Un-endangered Elephant

After about a week fighting what might go down as the worst cold on record, I’m slowly returning to normal. I must have looked terrible last week- it felt like every single one of my coworkers looked at me and made a relived comment about how much better I looked today.

That slow return to health has also meant a slow return to sewing. Annie has graciously given me permission to take a short break from the Tardis quilt to work on 2 baby quilts- the babies are both due in later April… (I did piece the back for the Tardis, and start in on some pillowcases- one of which she’s already using.)

Shhhh- I can show this one here and on IG, but not on FB, because I’m friends with the mom-to-be. First baby quilt up is for a sweet colleague who is expecting a little girl, her first child. She very sweetly mentioned her color preferences to me, and also that they like elephants- and then asked if she was being obnoxious. I told her I would so much rather have an idea of what would make her happy than to have to guess.

And so started my googling of elephant fabrics and patterns. So many cute elephant fabrics out there, but I decided on this one:

pink elephants

So darn cute. And then the pattern ideas. I went through so very many. And then I stumbled onto a free patchwork elephant pattern from Hoffman Fabrics.


Adorable, right? Of course- this finishes at 67×56- HUGE for a baby. So I decided to go smaller, and instead of 4.5″, I cut my squares 2.5″. And man, would I have saved myself some serious headaches if I had cut them 2.25″… exactly half. Because, math. Still ugh.

The cute ditsy elephant print is going to be the solid inner border as well as the back. But with so many squares, that meant I got to pull fabric from stash. Hooray!

Grey for background, elephants because, and pink-red-purple charm squares to set the tone. And then, a trip to the scrap bins, and another to the pink shelf. I made a big mess! And then cut out so many more 2.5″ squares. Because that is all I can do these days…


I had to make a few HSTs- but the math for those, at least, was simple enough. There’s something so satisfying about squaring them up.


Then came the fun of laying out the elephant!


Can you see it?


How bout now?


Now you totally can! With the help of google and some wonderfully helpful blog posts, I made my setting triangles and pieced MOST of the odd blocks. Astute observers might notice that there are 2 blank spots at the top of the elephant’s head. The math there (quarter square triangles w/ HSTs in the same square) got the best of me, but I’m coming back for them tomorrow. Damnit. Meanwhile, I started piecing the rows together and it’s making me so happy. This is my favorite kind of quilting- playing with color, cute animals, and a gift that will make someone smile.

Now I just need to finish getting better, and hope none of the rest of the family gets it. Here’s hoping none of you are feeling lousy!

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday,  Quilt Story, and Let’s Bee Social.


Filed under Baby quilts, Gift, Quilts

11 responses to “Un-endangered Elephant

  1. Sorry to hear you’ve been sick! The elephant is super cute. I love scrappy animals like that. Such fun sewing!

  2. I saw this on IG! It’s going to be so cute! I cannot wait to see it after the rows are together. Hopefully you will be back at 100% health very soon!

  3. This is very cute! It’s such a perfect baby quilt pattern, too! I hope you feel better soon. Sick is NEVER fun, especially when there’s precious sewing to be done!

  4. Lisa

    I love it. I know what you mean about the math. Thanks for the link to the pattern.

  5. I really like this pattern, the elephant is so cute! I can appreciate the 2.5 inch squares! I’m working on a queen sized quilt with 49 blocks, all made from 2 inch squares. I’m not sure if it’ll be done any time soon, but it is a great way to pass an afternoon!

  6. That’s a great interpretation of the pattern! The lucky recipient is going to love it, I’m sure. 🙂

  7. Such a wonderfully cute elephant! I hope you continue to feel better.

  8. Emilee

    Love this!!! I am a HUGE elephant fan! I might need to add this pattern to my own to make list! I think your smaller version will be perfect for a baby quilt! (Maybe you could share the math with us for the smaller version?!?!)

  9. This is such a cute design. And so cute in the pink/purples!

  10. You are so clever! Love the way this one is turning out!!

    • I love the bounty of free designs available after a google or pinterest search! I couldn’t have designed this myself, but I love it SO much.


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