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 turtle block, as pictured below, you will need:
Snow 9000-10 (off white)
1 @ 4.5" x 10.5" rectangle, 2 @ 2.5" squares, 2 @ 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles, 2 @ 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles, and 6 @ 1.5" squares
PLUS a scrap large enough to trace 1 eye at 1.5” square using fusible web
Kelly 9000-72 (dark green)
1 @ 3.5” x 6.5” rectangle
Lime 9000-71 (light green)
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5" rectangle, 1 @ 1.5” x 2.5” rectangle and 4 @ 1.5" squares
Piece of fusible web large enough to trace 1 eye at 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 square. Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" light green square. Place the light green square on the ends of the white rectangle and sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red. Trim a 1/4" seam. Press the seams open. Sew the other 1.5” x 2.5” rectangle on the top. Press the seam open.
Step 2: Take the 2.5" white squares and the 3.5" x 6.5” dark green rectangle. Draw a diagonal line across the 2.5" white squares. Place the white squares on the dark green rectangle 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 3.5" white rectangle, 2.5” x 3.5” light green rectangle and the 1.5" white squares. Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5" white squares. Place the white squares on the top left and the bottom right corners of the light green rectangle and sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red. Trim a 1/4" seam. Press the seams open. Place the other white square on the top right corner of the light green rectangle and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red. Trim a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open. Sew the 1.5” x 3.5” rectangle on the top. Press the seam open.
Step 4: Take the 1.5” x 2.5” light green rectangle, 1.5” x 3.5" white rectangle, and the 1.5" white square. Draw a diagonal line across the 1.5” x 2.5” light green rectangle and the 1.5" white square. Place the light green rectangle on the left end of the white rectangle and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red. Trim a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open. Place the white square on the left end of the light green rectangle and sew along the diagonal line, as shown in red. Trim a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open.
Step 5: Take the 1.5" light green squares and the 1.5” white squares. Arrange the squares in order, as shown. Sew them together. Press the seams open. Take the unit made in Step 4 and sew it on the right end. Press the seam open.
Step 6: Take the 4.5" x 10.5” white rectangle and the units made in Step 1, 2, 3 and Step 5. Arrange them in order, as shown. Sew the units from Step 2 and Step 3 together. Press the seam open. Sew the unit from Step 5 on the bottom. Press the seam open. Sew the units from Step 1 on the left side. Press the seam open. Sew the white rectangle on top. Press the seam open.
Step 7: Trace a 1” circle onto the paper side of your fusible web. According to fusible web instructions, apply the 1” circle to the wrong side of the off white fabric. Cut the circle out. Fuse the white circle in place. Using matching thread and a tight zig zag stitch, secure the edges of the circle. 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.
Completed block will measure 8.5" tall by 10.5" wide including seam allowances
Join the Elephant Parade!
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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I have to tell you, I just think this is the most darling quilt. I had been looking for an elephant block pattern for ages, and when I first saw this pattern I knew I'd finally found the perfect one!! And then add your adorable frog and turtle and bird and flowers...this is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. The question isn't whether I will make this quilt; the question is how many of them will I make! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work and talent with us!!
What a sweet little turtle. Can't wait to start sewing... Thx sooo much for sharing, Lorna!
These blocks are so cute!!!
I love all the blocks in this parade. Just now I'm starting the frog. Thank you so much, Lorna.
Thank you for sharing these pattern Lorna, lovely!
Amanda could not have said it better! What a great comment! Your Elephant Parade really is terrific, that's for sure Lorna!
Ohhh,,,, this is a sweet little turtle!!! Thank you so much dear Lorna for sharing!
Thanks for the smile again today, I find these blocks to be a good pick me up after all this icko weather. I am making Mr. Turtle this afternoon :)
That turtle is just so cute! I'm still making the baby elephants, but will definitely be making a turtle or more!
Love this little guy! Do you have any tips on getting a small circle to look like a circle with a tight zig-zag applique? Every time I try it always looks like some mis-shapen bizarro oval with notches it in. I probably just need to slow down but would love to see you post some tips on it cause yours is quite clean!
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