TGIFF! - Bébé Éléphant

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves a celebration!

When my cousin announced her pregnancy, I (of course) offered to make her a quilt. I'm the only quilter in our huge family so she immediately took me up on the offer.

She sent me some ideas - grey, white, aqua (or mauve, but she went back to aqua) and elephants. Then Pam from Mad About Patchwork contacted me about curating a bundle. Hello!

Remember this yummy stack from Mad About Patchwork? Psst...it's still available. Just sayin'. Holidays and all that. :)

While I ended up taking out some of the darker tones, I used most of these fabrics for the patchwork band and the elephants.

I showed you this layout of the top a couple of weeks ago. The grey (Kona Iron) was looking too dark so I switched it to Kona Ash. Much better!


The Spoonflower fabric for the backing arrived and it was perfect! I decided to try linear loopy quilting for the first time on the grey and stipple in the patchwork band, with my trusty Aurifil light grey (#2600). Love, love, love! 
Bébé Éléphant - Front
Bébé Éléphant - Back
I also decided to wash it to get rid of the guidelines I made for the quilting lines and also so I could see if I liked the scrunchy washed look. Can't say I'm loving it.

I had pre-washed all the fabrics, but not the batting and the batting shrunk. Not a lot, but enough that the fabric looks a little bulky in a few of the lighter quilted areas. Lesson learned -- if I'm going to do looser quilting, I'm going to pre-wash everything.

Not a big deal though -- I still love this quilt and so will my cousin, I hope! It will be perfect for cuddling her petite bébé d'amour!

Final size: 38" by 50".

18 comments:

  1. that is very cute! you've let the fabric 'speak' to you :)

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  2. That is a great quilt M-R! Funny thing: my cousin is having a baby in March and the room is aqua and grey with an elephant theme! I also bought your bundle from Mad About Patchwork! I love your design! Mine will be a little different, hopefully just as nice!

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  3. Love that fabric bundle! The quilt and elephants turned out beautiful!

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  4. MR, your elephant quilt is lovely. Don't be too hard on yourself about the "scrunchy" washed look. It is perfect. I too bought that bundle. Have not cut into it yet, but unlike some of the other stuff I bought lately, it is washed and ironed and ready! bienvenue bébé!

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  5. Love it and great colour changes especially for a baby. Your quilting choice is perfect :D

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  6. The quilt is beautiful and I absolutely love your bundle... Hmmm...it is the holidays... Hahahahaa!

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  7. That is just gorgeous! Lovely the colours and the quilting looks very sweet!

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  8. Oh what a beauty of a baby quilt. The perfect colour combo too : )
    I think I might link up here too

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  9. It is cute. I like the color combo.

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  10. So cute! I love the colours...turquoise is always a hit with me. Really want to try that loopy quilting it looks so much fun :)

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  11. This is adorable! I love the elephants! :)

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  12. So cute! Love the little parade and gorgeous colours :)

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  13. Delightful, absolutely delightful.

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  14. Those elephants are just darling! Such a nice change from the usual baby motifs.

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