Kristen’s Ellie the Elephant quilt!
Kristen made this super sweet Ellie the Elephant quilt, pattern by Ten Sisters, for her first grand baby. The entire center is made of 1” squares, using a method that Ten Sisters teach. Their method insures that you’re going to get seams matching up and square.
I used a Perma Core cream thread, Antique Cream from A&E 30 Tex. I also used 8020 cotton/poly blend batting.
A close up on cute Ellie the Elephant!!!
I freehand quilted the swirls, and used my favorite Edge rulers from Linda at The Quilted Pineapple to quilt all the straight lines. I did a crosshatch in Ellie’s ear, which I love next to those swirls. I like the texture from mixing hard and soft lines. Then I quilted 1” squares offset from the pieced squares. Which helps make Ellie stand out more.
I love the low volume background!
Let’s talk about borders...the ribbon candy design in the purple inner border goes well with the other curves I quilted, and it’s my favorite way to add a little something extra to your borders or sashing. For the outside scrappy pink border, I used one of my new rulers...that I designed, which I’m hoping to release soon...to quilt the orange peel petals that alternate around the quilt. I love where the corners meet up, making 3/4ths of a orange peel circle. I think it frames the quilt nicely. I wanted to keep this more of a light custom quilt, because there is minky on the back, and too much quilting on a quilt with minky batting...just makes the quilt top stiff.
The sweet baby who gets to be cuddled up in this quilt is lucky!!
happy quilting!! - leisha