Elephant Parade

Elephant Parade {Friday Finish}


This week the Elephant Parade QAL hosted by Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts gave instructions for the sashing, borders, and backing. But I couldn’t stop there – once the quilt top and back were ready to go, I got it quilted up and finished! It was a super fun QAL, and I am thrilled with how the quilt came together.

Elephant Parade
Elephant Parade

As you can see, I went with a scrappy gray binding. I used up the last of the gray fabrics I had purchased for the quilt to use in the elephant blocks, and I used a third gray print that I had left over from a baby quilt I made last August (yay for using up scraps!).

Elephant Parade - Quilt Backing
Elephant Parade – Quilt Backing

So let’s talk about the quilt backing for a moment. I had some super cute fabric left over from an “I Spy” baby quilt I made in 2012. I had been waiting for just the right project to use up the fun print, and I think it works great as the backing here. The print was not quite large enough on its own, so I used up the last of the backing scraps from my Foothills Mystery quilt backing, too!

Elephant Parade - Backing Fabric Detail
Elephant Parade – Backing Fabric Detail

Quilt Time Statistics

  • Block Piecing: 9 hours
  • Quilt Top Assembly: 2 hours
  • Quilt Backing / Binding Assembly: 30 minutes
  • Quilting / Binding: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Total: 13 hours and 45 minutes
Elephant Parade
Elephant Parade

I used 50 wt Aurifil 2024 (white) to quilt an all over looping meander. I took a look at how long I had spent on the quilt and was surprised to see how much time it took to make the quilt top, so I decided to go with a quick all over design. Plus, I really love some of the fabric choices and did not want to take away from how awesome the prints are for the elephants (don’t they look wrinkly?) and for the turtle (I love his shell!).

Elephant Parade - Quilting Detail
Elephant Parade – Quilting Detail

Quilt Shrinkage (I used Quilter’s Dream Green batting).

  • Finished Flimsy: 48.25-inches wide by 55.25-inches tall
  • After Quilting / Binding: 47-inches wide by 54-inches tall
  • After First Wash: 45-inches wide by 51.5-inches tall

Thank you so much, Lorna, for the fun Quilt-A-Long, and I look forward to seeing how everyone else’s Elephant Parade projects finish up!

You can visit my previous posts about the Elephant Parade QAL for more details on the process.

Linking up to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and TGIFF hosted this week by Aylin @ ayliN-Nilya (buttons to the right).


  • You have inspired me! I made five elephants today into a humidicrib cover! I haven’t yet figured out how to quilt it, but your swirls are looking good and I lack imagination. Expect a copycat attack.

  • Your Elephant Parade quilt is perfect, Yvonne! The loopy quilting makes for such a fun pattern. And that backing fabric is adorable! I am so happy to have you quilt along. Thanks so much for joining in the parade!

  • Yvonne, this is just too adorable!! I really like the lighter gray for the baby elephants – creates such an interesting effect!! And that backing fabric is really great 🙂

  • Your elephant parade came out wonderfully. I like your fabric choices especially the textures in the animals. The squirrel fabric on the back is to die for cute too.

  • I have a young friend who was recently diagnosed with earlier onset Alzheimer’s. Elephants are known to “never forget” and ALZ national color is purple, so she is using purple elephants as logo for fundraising (The Longest Day June 21st). I am soooo excited to see this. I love the pattern & hope to do something with it to benefit Alzheimer Awareness and show some love to my sweet friend! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Oh my goodness that parade is simply adorable! Love love love it! And the gray just brings out the animals so perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  • That backing is seriously the cutest thing ever!!! From far away, it just looks like squirrels, but seeing it up close, I LOVE the b/w details! Hilarious. I could see myself following along with the squirrel’s adventures for quite some time looking at the back of that quilt. It turned out fabulously! While quilting my Dr. Seuss quilt, I was reflecting on the fact that I for some reason am stuck with quilting each portion of a quilt individually. I do love the way it looks, but ultimately, it would be WAY faster (and probably also look awesome) to do an all-over quilting pattern. I’m not sure my brain could do that, though. Do you find it tricky to see past the details of the quilt when you’re doing your all-over pattern? I may have to try it soon, just so that I know it’s possible with my brain. I color inside the lines, and I’m finding it tricky to break outside of the lines with my quilting, too!

  • It really is a fun quilt along! Such a great design and I love how your Elephant Parade turned out Yvonne! What cute backing fabric! And your quilting – I love that too. I have not decided yet how to quilt mine.

  • I really like seeing how all the QAL participants put their own stamp on the Elephant Parade quilt. I like the contrast between the delicate gray of the babies and the darker gray on the bigger elephants on yours. And the back is so fun–especially with that border corralling all those squirrels!

  • I really like all the Elephant Parade quilts that are around at the moment. I especially like some of the details on yours – your back is seriously cute and the scrappy binding is perfect. Lovely quilt.

  • I’m here from Lorna’s blog. I love the turtle especially, with the two colors. Very inspired. Now that I am here, I also love the fact that you kept the stats for how long it took to make. I’m not organized enough to do that, since I tend to take a lot of breaks. The quilting does help make this quilt special, and the backing is perfect. I’m glad you were able to use your stash.

  • The quilting looks wonderful on this one! Sometimes I have such a hard time getting a pic that captures the quilting on a project… you achieved that beautifully. And that backing fabric was well worth saving. Super cute… you don’t often see prints with chipmunks. Any chance you have a 2½ inch square left? I’d love one of those chipmunks for an I Spy quilt I’m plotting for DT. Aren’t I being forward? 🙂

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)