time.

I decided I wanted to use hand quilting thread for the whip stitching, so I ordered Aurifil hand quilting thread. I’m really pleased with it. It looks nice and isn’t prone to getting tangled.

So far so good!

The other day, mom needed to make a trip to Quiltique for more fabric for a quilt she is making. So I invited myself along. It was fun spending her money! While we were there, I took the opportunity to snap a photo of their version of the appliqué elephants quilt – the one which inspired me to make my own.

Quiltique’s Appliqué Elephant Quilt

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43 Comments

  1. Love the elephant!! This is going to be an amazing quilt! I’m with you on the stitches, I like how it looks. I use that glue pen on EPP projects all the time!

    1. Thanks so much Diann! I ordered the glue pen from Amazon. (If you click on the picture of the glue pen, it should take you straight to it.)

  2. That elephant is adorable, and I love that there will be an entire herd of them in a quilt! I’ve used that glue before as well – it holds really well. Thanks for linking to MCM today!

  3. Hi Michelle! This is just GORGEOUS. I love how this is turning out, and I’m a big fan of the appliqué stitches showing. I think it just finishes them off nicely. Do you plan on making your quilt top as large as the inspiration one? I can hardly wait to see this move forward. Thanks for linking up today! ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Thanks so much, Roseanne! Yes, I do plan to make it the same size as the pattern. I have a 2 1/2 year old grandson who I intend to send it to. Hopefully, he will get it by the time he is 4! 😄 Thanks for the feedback on the whip stitch. I was a little unsure about it. But I really like it too.

  4. One lady in my guild worked on these elephants at last years retreat. This year she was doing butterflies. I wish I had the patience for such a project.

  5. Before I clicked on the elephant I knew it had to be you. This is adorable. Thank you for mentioning the glue pen, I’ve wondered how well they work, Thank you for linking up and for your linky party.

  6. Your first block is so wonderful I know this quilt will be gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  7. Oh I think this quilt is going to be gorgeous. Thanks for linking up with us at the #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 7 pinned!

  8. That elephant quilt is so adorable, I can see why it called to you! Your fabric is really pretty on this first one, and I like the whip-stitched look for it. I’ll enjoy watching more elephants come along!

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