My One Monthly Goal for April was to quilt, bind, and mail this cute little quilt.
I finished quilting it on my AZ group’s longarm. It was my first attempt at using a straight ruler.
This was the first time I’ve made a flange binding.
This quilt is for my best friend’s granddaughter. She’s 1 1/2 years old and the perfect age to get her own quilt. I remember the day my friend became a grandmother. She called and the second thing she said was, “You should see her. She has her mommy’s nose.”
This quilt languished as a UFO for over a year while that little one continued to grow.
I had great fun making that elephant family (you can read the story here) and Dr. Tu-Na even participated in the delivery of that new baby Lily (read it here).
Quilt backs can be fun too.
Name: She Has Her Mommy’s Nose
Size: 44″ x 57″
Pattern: I designed the quilt pattern using 4″ finished HSTs for the chevrons with a family of elephants. The elephants are by Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts. The large elephant block can be found here and the small elephant block found here.
Pieced and Quilted by: me
Fabrics for the top include: All 100 % cottons, Teal – Chalkboard Snowman by Jennifer Brinley for Studio e, Peach – Roots & Winest by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs, Elephants – Bouncing Elephants by Bridgette Lane for Free Spirit. The backing includes Alpine Fabrics Basics (flannel) and a strip of Parading Elephants from Cuddle.
Thread: Pieced with Auriful, Quilted with So Fine by Superior.
Batting: Warm and Natural
This completes my April One Monthly Goal which I listed here.This also completes one of my goals for the 2018 Second Quarter Finish-A-Long which I listed here.
My Mama sent along this cute little elephant book to include in the package with the quilt.
It’s actually a book. It’s a good thing I got it done now and not when my friend’s granddaughter went to college.
I rolled the quilt, wrapped it in tissue paper, smooshed it into the box, and topped it with the elephant book to guard it.
You’ll be sleeping well soon, little one, even if this quilt arrives just in time for warmer weather!
What I Learned Today:
- For only $58.00, I could choose next day delivery. I did not.
- That little girl will have this quilt in her little hands sometime on Wednesday.
- I saved $38.00 to use to buy my next project.
- Tu-Na Helper has nice legs.
- I look good in teal-colored glasses. I will have to consider colored frames when I can get my new glasses.
- The postage included insurance for $50.00. That doesn’t even cover the fabric. Hopefully, it will arrive safely and I won’t regret not adding additional insurance.
Question: Do you opt for quick backs using extra-wide yardage, use up what you have in your stash, or do you make them interesting? I like to make them interesting. It takes more time but is a lot of fun to think about and design.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
Let’s Make Baby Quilts at Michelle’s Romantic Tangle
One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts
2018 Second Quarter Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt when it opens
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday) hosted at Anja Quilts this week
UFO Busting at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She
Great job and such a cute quilt.
I have only used a wide back once, for a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, so you know it was a big one. By the time I get the quilting done, I don’t want to think about being too creative with the backing. I quilt everything on my regular machine, and quilting is my least favorite part of the process.
Your elephant quilt is so cute and will be treasured.
What a super cute quilt!!! I love elephants!
As for backings … if I can, I love using the 108″ backing for the large quilts … if I have enough of the yardage left, I’d like to piece it to make the back, but due to laziness, that seldom happens and I usually end up buying backing.
Happy Quilting! 🙂
The photographer in the long arm room took an awesome picture of you!!😉😎
Yes, she did!!! She made me look awesome and years younger!
It turned out beautifully, Karen. The ruler work looks great to me and I bet it is going to be a well loved quilt!
Great job Karen, it’s a lovely quilt and well done on the ruller work too, it’s something I haven’t attempted yet. As for the backs of quilts I vary it. For a quilt with a lot of seams a wide back is great I think, the downfall is I end up with a long strip I never seem to use unless I make matching pillowcases or cushions. Other times I split a standard length and insert an off centre panel using the quilt leftovers, looks great and uses scraps as well as being economical. The downside is it takes time and I’m often too impatient. That’s partly why my Gypsy Wife is still a flimsy.
So cute! I love this quilt, and I’m sure the little one too! Love the binding too
Fun finish! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.
What a fabulous finish for April! Aren’t you proud of yourself?!! You should be. I love the backing with the cute little elephants on it – so perfect and special to go with the front. Nice job on the ruler quilting and the flange binding. I haven’t tried that technique yet, but I sure like the look of it! Now I’m wondering what your May goal is going to be! I think I will find out shortly. ~smile~ Roseanne
I buy 108” wide fabric by the bolt so I tend to use it often. Idk why I will spend months on a quilt top and then get lazy on the back lol… I guess I’m ready to get it quilted and gift it. I LOVE your elephant quilt, it is adorable!
looks great! love the flange border I did that once and keep forgetting to try it again
I usually use up scraps or my practice block in the backing. I am trying to finish a quilt for my granddaughter’s graduation.
I always make my backs “interesting” as you say. I have this thing about trying to use up my stash so I just do! Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss!
Awww Karen, what a cute quilt! I know it will be a treasure to it’s little owner! You did a great job on the flange border. I haven’t tried that yet! You did just fine on the quilting. I love ruler work but my straight lines sometimes wind up wonky too!
Great finish! Such a cute little quilt!
Yay! for an OMG done! I did not get mine done… SO wonderful to see this adorable quilt, and I love what you did on the back…I’m partial to fun backs, but after using wide backing twice now, it sure is nice! Another yay for using rulers on the longarm! Love the name of the quilt too.
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I love your elephants! Good call on not spending $58 for next-day shipping.
I use wide fabric a lot for backing these days, because I’m trying to finish up a monster pile of UFOs. I also hate it when I have a great back on a quilt and then spot the recipient using the quilt upside down. So I aim for unremarkable backs these days. Maybe someday I’ll brush that chip off my shoulder!
You did it, Karen! I knew you could. This turned out adorable and the addition of the little elephant book is so cute. I’m sure both will be well loved. Just curious…did you fall in love with ruler work?
What an adorable quilt. You did well using the longarm. Good luck with the new glasses. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.
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