Nelly’s Parade

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 theΒ  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 πŸ™‚

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.

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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32 Responses to Nelly’s Parade

  1. OMG so fabulous! I just love all the special touches you added to make the quilt extra precious!
    Great way to label a quilt with the hand stitched words!
    Congrats on this finish!

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  2. Catherine says:

    This is so fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful quilt with us along the way! Maybe it’s because I love elephants, but this is just fantastic! I bet your daughter will love it!

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    You’ve made a lovely quilt your Helen will treasure always.
    (My, they both do look grand on parade!)

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  4. Suzanne says:

    It definitely was worth the wait….beautiful finish!

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  5. oh wow!!!!! It turned out beautiful!!! The name is perfect. You did a fantastic beautiful job! =)

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  6. Debbie says:

    A stunning quilt, what beautiful fabrics and colours.
    I am sure your daughter will love it.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    No surprise that she loves it! It is such a u owe and wonderful gift!

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  8. katechiconi says:

    What a smart turnout, both Nelly and Helen on parade!

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  9. CathieJ says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I adore the fabric colors.

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  10. tialys says:

    Of course she loves it – it’s beautiful and the button is such a special touch.

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  11. Sarah says:

    Great job. It’s a lovely quilt and gorgeous fabrics!

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  12. Deb says:

    Instead of a like button there should be a I love it button!❀️

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  13. Crazyqstitcher says:

    Wonderful quilt with so much love and work incorporated into it. Such a special gift for Helen.

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  14. Trisha says:

    Beautiful quilt!


  15. Kate says:

    Love the elephants, and the extra embellishments you added!


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