Some people are good with elephants. Rudyard Kipling tells the tale of Toomai of the Elephants in The Jungle Book – your children will love this story (in fact they’ll probably love the whole book, which you can read here). Or for a very moving real life example check out this link – Wild Elephants gather inexplicably, mourn death of “Elephant Whisperer”. I, on the other hand, have very little experience of real elephants although I was extremely privileged to make the acquaintance of a few about twenty years ago when a circus visited the fields opposite my parents house and they came every day to drink from the river.
Elephants printed on fabric, however, I always find challenging. I once bought a fat quarter bundle of Pernilla’s Journey by Tina Givens because I fell in love with this elephant fabric but my elephant FQs, disappointingly, yielded only two complete elephant images. I gave one to a quilting friend and the other and still languishes in my stash…
With Trade Winds (by Lily Ashbury for Moda) I held out more hope but I still only managed three elephants with decent borders per half yard. If you happen to want a quilt with elephants on, I strongly recommend you to buy yards and yards of them or you’ll just end up with a miscellany of disembodied feet, tails and trunks! I found it impossible to fussy cut to get elephants into the butterfly wings…
|Trade Winds Quilt Centre|
So they just had to go into the borders!
|Trade Winds Quilt border|
And I’m pleased to announce I have a Friday finish – not a complete quilt but a top at least. Hopefully when I’ve quilted it we’ll have a lovely sunny day and I’ll get some outside pictures of the whole thing.