Sunday, February 9, 2014

Elegant Elephants

Sorry the pictures aren't great, but I am too lazy to trudge outside in the snow for better ones! I started embroidering a dozen pink elephants for a baby quilt last month. My co-worker's nursery is pink, gray, and white with elephants. The elephants have been done for a couple of weeks and I finally found some pink and gray fabrics.

It is 38 inches square. I have a feeling she will use it as a wall hanging or on the back of the rocking chair.
I embroider with perle cotton #8 and Warm and Natural batting behind my fabric. The batting adds stability and helps to hide the knots and stitches on the back of the embroidery. I trim the blocks with their backing of batting down to the correct size and just piece as usual. Then, I place another full sized piece of Warm and Natural batting behind the whole quilt top and on top the backing fabric, pin and quilt. It is slightly thicker behind the embroideries, but probably only noticeable to me when I quilt through it.

The elephants are embroidered in pink and I plan on quilting it with the same pink perle cotton.
I have a fun pink fabric for the backing, I am just going to whip up a label and pin it all together for hand quilting during the Olympics this evening. I am calling this quilt "Elegant Elephants." I am linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

21 comments:

  1. It's adorable... love it! I'm so glad you posted that photo from the back so we could see how you deal with the extra batting behind your stitchery... what a great idea! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. I think this is adorable! So cute and the pink and gray go so well together!

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  3. I LOVE elephants, Tanya :) This quilt is just too cute!

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  4. Very cute! I always wondered how to mix the embroidery in the quilt. Smart to add the extra batting.

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  5. Oh it's really cute! I look forward to seeing it completed

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  6. Love your elephants Tanya...the quilt is beautiful! Well done!

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  7. Lots of really sweet elephants:) Love embroidering so this quilt caught my eye and also like to use batting behind my work.

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  8. So many fun things you are up to - those elephants are so cute & I see you like Crabapple Hill too. We live temptingly close to Primitive Gatherings. Always get into trouble there - wonderful shop.

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  9. What a lot of work! Those sweet elephants are so fun! Pairing them up with the nine patches was a perfect idea. Thanks for sharing the details of how you went about doing the embroidery with the batting in behind. Looking forward to seeing them all quilted up!

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  10. Wow--what a lot of love went into that quilt. I'm sure the new mum will be over the moon!

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  11. A very cute elegant elephant. Lovely.
    Hilary Florence

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  12. The elephants look very cute. I like the 9 patch in between too. Lets the elephants stand out. Interesting technique. Thanks for explaining it.
    valspierssews

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  13. A very cute idea to go with the nursery. Also appreciate the embroidery tip.

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  14. This is super cute. Do you struggle at all quilting through the warm and natural? I helped my mom hand quilt a quilt with it years ago, and I remember it being just a bear.

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  15. Fantastic design, I'm sure she will love it.

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  16. Cute! And thanks for the embroidery tip!

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  17. The elephants are very cute! I am sure it will be well loved.

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  18. Love your elephants!! What a special gift!

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  19. this is too cute!! I love the red and gray color combo and the elephants are adorable!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  20. I love the handstitching...and elephants are so fun! Your color combo really set off the hand work....it truly will be treasured!!

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