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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Modern Mini Quilt Challange

If you have been following for very long you've caught on that I enjoy making mini quilts.

When I saw that The Fat Quarter Shop was sponsoring a contest I had to enter my all time favorite.  Isn't he handsome?!

This mini measures 18.5" x 18.5" and has several 3D features.  The awning is loose at the lower edge to help create the illusion that the elephant is giant.  Elephant's ear and tail are both 3 dimensional....you can see the shadows that they are casting in the picture.

My sweet pachyderm's eye is a black crystal and he is showering the crowd with water spray made with seed and bugle beads.

The crowd is fussy cut to have a leading edge and fused so as to layer it between the viewer and the elephant.

The quilting is all straight line and done on a domestic sewing machine.  Yes, I do have access to a fairly sophisticated quilting machine....but I didn't use it on this one.  I quilted along the stripes in the background - I love the added 3D look and in a cross hatch pattern in the border.  (I got my nice straight lines and spacing by sewing along the edge of painters tape.)

Theoretically this fellow was made as part of a DSQ swap.  It didn't really suit my partner, or maybe I just fell in love with it.  Either way, it is one of my all time favorites and hangs proudly in my stairwell gallery.

To get details on the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge go here....Ellison Lane Quilts.  I hope I see your creations there.

16 comments:

Lynne said...

I love it!

Katie said...

I love this so much!

Jeanette said...

Very cute, fabric is perfect with the circus elephant.

Heidi Staples said...

Incredible! This is so charming!

jednoiglec said...

What a cute mini!

Charlotte said...

This is really cute

pinsandneedles said...

Cute mini!

tusen said...

It's a bit like 3D illustration, great.

Kirsten N said...

I love elephants - the circus fabric is perfect for your gorgeous mini!!

Amorette said...

really wonderful! i love the details, and the elephant and circus theme.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

It's super cute. I really like all of the details you added!
Thanks for entering the Modern Mini Challenge! Good luck!

Melinda said...

So absolutely darling! Love the elephant squirting water!

Rachel said...

This is amazing! Just stunning!!!

Xandi said...

Breathtaking work!

Elaine said...

so cute!

Laurel said...

This was just great.... so much fun! We love Babar here...