Another DrEAMi Dumbo Quilt

Earlier this year we made a Dumbo baby quilt for a coworker to give to her niece.  I had so much fun quilting this panel for several reasons.  Dumbo’s sweet smiling face gave me the confidence to FMQ however I wanted.  In that quilt, star fabrics were used in the borders and on the back. Therefore, many stars and hearts were quilted all over this piece.  Then we stumbled upon another panel in the quilt shop near my brother’s house.  I knew I HAD to pick up two more.  Itching to get into quilting this new project, it jumped to the top of the list and became June’s drop everything and make it (DrEAMi) project.

Dumbo #2

For the second Dumbo baby quilt, we elected to skip the borders completely.  As far as the quilting process, I fairly closely copied the original.  Outlining Dumbo’s shape initially went smoothly, and again Dumbo was quite encouraging.  Look at that sweet face! 

Dumbo outline

I used a pretty gray Gutermann cone thread that I had picked up for a song earlier in the month along with my walking foot. 

Dumbo FMQing

Still using the gray thread, I switched to my FMQing foot for some stippling in the body of the elephant.

It was then time for my go-to pale yellow Aurifil thread and more FMQing in the hat, ruffle and ears.  This gives the piece some different textures but I kept the stitches on the smaller side to keep it more to scale.  Straight-ish stitching following the lines of the hat and then loops back and forth in each of the three ruffle areas.  For the ears, I used a small loop stippling stitching, and then I could swing into the background with stars, hearts and small loops.

Dumbo Backing and Completion

We found this cute backing fabric on sale somewhere and thought that the friendly little stars are just perfect for this quilt.  We used a soft flannel binding in yellow just a bit darker than the light yellow background on the front.

You can see fairly well on the left photo Dumbo’s outline done in gray thread.  Sue had a willing model and no babies were hurt for our completion photo below!

Dumbo finished

One last shot sans sweet girl – not nearly as cute in my opinion.

Dumbo finished2

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20 Responses

  1. Hi Roseanne, what a great little quilt. I just finished FMQ a panel – it’s such a please to just FMQ without having to do any or much piecing! Your squirrel project is so lovely. Thanks for linking up to the 300th party of Free Motion Mavericks. Take care.

  2. Rebecca Grace says:

    Very sweet baby quilt, and love seeing it with the sweet little baby who was not harmed during the photo shoot! 🙂

  3. joymcd305716439 says:

    Awww sooo cute!!! Love the way you have quilted it! xx

  4. I love your Dumbo quilt! You are much better at FMQ than I am, but I’m working on it. Such a cutie on that quilt!

  5. Dumbo is adorable, but not as sweet as the little girl. What a fine way to practice your free motion quilting!

  6. So much beauty and cuteness in one post, I am a giant ball of AWWWW… right now. Love your model and your quilting is absolutely perfect.

  7. Denise says:

    Awe,m this is so cute. Adorable model. Contact me please, I couldn’t find your email address.

  8. Love the quilting that you did on this cute quilt with the adorable model. She’s getting so big! Take care, Mary.

  9. Kate says:

    Very cute quilt and a sweet model. Congrats on a fun finish.

  10. Kathryn says:

    I love this quilt and as well your quilting on it looks so good, really enhances it.

  11. dezertsuz says:

    Yes, much better with the model. LOL What a wonderful quilt this is, and I know it will go to a good home.

  12. Your quilting looks great! What a cute cute model ….

  13. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Roseanne!!!! Wow wow WOW! Look at you so proficient with your FMQ! And how kid that Addi was wiling to be your quilt model. She was the prefect choice. Such a cute quilt. You knocked this one out of the park!

  14. Connie says:

    That is amazing! Love it!

  15. chrisknits says:

    This is just the cutest!!! I love how you changed up the quilting designs.

  16. Just LOOK at that sweet (getting so big) girl! Love the quilt (yay you for such awesome FMQ-ing; I love how you see Dumbo’s outline on the back) and thank you for linking up your DrEAMi!

  17. quiltinggail says:

    Love it! SEW fun!

  18. Hello Roseanne, You have done a fantastic job free motion quilting this adorable quilt! It is going to make someone a very treasured quilt! Love the model photo it is just to cute! Thank you for sharing and have a fabulous day!

  19. Well, that’s a pretty cute squirrel (and the model is darling)!

  20. Vicki in MN says:

    Your squirrel really dug his claws in and you were pedal to the metal for such a cute finish.

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