My friend Andrea is having a baby soon. She wanted to learn to quilt and somewhere along the line we came up with the idea that I could teach her how to quilt and make a quilt for her baby at the same time. What is more heartfelt than quilt that you handmade for your precious baby? So this summer we got to work. I bought the fabric for the quilt at our local quilt shop. She is having a little boy so she is doing the room in grey, turquoise and light blue and is using elephants as a theme. I had a great time shopping! I found this cute retro looking elephant print first. It had the light grey background with the elephants. I wasn't sure about the green but I thought what the heck! I really hadn't had any luck finding any elephants up to that point so I decided I couldn't be too picky. I then picked out my other fabrics and brought them home.
|The elephant fabric that was the inspiration for this quilt.|
|A closer view of some of the other fabrics we used.|
|Andrea at the end of a long day holding up her finished quilt.|
I did the quilting for the elephant quilt on my longarm. I used the focus elephant fabric for the backing and also for the binding since I had some leftover. I had some leftover because I miscalculated on how much fabric I was going to need and didn't take in to consideration that the elephants were a directional print. (I really shouldn't be telling all my secrets!) I really loved this quilt and I had it hanging in my quilt studio until this week when I had to take it down and give it to Andrea. That little boy is going to be arriving soon and he's going to need his quilt more than I am.
|Here's the finished quilt hanging in my quilt studio. It looked like it belonged in there and really brightened my day.|
Since the inspiration for Andrea's quilt was a Halloween quilt I decided that I really needed a chevron quilt with Halloween fabrics just like the tutorial. I had collected a few Halloween prints on my trips to quilt shops while on the Row by Row quilt challenge that has been going on this summer at quilt shops around the nation. Then my aunt gave me two different Halloween prints that she had bought the month before my cousin was born in 1987. I know this because the receipt was still in the bag! Once I had those there was no stopping me and I quickly bought the rest of my fabrics and got started. I had learned quite a bit from the baby quilt and I used that knowledge to make my quilt a little bit wider. I also decided I wanted to make it square as I had never done that before.
|Here's my quilt before I added the borders. I really like how bright it is and orange isn't a color I usually use.|
After I finished I wanted a small black border to go around the outside of the quilt to kind of frame it. I went to another local quilt shop and found the perfect black star fabric to use to frame it. But I also found a beautiful lime green fabric and decided I needed it to make a very small border around the quilt before adding a little bit larger black border. Buying fabric is indeed a slippery slope.
|Here's a close up of the two borders I added. Most of the times I use borders to finish making my quilts big enough. This is one time I think the borders really finished the quilt.|
|A close up of the backing fabric. They are pretty small.|
|You can see the quilting of the swirls, stitch in the ditch between the black and lime green border and my ruler work on the chevrons.|
|My finished quilt.|
I've decided I'm not done with chevron quilts. JoAnn's has a lot of Thanksgiving fabric and I have enough Christmas fabric in my stash for several quilts. I'm also thinking it would be fun to make a two colored chevron quilt with one colored/print fabric and the other a solid white. I usually don't consider myself a modern quilter even though I love modern quilts but if I keep making chevron quilts that might change!