Yesterday, I tried to spend a couple of hours studying in the office which is open to the rest of the house. This is great when you’re doing mindless things like surfing the web and instant messaging with friends. Not such a good thing when all of the kids are home from school and you’re trying to figure out which King Frederick goes to which country and what the Habsburgs, Ottomans, and Holy Roman Empire all have to do with each other and why they all can’t just get along. Needless to say it wasn’t working out and I decided to take refuge in my “work-room” which has essentially just become a place to store all my craft stuff.
While moving my dusty sewing machine off the desk, I thought back to one of the last really fun projects that I was able to complete this past summer. When I found out my friend Kristin was expecting a baby I knew she would appreciate a handmade gift and I was dying to try a new technique from a link that Kristin had found at katydid.squarespace.com.
While scanning through one of my favorite (and sadly discontinued) Blueprint magazines, this article on The Modern Baby Shower included a centerpiece of circles in varying sizes that looked adorably fun and whymsical. I knew I wanted to include a similar idea. Since Kristin knew it was going to be a boy, I used two of her favorite colors grey and yellow and incorporated an elephant she designed (check out her link above).
This was the first quilt that I have machine quilted (I'll admit it, before this a had been a hand quilt snob). The random stitching is a cinch to do and makes the entire quilt so visually appealing that I couldn’t help but become giddy with excitement.
The picture shows both the front and back of the quilt. I appliqued two elephants to the grey side and a series of different sized circles in a corner of the yellow side.
I can’t wait to try this quilt again, maybe next time it will be for a new niece or nephew???