Bringing a Vision to Life

Our niece, Andrea and her husband, Chris are expecting their first baby in just a few short months.  Once they announced they were pregnant, Andrea asked us to make her a quilt.  She had a vision in her head, and she wanted us to bring it to life in fabric.  She wanted to do the baby’s room in gray and white.  Polka dots on one wall and an elephant theme.  Not lots of elephant – just one in the center of a quilt.  Here is a peek at Baby J’s crib and dotted wall:




Okay.  There are lots of shapes of elephants out there.  Have you ever looked at clip art or images of elephants?  There are LOTS!  Here is our muse:




He is a cute little guy.  Smiling, with a balloon but (gasp) he has blue ears.  Nope, we cannot have that.  How about if the ears are green instead?  And how about three balloons in primary colors?  So, we drafted/sketched out a design.  I wanted to do piano keys around the edge in one border but that got vetoed.  How about prairie points instead?  Nope.  Thankfully, the green fabric we found has a cute dotted print on it.  I shared the fabrics with you a while back but here they are again, including the backing fabrics:




And here’s a close up of how cute Ellie’s fabric (Grunge) is just perfect for a little elephant with all the different colors within it:




I shared pictures with you as the quilt took shape, but once we got it all together and approved by both parents it was time to fly.  And so it was layered, basted and lovingly quilted.  We chose a straight cross-hatch pattern of an inch in width in both directions.


Meet Ellie the Elephant



Once that was finished it was time for the binding and BOOM.  Done.   It will be washed once we get some Dreft.   With time to spare since the baby shower isn’t until July – there is plenty of time to get those cute storage cubes made too!  Now I just have to figure which materials to use . . . so many choices. ~smile~  In theory, the baby will have two quilts to chose from for his Meme.  Andrea called her quilt from her grandmother Meme, and would stand by it on the clothes line when it was time to be washed. ~smile~  I think the baby’s Meme has already been decided for him/her.


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20 Responses

  1. Teresa says:

    love, love, love it, great job

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Teresa! Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope the baby loves it too . . . soon. 🙂 Thanks for your visit – come again. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Robin says:

    The color of green for the ears is luscious. I love that you were able to bring the gray polka dot into the border. Nice job!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Robin! I just love that green fabric, too. It was just a fluke that we found it – we had to start with the gray dots because those were a definite MUST. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visit. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Judy Hansen says:

    Boy, you really hit a home run with this adorable baby quilt. I love the outer border too-it ties in so nicely with the dots on the nursery wall. Great job!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Judy! Aww, aren’t you sweet?! I know Mom-to-be is happy with it. Thank you so much for your kind comments and for your visit. Stop again! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Your quilt is so fun! Love the design.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kim! Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment. We appreciate it very much. I hope the baby loves it too! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Very sweet quilt and I’m very impressed that you made it per the recipients’ request–the gray and green is perfect. This is definitely going to be loved.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Rose! How sweet of you to say. I hope he or she does love it. If not, we will happily make a different quilt. HA Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Myra! Thank you for your visit and your nice comment. Come again – we appreciate it! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Mari says:

    Very cute! Would make a great wall decoration for the nursery, too. What a lot of cross hatching! Turned out great!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Mari! That is a GREAT idea. Hmm, that has the wheels spinning. I’ll have to ask Mom-to-be if she might like something like that too. I love it! ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Shannon Fleming says:

    That elephant quilt is so cute! You did a great job!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for your sweet comments, and for visiting. We appreciate it. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. So cute! Great job turning your vision into reality!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Renee! Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment. It was really Mom’s vision that we had to pull out of her. ~smile~

  9. Beautiful, love your quilt! That little guy is so cute. Thanks for sharing your process.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Pam,
      Thank you so much for your visit and your nice comments. I appreciate that you stopped by – come again. ~smile~

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