8 February 2015

Elephant Parade - Week 2 - Small Elephant

Welcome to week 2 of the Elephant Parade!  I will be showing a block each week and would like to encourage you to quilt along.  You can try out as many or as few blocks as you like.  Make a quilt or make a mini.  Make a cushion.  Make whatever your imagination leads you to make!

Alice let her imagination lead her to creating this cute quilt....


She sent me a picture of her completed quilt top and has pinned it to her pinterest account here.  Alice explained to me that her daughter, represented by the single pink baby elephant, is very independent and likes to go her own way.  So ADORABLE!  I am in love!

The original post about the inspiration for this baby quilt design can be found here.  I have also added a Elephant Parade quilt along page that includes all the information you will need and a weekly schedule.  As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.  The Elephant Parade page tab is found just below the blog header.


Happily, Northcott Fabrics is as excited to see this come to life as I am, and will be sponsoring this project.  Follow along and watch as these bright solids from their ColorWorks Premium Solids quilting cottons collection become shaped into these adorable animals!

It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you are wanting to make the complete quilt, as pictured above, and would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern,  Elephant Parade is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.



For one small elephant block, as pictured below, you will need:

Snow 9000-10 (off white)
1 @ 3.5" x 7.5" rectangle, 1 @ 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle, 1 @ 2.5" square, 1 @ 1.5" x 3.5” rectangle, 3 @ 1.5" squares

Slate 9000-93 (dark grey)
1 @ 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle

Glacier 9000-910 (light grey)
1 @ 3.5" square, 1 @ 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle, 1 @ 2.5" square, 2 @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles and 2 @ 1.5" squares



If you are making the complete quilt, you will need 14 of these blocks - 9 facing left and 5 facing right.


Press all seams open and press seams as you go.

Step 1:  Take the 2.5" x 3.5" light grey rectangle and a 1.5" white square.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" white square.  Place the white square on the top left corner of the light grey rectangle and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.



Step 2:  Take the 1.5" x 3.5" dark grey rectangle and the 1.5" light grey squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" light grey squares.  Place the light grey squares on the dark grey rectangle and sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.




Step 3:  Take the 3.5" light grey square and a 1.5" white square.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" white square.  Place the white square on the top right corner of the light grey square and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.



Step 4:  Take a 1.5" x 3.5" white rectangle and the units made in Step 1 to Step 3.  Arrange them in order, as shown.  Sew them together.  Press the seams open.



Step 5:  Take the 2.5" x 3.5" white rectangle, 2.5” light grey square and a 1.5" white square.  Draw a diagonal line across the 2.5” light grey square and the 1.5" white square.  Place the light grey square on the left end of the white rectangle and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.  Place the white square on the top left corner and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.



Step 6:  Take the 2.5" white square and 2 of the 1.5” x 2.5" light grey rectangles.  Arrange them in order, as shown.  Sew them together.  Press the seams open.



Step 7:  Take the units made in Step 5 and Step 6.  Arrange them in order, as shown.  Sew them together.  Press the seams open.



Step 8:  Take a 3.5" x 7.5" white rectangle and the units made in Step 4 and Step 7.  Arrange them in order, as shown.  Sew the units together and press the seams open.  Sew a button or embroider the eye on the completed block.  I used iron on stabilizer to back the portion of the block where the eye was embroidered.  I do not recommend using buttons on items intended for use by young children or babies.  For the complete quilt you will need 9 blocks facing left and 5 blocks facing right.

Completed block will measure 8.5" tall by 7.5" wide including seam allowances



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A quilt along button has been added to the right sidebar.  If you are interested in quilting along, please add the button to your blog and help to spread the word.  It's never to late to join in and quilt along!

Please feel free to share via social media!  And add the hashtag #elephantparadeqal

I have also added a new page tab Elephant Parade under the blog header.  Here you will find all the details of the quilt along and a schedule.  Links will be added to this schedule as each post is published.


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18 comments:

Teje Karjalainen said...

Super cute, Lorna! Ant that quilt with pink little one is beautiful! x Teje

G'macht in Oberbayern said...

Hi Lorna, I can't resist this sweet quilt, but I use your sweet pattern for a tablerunner like Sabine (http://contadinasway.blogspot.de). She infected me.... :o) Yesterday I did two of the big elephants, today I want to work 5 little one... Thanks a lot for this cute pattern!!!
I wish you a wonderful Sunday! Greatings from Germany/Upper Bavaria!
Marlies

Needled Mom said...

These are soooo cute!

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for sharing these Lorna. I hope to join in one day. So many projects on the go.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

So fun and what a great featured quilt - that was a fast finish! I need to finish my large elephants today so I can start on these fun small ones!

Lara B. said...

Alice's one little pink elephant - that is such a cute story! I'm having so much fun making this quilt Lorna!

Alexandra said...

A lovely small elephant. Thanks for your pattern.
Alexandra

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

Every time I open a post on this quilt I cannot get the Henry Mancini song Baby Elephant Walk out of my mind. You can hear it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYu7c4Vkmp0

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Thanks for sharing sweet Lorna!
Today I can start with this lovely Elephant babys!!
Hugs, Deborah

krislovesfabric said...

Thanks for a fun pattern, look forward to making bitty elephants today :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Hop over to http://aquiltingchick.blogspot.com/ and see her scrappy elephants. I'm taking care of my sick daughter so no sewing. Trying to keep with my Kindle.

Janet @ Simply Pieced said...

This is so cute! I love the pops of color and the pink baby elephant Thanks for the tutorial!

Patch the Giraffe said...

So adorable! Saving this for a rainy day :)

Val's Quilting Studio said...

HI Lorna....so bummed I'm unable to participate in this QAL as I originally had hoped but wanted to thank you for the pattern at such a great price!! It was soooo easy to purchase through my paypal account....easy as 1,2 3....and now I have it for safe keeping for some summer sewing when life isn't so busy! (You can tell, I'm just in love with this one!!! So sweet!!) With smiles! Val:) (It was purchased under my husband's name)

Svarta Malin said...

Supercute!! Thankyou!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thanks for sharing dear Lorna,
the Elephant Babys are gorgeous ♥
Liebe Grüße
Bente

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

-and I forgot to say, that I love Alice´s Quilt Top,
so cute with the pink elephant baby ♥

Vera said...

I made two today so thank you for sharing! My elephant family is complete :)

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