Friday 23 May 2014

Elephants and Rails

It's hard to believe it's almost winter 'down under'. I spent last weekend about a 4 and a half hour drive away at our recently acquired holiday place. It's so exciting after 10 years of dreaming. Why would I drive so far for 2 nights? Well it is SO peaceful and serene. And it has a beach that is a 5 minute walk from our place. Here's a shot around 7:30am and remember this is the end of Autumn (Fall) here.
It was so warm by the afternoon that I thought I'd wander down and see if a swim was a real possibility. When I got there seems I wasn't the only one with the same idea. Two other women were already in! It was beautiful and amazing. I wouldn't have expected to swim in late May.

I was also able to do some patchwork - pure pleasure. So I now have my Elephants and Rails sandwiched and ready to quilt. It's only a small cot sized quilt for a young couple who are sadly leaving Australia to return to Europe. I thought the 'elephant never forgets' idea would be a reminder to them of the community they connected with here, in the fabric. 
Here's the 'before quilting'

 And then the 'after' with some cross hatching on the turquoise frame and some squiggle free-motion on the lime frame. The elephant blocks I did some 'Baptist fan' pattern, which both tends to outline the elephants and is a shape like an elephants ear so that's fun.
Here's a close up of the fan pattern: 
And then on the back, I found this cute all over elephant fabric which just seems to go: 

So a fun baby quilt for a lovely couple. Hope they like it. 

Until next time,
Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation and Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. It looks like a beautiful place to go to relax! And you quilt is lovely. What a thoughtful gift and a lovely sentiment. I am sure they will be thrilled with it. Stopping by from Can I get a Whoop Whoop :-))

  2. What a fun quilt. I love all those elephants. I have to say your comment about it being warm enough to swim in May made me laugh. I live in the Northern part of the United States, and I'd be surprised if the water is warm enough for swimming too. Thankfully our water should be getting warmer soon.

  3. This is an adorable baby quilt. I am sure they will love it!