Today I finally finished what I am considering my BIGGEST accomplishment! I finally got my sisters Elephant baby quilt done! I was very nervous taking on this venture as I am terrible at following directions and doing such perfect straight lines. I was also terrified to cut into this gorgeous elephant fabric! This stuff is from FabricWorm
and is organic cotton and cost my sister a small fortune to have it shipped. I DID NOT want to mess this up! The other fabrics and soft minky fleece backing were purchased atFabricland
. Her theme for the bedroom was inspired by this Nursery that she found on Pinterest
I am really pleased with how well this turned out! First time doing a blanket with different sized blocks, first time actually “quilting” the layers and first time doing the binding around the edge! So many new things I had to learn but all in all I enjoyed the learning process the most!
Take a look at my first quilt!
A little Ric-rac to break up the solids!
Check out those *almost* straight lines!
I was given advice from Fat Quarter Shop
for sizing and they pointed me to a ton of amazing patterns and although I loved them all they were still a little too complex for my first venture into quilting! I hopped into a drawing program and made a mock up of what I liked and knew I could handle! I did have to look up how to do the binding though! That was something that had me completely cluecless! Thankfully I was able to find this truly amazing blog post by Crazy Mom Quilts
and Mommy’s Nap Time
and figured it out! It really was a “ah” moment after I sewed the first corner, which didn’t turn out “perfect” but I am so happy with!
Check out the shots below so you can see just all the detail I put into it!
Next up for this nursery is a matching pillow, a MUCH easier task! I’ve got the pillow form already to go, I just have to cut out the fabric! After that we have a list of things to make. We want to use up all the elephant fabric as much as possible! I think my sister bought about 5 metres of it so I still have tons to play with! Once it is all finished I will take a group shot of the handmade items with her very vintage nursery!
All we need now is the baby… any day now baby… Auntie is ready for you!
*This post was originally written 12/04/2013 on my previous blog and reposted here*