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!
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.
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!!
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 🙂