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A New Granddaughter, A New Quilt

My friend just became grandmother to another little girl. She is so happy; baby and mother are thriving and full of joy.

In anticipation of Gracie’s arrival, Grandma hand embroidered 12 pretty blocks, then she brought them to me with the fabric she selected and I turned her handwork into a quilt.

Happiness all around!

So, here is the new quilt.

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Blessings for a beautiful weekend.

~Isabella

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People I Want to be

I was on my way to post today when I saw this lovely post by J. Cervantes and everything else dropped away. This young man’s post is beautiful. And so today, I give you my take on Beautiful Hero Stuff.

Wither Or Thrive

I got the idea for this post from Rosie at Hookup Culture, a blogger that I really enjoy reading and following.  She recently posted a list of places that she would like to visit. A sort of bucket list on places she wants to raise her flag on.  I loved the idea of striving to be somewhere in the not so distant future and marking that off of a list.

I then thought to myself, “Your about to be a dad.  Your wife is 4 months pregnant and instead of traveling so much you will be at home, with the kiddo, teaching what it is to be a good person.”  That question got me to scratching my head on who I was and what traits I could check off of a list.  So I thought I would write a list of the traits that I hope to possess one…

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Scrappy Baby Quilt – It’s an Elephant!

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I know you have all been breathlessly waiting for this reveal… {drum roll}… and here it is… the Scrappy Pink Elephant Baby Quilt!

This was such a fun quilt to make. Want to know how?

♥ Collect your pink scraps along with some purples and a bit of gray. Cut them all 2/5″ wide, no matter the length.

♥ Sew them together, two-by-two, then cut them apart in sections of 2 or 3 or 4 fabrics. Just look and decide what you want the lengths to be and keep stitching pieces together.

♥ You need 7 rows of pieces, about 25-26″ (64-66cm) long; one short row for the top of the head about 9″ (23cm) long. The tail 6″ (15cm) and each of the 4 legs 7″ (18cm) are made of2 fabrics stitched together . The trunk was the trickiest part with 4 pieces stitched end-to-end 9″ (23cm) long and one additional piece stitched to the side for the curve in the trunk about 3.5″ (9cm).

♥ I looked at a few clip arts, coloring books, and a similar non-scrappy quilt, then drew my elephant outline on a 36″ square piece of craft paper (I have a roll for just such activities).

♥ Cut out the big elephant (the pattern now) and pin it to the scrappy fabric you made. I folded the pattern back from the tail, legs, and trunk and cut out around the body. To add the legs, tail and trunk I fiddled around with the pattern, body and short pieces, then stitched the short pieces in place and finished by cutting around them for the final shape.

♥ Make the quilt sandwich with the backing print, the batting, and the Kona white cotton quilt top cut the width of the fabric X about 40″. I spray basted them together and pressed them with the iron and left them flat for a few hours. Hmmm…I could have done that before sewing the scrappy fabric…

♥ The first quilting stitches I made were through all layers along each horizontal seam line in the scrappy elephant. Next I added simple quilting lines spaced 2.5″ (6cm) apart, running from the top to the bottom of the quilt, securing the batting. I used a wide machine blanket stitch to applique around the elephant; the applique was done with a shiny European thread that adds a hint of bling.

♥ Square up and bind in your favorite way and voila – your scrappy elephant quilt.

ORRRR, you can purchase it in the IsabellasWhimsy shop on Etsy and I’ll send it to you without delay!

As long as my scraps last I will be happy to make another elephant in various colors. I’m also about to make a similar whale quilt.

Blessings,

~Isabella

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Just stopping by…

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I wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you :0)

Will be back in a couple of days with a new baby quilt to show you.

In the meantime maybe you would like to see a young elephant’s first experience with the ocean and share his joy –

Here is the Facebook link

Blessings,

~Isabella

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