It’s happy dance time on Nelly’s Parade! I have finally finished the elephant quilt for my daughter Helen, it’s only about 12 months since she asked me! Last week I set too and finished the quilting, which as usual (for something I was putting off!) it didn’t take half as long as I expected.
Earlier this week I started stitching the binding on, I’ve finally got the knack of doing the mitred corners without having to find the instructions in a book. I always hand-stitch the binding down which does take a good evening but I think it gives a much neater finish.It’s also one of those jobs you can do without thinking really, have a good day dream and before you know it it’s done. Zach, our old dog, otherwise known as my little black shadow, decided I needed some company!
I tend to label my quilts directly on the back, rather than attaching a separate label. I followed the line of the quilting and just did simple back-stitch letters. Usually I do this freehand, but this time I decided to use my silver gel pen and I must admit it was easier. I added a silver elephant button which is one I saved from a dress I made Helen when she was a toddler.
I gave Helen the choice of quilt names, Elephants on Parade or Nelly’s Parade. She chose Nelly’s Parade which I was pleased about as it was my favourite. Nelly was her nick-name as a child and of course there is Nelly the Elephant. Helen is in the Army , so this is my Helen on parade…
So, to sum up this quilt, the original pattern was Elephants by Laundry Basket Quilts, in the end I just used the main elephant applique pattern and changed the layout to make it the size I wanted. The fabrics are all batiks, mainly from my stash, the backing fabric is a batik with elephants on. The tails and tufts of hair were embroidered in perle thread, the eyes are little black buttons.
It measures approximately 70″ square and as such is the biggest quilt I’ve tackled on my little sewing machine, quilting it in strips definitely helped when moving it around.
I’m really pleased with this one and more importantly, Helen loves it 🙂
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, a celebration of hand-sewing, why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been stitching.