Elephant Parade

Welcome to the Elephant Parade!  Beginning February 1st, 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 this 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 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 below, 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 Elephant Parade pattern is available in my pattern store here.

If you are wanting to make the complete quilt, as pictured above, you will need:

2 yards - Snow 9000-10 (off white)
0.75 yards - Slate 9000-93 (dark grey)
0.50 yards - Glacier 9000-910 (light grey)
fat quarter - Kelly 9000-72 (dark green)
fat quarter - Lime 9000-71 (light green)
fat quarter - Turquoise 9000-62 (blue)
fat quarter - Cardinal 9000-241 (red)
less than a fat quarter - Canary 9000-540 (yellow)

Piece of fusible web large enough to trace 5 eyes at 1.5” square, approximately 5" x 10"
Optional: Piece of fusible interfacing large enough to cover embroidery, approximately 5" x 10"

Backing to cover 54” x 61”
Batting to cover 54” x 61”

Press all seams open.  Press seams as you go.

Cutting Instructions

From the off white, cut (9) strips @ 3” for row sashing and borders and (5) strips @ 1.5” for block sashing. Set sashing and border strips aside for later.

ALSO cut (1) strip @ 4.5”, (3) strips @ 3.5”, (4) strips @ 2.5”, (1) strips @ 2.25” and (5) strips @ 1.5”

Crosscut the 4.5” strip into (1) 4.5” x 10.5” rectangle, (1) 4.5” x 7.5” rectangle, (2) 4.5” squares, (5) 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles and (1) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangle

Crosscut the 3.5” strips into (14) 3.5” x 7.5” rectangles, (2) 3.5” x 5.5” rectangles and (2) 3.5” x 4.5" rectangles

Crosscut the 2.5” strips into (5) 2.5” x 6.5” rectangles, (19) 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles and (30) 2.5” squares

Crosscut the 2.25” strip into (16) 2.25” squares

Crosscut the 1.5” strips into (91) 1.5” squares, (5) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangles, (16) 1.5” x 3.5” rectangles, (4) 1.5” x 2.5” rectangles and (6) 1” x 3.5” rectangles

From the dark grey, cut (2) strips @ 4.5” and (2) strips @ 1.5”

Crosscut one 4.5” strip into (5) 4.5” x 5.5” rectangles, (5) 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles and (5) 1.5” x 2.5” rectangles

Crosscut the other 4.5” strip into (5) 3.5” x 4.5” rectangles, (5) 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles and (5) 1.5” x 4.5” rectangles

Crosscut the 1.5” strips into (14) 1.5” x 3.5” rectangles and (23) 1.5” squares

From the light grey, cut (2) strips @ 3.5”, (2) strips @ 2.5” and (2) strips @ 1.5”

Crosscut the 3.5” strips into (12) 3.5” squares, (2) 3.5” squares and (14) 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles

Crosscut the 2.5” strips into (5) 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles, (13) 1.5” x 2.5” rectangles and (14) 2.5” squares

Crosscut the 1.5” strips into (15) 1.5” x 2.5” rectangles and (28) 1.5” squares

From the dark green, cut (1) 3.5” x 6.5” rectangle, (6) 2.25” x 4.5” rectangles, (2) 2.5” squares and (2) 1.5” x 2.5” rectangles

From the light green, cut (3) 1” x 4.5” rectangles, (1) 3.5” square, (1) 2.5” x 3.5” rectangle, (1) 1.5” x 2.5” rectangle and (10) 1.5” squares

From the blue, cut (4) 1.5” x 3.5” rectangles and (4) 1.5” squares

From the red, cut (2) 3.5” x 4.5” rectangles, (2) 3.5” squares, (2) 1.5” x 3.5” rectangles and (2) 1.5” squares

From the yellow, cut (2) 1.5” x 3.5” rectangles

From the Binding fabric, cut (5) WOF strips.  I use 2.25” Binding Strips and finish the binding by machine, but if finishing by hand stitching the binding down, cut 2.5” width of fabric strips.  Prepare your binding strips to make your binding and set aside for later.  Or to make the Little Bit binding as used in my sample please see this post.

Instructions for the Elephant Parade Quilt Along will be posted, and links will be added to this schedule, as they are published each week:

February 1 - Large Elephant
February 8 - Small Elephant
February 15 - Frog
February 22 - Turtle
March 1 - Bird
March 8 - Flowers
March 15 - Sashing, Borders & Backing
March 22 - Quilting & Binding

Afraid you may not finish in time for the linky party?  This linky party will be endless.  You can link up your finishes here at ANY TIME.  The linky will not end.

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Laura :: zuckerkuss said...

Lovely. Can't wait to start the parade...

Kate said...

Looking forward to the parade, Lorna! :)

DebraKay Neiman said...

on my list for this year

Willsquiltnsew said...

So cute, all I need now is a grandchild! Hehe I'd love to make it anyway!

Mara said...

Awww.. totally adorable!

Donna said...

Can't wait to start. Love the elephants. This will be a perfect baby quilt to welcome a new niece or nephew.

Brandy said...

Oh my heavens, I have a friend who adores elephants and I'm thinking table runner/wall hanging for her. Thank you for this!

ozzypip said...

Its a lovely pattern and I am looking forward to making it with you all

Crafty Ashley B said...

Can't wait for this!!! Just printed off this page to have as a reference! Definitely making a little wall hanging with those frog!

laughing gas quilts said...

Love those elephants! Am about to rush to the sewing room to make them in pink for my daughter who is studying wine business management.

Unknown said...

Cut the fabric today - can't wait to get started!

Anonymous said...

Totally adorable!

DebraKay Neiman said...

cutting today. from the light grey you said to cut
Crosscut the 3.5” strips into (12) 3.5” squares, (2) 3.5” squares and (14) 2.5” x 3.5” rectangles

(12) and (2) 3.5" squares - correct?

crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Alexandra said...

What for a lovley quilt. I will cut my fabric tomorrow and I will sewing the large elephant.

einfach bunt said...

Oh my god, this is sooooo sweet!
I have to call my sister and tell her that we need a new baby in the family!
Thanks so much for sharing!!

gibbygoo56 said...


lindaterry said...

I made two large elephant blocks tonight. They are so cute!!!! I kept going back into my sewing room to take another look! I don't have any grandchildren young enough for this quilt, but my quilting guild donates over a hundred quilts every year to Ronald McDonald house, young women's shelters, etc. I'm sure a child will love this when I finish and I will have had all of the fun of making it. Thanks so much for the pattern.

Mania said...

I have just finished my large elephants! they still need to be ironed! Everything went very smoothly. Thanks Lorna!

Keepsake Designs said...

I absolutely love the elephants! Just so much FUN!

kittyj said...

I will be a late starter but I am going to make this quilt too. I need to order my fabric and when that is here I will be ready to go. I just love it, it is so darling.

Unknown said...

Lorna, thanks for the quilt along. I finished two days ago the quilt and made a mini also. It was so fun to do and I learned a lot. The pattern is so easy to follow, but I now know how much mistakes there are possible when you do not read well. I appreciate that you take the time to comment on 'Elephant parade posts you find on the Internet. I will make your fox quilts too.

KaHolly said...

This is very generous of you! Now, if you were another designer who's name I won't mention, you'd offer up this quilt along, then you'd edit all of your posts, taking out all do the measurements, and publish them in a book, leaving us slower sew-ers in the lurch with half constructed quilts and no more directions. Then you would load your website with so many advertisements, it takes forever to load.

Unknown said...

Joining late, but I Love this Pattern!!! Thanks,
Barb Gardiner

Patty said...


deb said...

Just finished this quilt! Love it!

Unknown said...

Loved this pattern. I made it for my first grand baby . Ethan's Elephants is perfect for him. You directions were easy to follow, love the diagrams, made it easy to put together. Look forward to making other patterns you create. Thank you.

Philastein said...

I really like this pattern and would like to make it for my new grandson. But I cannot access the weekly directions for putting the individual animals together. Is there some way I can get these instructions?

Anonymous said...

Have you considered enlarging the critters to make a bed size quilt? Struggling with some of the math for a full size quilt but would love to know you already did it and will sell the secret!
What a delightful quilt!

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