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.
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!).
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!
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
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!).
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.
- Elephant Parade QAL: Elephants!
- Elephant Parade QAL: Frog
- Elephant Parade QAL and Stash Bee March Blocks