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Scrappy Baby Quilt – It’s an Elephant!


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.



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The Grapevine, Quilter Style

The Grapevine, Quilter Style, or maybe that’s Blogger Style…

Anyway, I heard from Christa of Christa Quilts (actually on WordPress but via Bloglovin’) that her friend Cheryl from Meadow Quilt Designs that Cheryl is planning a Pattern Writing Blog Series beginning in January.  I’m in.

You can find out the topics and the guest bloggers who will contribute their perspectives by visiting Meadow Quilt Designs.  Cheryl has a button you can grab too.

Pattern Writing Blog Series
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FMQ applied

I probably shouldn’t be making gifts with these early stitches, but I am.  This friend has been so interested and supportive of my efforts that I think it is OK.

So today the stitches are a little more like the ones Leah Day teaches in the Craftsy class, Free Motion Quilting.

There are lines of U’s:

U lines - a simple meandering wiggle stitch

U lines – a simple meandering wiggle stitch


and Wandering Clover

A close-up of the Wandering you can marvel with me...

A close-up of the Wandering Clover…so you can marvel with me…

and my own interpretation of Pine Needles

Recognizable as Pine Needles stitches, but a bit more showy

Recognizable as Pine Needles stitches, but a bit more showy

Who knows what tomorrow will bring!!! :o)



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Duck Family Strolls in the Park

I guess we could call this a sneak preview.  Here is the quilt I’m working on now, well, a sketch of the Whimsy Quilt that I’m making for a friend to celebrate her fourth child, a second little daughter; so here is the family strolling through the park on a fine spring day.    

Duck Family Walks in the Park

This pattern is a little too complex for a beginning quilter, but just right for an intermediate.  It’s not so difficult, but there are a lot of pieces that need layering, and some of the pieces are very small. Another characteristic of an intermediate quilt design is the amount of curve in the lines of the pieces.

When selecting a quilt kit or pattern, it will help you to decide on your level of quilting experience, then to 1) look at the number of pieces, 2) see how much layering of pieces is involved, 3) look at the size of the pieces – like flower: petals, centers, stems, leaves, and 4) look at the shapes to see if they are simple to sew around or a bit too curvy.  When you select a quilt kit and sit down to make it, you want something that will turn out great and that you will enjoy in the process.  As your skills increase, select more complex designs.

At Isabella’s Whimsy, you can always ask how difficult a Whimsy Quilt Kit is.  Maybe a design that you really like can be modified to be simpler or more complex.  Let Isabella hear what you have to say!

Thank you,


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How to shop for a Quilt Kit

Swimming in the Coral Reef

Sammy the Sea Turtle swims among colorful coral; he looks so happy!

So, you want to make a quilt using a kit.  That’s a great idea!  I’ve been looking at quilt kits and have noticed myself beginning to ask some questions:

What is in the kit? – most quilt kits that I see are NOT complete.  Most quilt kits have fabric for the quilt top, design pieces and binding.  But what about the backing, the batting, the decorative thread, the fusible web, safety pins for pre-quilting prep?  Whimsy Quilt Kits have it ALL!

What size quilt does the kit make? – read carefully.  Quilt kits can range from crib to lap/throw to queen to king!  That is not even counting wall hangings and small projects.  I just found a lovely quilt kit (advertised as a quilt kit), but the pieces only make enough for 4 potholders!  Hmmmm.

What do you get for your money? – check out comments about instructions, pieces, size and contents.  Prices vary greatly!  Also, think about complexity.  How complex do you want to go?  If you are a beginner or intermediate quilter, Whimsy Quilt Kits are designed with YOU in mind!

One last idea – ask questions.  When buying a quilt kit, ask the seller questions: Does this come in other colors? (Whimsy Quilt Kits are assembled at the time of the order, so you can select design elements that are just right for you.)  How long will it take to make this? (H0w much time do you have to put into it?) Whimsy Quilt Kits take about 10-12 hours of work time…depending on your amount of experience with reading instructions, using a sewing machine, doing hand sewing.  Then you have a beautiful, cheerful piece that you can be proud of.

If you would like to see some Whimsy Quilt Kits visit my Etsy shop:

Check back every 2 weeks or so to look for new Whimsy Quilt Kits.


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