Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Elephants and Zig Zags

When making a quilt as a gift, I do not let the recipient pick out a pattern, only a color.  A grand niece will be arriving at Christmas and the Mom expressed elephants, grey and mint.  OK I can work with elephants and grey.  Mint, not so much.

 Found this funky, bohemian elephant print along with grunge grey dots and started pulling from the stash.

Using free hand cut triangles that Sujata Shah, from The Root Connection demonstrated at our workshop a week prior, I tested out the method.  Fun, fast, and graphic. 

 This is a great way to feature a big print and try a new method of cutting/piecing without a huge commitment.

When I used the printed fabric with a plum solid, I really loved the results.  I know I will use this cutting method again as I have a very fun Hallow'een fabric that is begging to be used, but also needs to be the star of the quilt.

 Simple, wavy back and forth lines of quilting keep the fabrics and piecing from being overshadowed.
Not all fabrics were solids, here I used a small tone on tone dot.

Since this print is not something that I would work with, I managed to use up every last bit of it, and the effort to use it was worth it.  The back is pretty good too.

It's quilted, bound, and labeled.  Now we just need the new addition to arrive in our family.  This one will make 3 girls and 1 boy in the last 18 months.

What new technique or idea have you tried lately?
Keep stitching,


Roxanne said...

What a great piece of elephant fabric! Your graphic piecing really works with it. Very nice quilt!

Mimi said...

I LOVE that quilt! So bohemian. Now I hope she didn't have in mind pale gray and mint baby colors. ;D

Louise said...

Your focus fabric is more than wonderful Sharon! Gonna be a great quilt.

Kyle said...

Finding that elephant print and then having just taken your class made the perfect combination of the two. It's a great modern quilt for the newest member of your family. It seems a great format to highlight a large print.

Janet O. said...

Very classy looking baby quilt. Love the way you worked with the "elephant/grey" guidelines.

audrey said...

Very fun! Love the addition of the triangles. And so smart to only let the recipient choose part of the quilt plan.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I love that little quilt, both front and back!

Browndirtcottage said...

Oh Oh! Love this design and you were so creative with the elephant fabric. Hhmmm, she wanted elephants….hhhmmm?

Lori said...

That is super darling and oh so modern!
I took two new to me techinique classes in Houston- Indigo dying and sashiko!! Loved them both.

Diane said...

This is so wonderful. I love everything about it, and that elephant fabric is fabulous!

Louise said...

I really enjoyed seeing this one up close and personal...love it. Great job Sharon!

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt, Sharon!