When the children were young we owned a donkey called Acorn. He didn’t reall look much like this one but I certainly did remind me of those days. I think that this guy is quite sweet and he is made entrely from squares and half square triangles, making hime nice and easy to make. The donkey quilted wall hanging is 30″ wide by 26″ high and is made using thirteen rows of fifteen squares each.
2.1/2″ squares: 113 white, 46 grey, 4 red
2.7/82 squares: 2 each in black and whtie, 3 each in black and grey, 4 each in red and grey, 8 each in grey and white
for the binding you will need three 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric
This equates to about 3/4 yard white fabric, 1/2 yard each of red and grey and just a few squares of black. You will also need backing fabric and wadding about 33″ by 29″.
Making the donkey quilt
Make the half square triangles by placing two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units. Make all the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above into half square triangles.
The top row of this quilted wall hanging contains just the ears of the donkey. Working from left to right, there are ten white squares, two black/white half square triangles and three white squares. I have listed all the white squares as individual squares although you may prefer to cut longer strips in some cases to save time. For example, you could use a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip to replace two 2.1/2″ squares.
The second row is made from ten white squares, one grey square, one black/grey triangle unit, one grey/white rectangle and two white squares.
Row three: ten white, one grey/white, two grey, two white.
Row four: ten white, one grey/white, two grey, one grey/white, one white square.
Row five: nine white, one grey/white, two grey, one black/white, one grey, one white square
Row six: two white, one grey/white, one grey, one red, two grey, one red, six grey, one grey/white.
Row seven: one white, one grey/white, two grey, one red, two grey, one red, two grey, one red/grey, two grey/white, one grey/black, one grey/white.
Row eight: two grey/white, four red/grey, two grey, one red/grey, four white squares
Row nine: two white, seven grey, one grey/red, one grey/white, five white.
Row ten: two white, two grey, one grey/white, two white, one grey/white, two grey, five white.
Rows eleven and twelve: two white, two grey, four white, two grey, five white.
Row thirteen: two white, two grey/black, four white, two grey/balck, five white squares.
Finishing the donkey quilted wall hanging
Sew all the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Press well. Cut wadding and backing fabric about 33″ by 29″. Place the backing fabric with right side down. Smooth gently and lay the wadding on top. Smooth gently and lay the donkey on top of this. Smooth gently and baste with either pins, thread or adhesive.
For the quilting I used a relatively large series of U shapes for the body of the donkey and small stippling for the background. I left all the red and black triangles unquilted.
The video is a little longer than usual because I have included the quilting in it. I know my gloves look grubby but they honestly are clean – just old. After quilting, trim the excess backing fabric and wadding and bind the donkey quilted wall hanging.
I have also made a similar elephant quilted wall hanging.
Here’s the video: