Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival


I hope you're ready to spend a lot of time cruising blogs since the Blogger's Quilt Festival kicks off today and runs through Nov. 8th. It's always fun to see so many bloggers come together and share their creations and the inspiration is overflowing. A huge THANK YOU to Amy of AmysCreativeSide, who has been putting this together for years, I can't even imagine how much work goes into it. 

A funny thing happened on my way to the last festival, I got sidetracked by this guy and never made it.

I did use him for a string challenge, but I feel it's right that he finally makes it to this show.

I became obsessed interested in making him after seeing a watercolor painting which just screamed quilt to me. 
I've had a lot of questions about him so here's how he came about. While I was making him I never even thought of taking pictures, but I'm working on the next one and didn't completely lose my mind with it, so I have pictures of that one, I'm pretty sure you'll know what the next animal is.

I started with a quick outline sketch of what I wanted, nothing fancy, just size and most important the curves for his trunk.

Heres the new one, can you tell what it's going to be? I laid my strips down on the outline for color placement, size and checking those curves.

Sewing the curves is the most important part, but easy

Once he was all sewn together, I made his tusks, then drew the pattern on WonderUnder, trimmed him down and appliqued him to the backing. 

I kept the quilting very simple, remembering an elephant I loved at the zoo when I was a child, who would spray water at people as they walked by. 

He was great fun to make and I'm so happy he finally made it to the festival. I hope you like him.

Finished size is 29 1/2" X 22"
Category: Wall Hanging

I hope you enjoy the festival and join in. Again Thanks to Amy for putting this all together.

Later gators,


  1. This is too cute! What a fun way to show use those prints. I adore the stripey elephant.

  2. I love your elephant. I printed it out and it is on my cork board now. He's just sew cute! No wonder you got distracted.

  3. Yea....glad he made it in. Love the colorful array of his trunk!

  4. Very clever...although I presume you meant a string challenge and not 'sting'!!

  5. I always enjoy seeing this - the bright colors and design - just fun!

  6. He is just marvelous, and I really liked seeing your design process that brought him to life!

  7. This is adorable! You are so creative, and I love your use of color. I would like to try something like this.

  8. I do like him! He's so cheery and fun. :D And that's going to be a lovely seahorse.

  9. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I absolutely LOVE this---you have a wonderful imagination and talent for putting this together. :) Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial with us---and I especially wanted to thank you for allowing pinning. My pins are only for my own reference bookmarks since my aging brain forgets so quickly. :D

  10. Ha, I love him, the rainbow and the subject :o)

  11. This is amazing. I am making the same quilt. I saw a t-shirt that had this graphic on it in black and white and fell in love with it. I have some of the pieces cut to make this for my aunt who collects elephants. Crazy! You're right, I immediately saw quilt when I saw the graphic. Great job. I hope mine comes out as good as yours.

  12. Such a cute quilt! A great use of strings!

  13. Like him? I LOVE him!!!! This is stunning. Great use of color and playful and memorable. Such a terrific quilt!!!

  14. This is just so fun!!! Love it:-)

  15. Boy oh boy 'he' is wonderful!!! But he needs a name?
    You did a brilliant job creating and making this whimsical quilt, fine job.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie