Friday, March 19, 2021

Friday check in: elephant parade

3/30:  here is the link to the OMG Finish linkup at Elm Street Quilts.  My friends have received the placemats and they are delighted with them. 

 I was going to make simple slab borders for the elephant-block placemats. 

Then I thought I'd use a skinny strip and scrappy neutral borders.  That required piecing more scrappy neutrals. 

I didn't like the "fenced-in" effect.


If I took the fence out the elephants would be swimming in a pool of neutrals.

What to do, what to do?  

I happened to have some scrappy-batik slabs on hand.  I cut them into three-inch strips. 

I have quilted the elephants and the neutral backgrounds on all four.  I hope to finish quilting the borders today. 

(And now I have 16 3-to-4-inch strips of batik neutrals to play with.)

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday   and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

P.S. I honestly did not think about Elmer until now.  


Sara said...

Your solution for the elephant blocks was genius! It's so amazing when a simple change makes such a huge impact on the design. Beautiful.

Shasta Matova said...

I love the elephants! It is amazing how much difference a setting makes. I like them all!

Cathy said...

Oh, those ellies are so cute! And I can see how happy they are to not be fenced in!! adorable placemats, Nann!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Those Crumb-y batik strips were just what was needed, Nann!

Ellie said...

Love the ellie-phants! They are such cute placemats!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great solution!! Those borders make your Elephants pop!!

Bonnie said...

Your herd of elephants look great. I'm surprised I didn't think of McKee's Elmer. I did think of Bill Peet's Ella.

Marly said...

These have become such beautiful placemats; that's a brainwave border!

Patty said...

These are so fun! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

Chris said...

I really appreciate the process posts. It helps me become a better quilter when I see how others make their design decisions. Your elephants turned out great!