15 February 2015

Elephant Parade - Week 3 - Frog

Welcome to week 3 of the Elephant Parade!  I will be showing a block each week and would like to encourage you to quilt along.  You can try out as many or as few blocks as you like.  Make a quilt or make a mini.  Make a cushion.  Make whatever your imagination leads you to make!

The original post about the inspiration for this baby quilt design can be found here.  I have also added a Elephant Parade quilt along page that includes all the information you will need and a weekly schedule.  As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.  The Elephant Parade page tab is found just below the blog header.



Happily, Northcott Fabrics is as excited to see this come to life as I am, and will be sponsoring this project.  Follow along and watch as these bright solids from their ColorWorks Premium Solids quilting cottons collection become shaped into these adorable animals!

It is not necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate.  But if you are wanting to make the complete quilt, as pictured above, and would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern,  Elephant Parade is available for purchase and includes complete cutting instructions and a detailed guide to finishing the entire quilt.  The pattern is available in my pattern store here.




For one frog block, as pictured below, you will need:

Snow 9000-10 (off white)
1 @ 4.5" x 7.5" rectangle, 2 @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles, and 7 @ 1.5" squares
PLUS a scrap large enough to trace 2 eyes at 1” square using fusible web

Kelly 9000-72 (dark green)
2 @ 2.5" squares and 2 @ 1.5” x 2.5” rectangles

Lime 9000-71 (light green)
1 @ 3.5" square and 6 @ 1.5" squares
PLUS a scrap large enough to trace 2 eyes at 1.5” square using fusible web

Piece of fusible web large enough to trace 2 eyes at 1" and 2 eyes 1.5” square





Press all seams open and press seams as you go.

Step 1:  Take the 1.5" x 2.5" white rectangles and the 1.5" light green squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" light green squares.  Place the light green squares on the ends of the white rectangles and sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.



Step 2:  Take the 2.5" dark green squares and the 1.5" light green and white squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" light green squares.  Place the light green squares on the dark green squares and sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" white squares.  Place the white squares on the dark green squares and sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seams open.



Step 3:  Take the 1.5” x 2.5" dark green rectangles and the 1.5" white squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" white squares.  Place the white squares on the dark green rectangles and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.  Place the white squares on the other end of the dark green rectangles and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4" seam.  Press the seam open.




Step 4:  Take the units made in Step 1 to Step 3.  Arrange them in order, as shown.  Sew them together.  Press the seams open.




Step 5:  Take the 3.5" light green square and the 1.5” light green and white squares.  Arrange the 1.5” squares in order, as shown.  Sew them together.  Press the seams open.  Sew the 3.5” light green square to the top.  Press the seam open.



Step 6:  Take the 4.5" x 7.5” white rectangle and the units made in Step 4 and Step 5.  Arrange them in order, as shown.  Sew the units from Step 4 and Step 5 together.  Press the seams open.  Sew the white rectangle on top.  Press the seam open.


Step 7:  Trace (2) 1.5” circles and (2) 1” circles onto the paper side of your fusible web.  According to fusible web instructions, apply the 1.5” circles to the wrong side of the green scrap of fabric and the 1” circles to the wrong side of the off white fabric.   Cut the circles out.  Fuse the green circles in place.  Then fuse the white ones on top.  Using matching thread and a tight zig zag stitch, secure the edges of the circles.  Sew a button or embroider the black center of the eyes on the completed block.   I do not recommend using buttons on items intended for use by young children or babies.   Embroider a red mouth on the completed block.  I used iron on stabilizer to back the portion of the block where the mouth was embroidered.


Completed block will measure 8.5" tall by 7.5" wide including seam allowances




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A quilt along button has been added to the right sidebar.  If you are interested in quilting along, please add the button to your blog and help to spread the word.  It's never to late to join in and quilt along!

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I have also added a new page tab Elephant Parade under the blog header.  Here you will find all the details of the quilt along and a schedule.  Links will be added to this schedule as each post is published.


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6 comments:

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

The frog is going to be so much fun to work on this week! Yay! :)

Ramona said...

I just love this fun project! I love this quilt. Thanks so much for providing these fun tutorials for us!
















Needled Mom said...

That little frog is so cute and adds such a pop of color.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

I love that little frog... I may have to give in to the madness and make myself one! :)

krislovesfabric said...

This one brought a smile to my face, and a great reminisce thank you!

Steffi said...

Dear Lona,
I like all your Elefant Pattern and I like your comment on my blog, i am very happy about these! Thank you!
Liebe Grüße
Steffi