Elephants on Parade

It’s nearly happy dance time!! I’ve finally finished the top for Helen’s elephant quilt, it’s sandwiched, ‘just’ needs quilting and binding!Elephant Quilt

Last time I showed you this quilt I was just starting to stitch the elephant blocks together and was arranging a meeting with my friendly stitch ripper to sort out a miscreant elephant block the following morning. Luckily it didn’t take too long or too many seams to sort out.

Having stitched the five rows of blocks together I tried it on Helen’s bed and decided it really needed a bit more length. I couldn’t face another six elephants so I decided to do a piano key border top and bottom in all the bright batiks, followed by a grey batik border to give it a bit of stability. I think the piano keys work brilliantly, they’re about 4.5″ deep and they really bring the colours out in the quilt.

DSC_0021 (2)I went shopping in Skipton for some backing, I was looking for some dress-weight batik, I’ve used it a few times and it makes a nice soft back, it’s also considerably cheaper than quilting batiks! I’ve seen loads over the summer, but of course now I want some there’s none to be found. I went in the two main fabric shops in Skipton, nothing! The assistant in one shop suggested I tried Boyes. They had a batik there which had blue and green background, a bit subdued, but the main pattern was pink and orange elephants!!! It’s not a perfect match colourwise but I decided it was meant to be!!DSC_0001


My original thought was to have a scrappy colourful binding, however I decided with the backing a simple grey one would work better, so I’ve cut out all my binding strips ready.

This morning I sandwiched the quilt on the lounge floor using 505 basting spray, I love that smoothed out perfect look when it’s all pinned to the floor!


I’ve just got to quilt it now. I’m thinking of doing my usual all over pattern of waves and points. It’ll be one of the biggest quilts I’ve tackled on my sewing machine, so I don’t want to make things complicated for myself. It’s Helen’s birthday on Monday so I’ve no chance of finishing it for then but at least she knows I’m nearly there 🙂

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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23 Responses to Elephants on Parade

  1. The contrast of this quilt is really awesome! Perfect backing selection! You nailed it!

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  2. lbick says:

    It looks great! The backing was meant to be. It’s perfect.

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  3. So cute, someone will be so happy.

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  4. oh wow!!! how pretty!!!!!!

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Quilt almost completed and the additional fabric is perfect – yeah!
    Your daughter will adore it & be the envy of everyone who sees it.

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  6. katechiconi says:

    Sometimes backings pick themselves, and this is one of those times. A lovely quilt for a perfect gift, and your daughter is sure to be thrilled with it.

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  7. Catherine says:

    It looks fabulous! I love your backing fabric. Your daughter will be thrilled with it!


  8. tialys says:

    That backing! What a great find. I’m sure your daughter won’t mind it’s a little late. I made a quilt for one of my daughters for her 18th birthday but I only had the top finished so wrapped it up, gave it to her on the day, then asked for it back to finish it. She then had to wait nearly another year for the finished quilt but at least it was ready when she left to go to University so I think I was forgiven.

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  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Hurrah for Boyes, it’s amazing what they stock!

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  10. kathyreeves says:

    The piano keys…perfect! And who would have thought there was elephant batik! ♥️


  11. sewchet says:

    Wow, it’s utterly fabulous! What a serendipitous find the elephant batik was and I LOVE the ‘piano keys’. Gorgeous!


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