Oh Baby!

It has been quiet on here lately, I know, but what better way to get back in the swing of blogging then showing off a project made with beautiful Island Batik fabrics! This month's event was to create a crib quilt, and of course I knew just what design to use.

Since its creation, I've wanted to make a version of Playful Pachyderm in batiks, but of course I couldn't decide on a single color way so.........I made 3. Yes, you read that right, I made 3 different color ways. 

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed making this design in the first place. It has been a few years since I made the original as a gift for a friend. Of course I wanted to do something different in making the new ones, and over time some fun inspiration has come my way for the different color ways.

There is a fat quarter in my stash that has an argyle print. It is so cute!!!!!! And of course, it is orange, yellow, blue, green, and brown, and I have always thought it would make the cutest elephant. The only problem was always that the scale of the print was just too large for this particular design, so I just pulled the colors from that fat quarter.

The blue one was not actually in my mind until a friend made an all blue version for her friend and shared a picture. After seeing it, I couldn't get it out of my head, and needed to make my own. And well, the pink and purple one is because, well, how can you go wrong with pink and purple!

So now on to the quilty details. This quilt measures 35" x 40", and these 3 color ways are all made using fabrics from Island Batik's in stock blenders, basics, and neutrals. There was actually a reason for sticking with these fabrics, but I can't share yet.

The applique was done using 28 wt Aurifil thread. This was a learning experience, as my machine was not terribly happy about the thread at first, but a needle change, and some adjusting of the tension and it worked out just fine. For the interfacing I used my go to, Steam-a-Seam Lite 2.

Also, in the making of these quilts, I was thrilled to find a local quilter who had a similar vision for the quilting, and did such an amazing job making that vision come to life. All 3 of the quilts were quilted by Cindy Stohn of Sew Cool Quilts. Of course since she did such a wonderful job I can't resist showing off her great workmanship!

Thank you for visiting and reading about Playful Pachyderm!