Thursday, April 3, 2014

Applique Elephant {a finished quilt}


I needed a quilt for a friend’s baby shower, so I went to my copy of the book Quilts, Baby! for an idea.

This book has many inspirational and very original patterns in it, but I don’t recommend it to a beginner.  It’s more for an experienced quilter.


The elephant is raw-edge appliqued to the front.  After washing and drying, the edges of the elephant are softly frayed.


The background gray stars, the gray of the elephant’s body, and the pale yellow solid on the back are all Quilter’s Candy from Connecting Threads.  The brown for the eye and binding are from my stash.  And the blue plaid for the ear is from a recent trip to JoAnn’s.  It just called out to me from the fabric bolts as I was walking past.


The baby’s initials are embroidered with gray perle thread on the elephant’s neck. 

I wanted to make a matching basket for the baby’s room, using the same fabrics from the baby’s quilt.  The lining is solid yellow and the handles and bottom are linen.


I didn’t know what to put in the basket, but then I found a cute hooded towel (washcloths too) and onesies with elephants to carry on the theme and colors.



Too cute!


The finished quilt is 42” x 42”.   The batting is higher loft.

Thanks for reading!  Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. What a wonderful idea for a new baby gift! I love the elephant design. How was quilting with that higher loft batting?

  2. That elephant quilt is adorable and what a lovely idea to make the basket as well. Really lovely.

  3. What a fabulous present! I love the elephant theme. :-)

  4. adorable Jamie. I'm sure your friend will love all this elephant goodness.

  5. Simply adorable Jamie,and I love the coordinating basket and gifts!

  6. Hi, Jamie!

    Your friend is lucky to receive these beautiful presents -just love the elephant theme! And - it seems like the sun has arrived :)

    Wish you a fantastic weekend!

    Liv Iren

  7. your baby gifts are adorable Jamie. Elephants are my favourite so this quilt is just the best and all the extras - you go the extra mile :-)

  8. Wonderful gift! You just totally spoiled them and I'm jealous! Can we be friends? ;) Fabulous job! Best, Kate

  9. Adorable :-) I love the basket too!!!

  10. What an adorable quilt and gift basket theme, Jamie!

  11. Jamie!! What a sweet, fun quilt!

    I have been eying those baskets as they are so personable and easy to make from what I hear:)

  12. Oh my golly that is such a gorgeous baby quilt!! And the basket too!! I love that you were able to continue the theme of elephants throughout the gifts.

  13. What a darling baby quilt! Love the elephant! I am sure she will love the gift basket as well! :)

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
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