Elie the Elephant


I finished this quilt just before Mother’s Day to send to my friend Carrie, who had a little girl over Thanksgiving. The quilt is made from Cloud 9 organic cotton fabrics, the baby line with elephants. I wanted to do something simple and sweet. I made up a bunch of pinwheels of varying sizes then laid them out in a format I liked.

Most of the top is made with white Kona. The sashing is made from scrap bits of the prints. In each corner of the sash are tiny little pinwheels.

Keeping it simple I was able to have fun with the quilting. I designed an elephant pantograph for my long arm to stitch. Instead of using white thread I used a coral color that matched the coral in the fabric prints. I really love how the quilting came out.

The back is a giant pinwheel made of the prints. I love multi fabric binding edges so I used a mix of the prints to create it. Rarely do I hand sew or embroider but I thought the quilt needed a little of both. The elephant was hand appliqued. On the flag I embroidered Carrie’s baby’s name, Eliana.

I also made Eliana a stuffed elephant toy. The pattern is Heather Baily’s “Effie & Ollie Elephant” pincushion. I felt the pattern was small so I blew it up on my printer to make a larger version of it.


Above is Eliana enjoying her new quilt. I’m happy to know she likes it. Hope you enjoyed seeing it too!




What an adorable baby!

Gorgeous quilt -- and the quilting on it is so fabulous! Lucky little girl there!