I am so pleased with this guy! He’s completely pieced – just squares and triangles and I think he would make a great quilted wall hanging for a child’s bedroom. The finished size is 32″ by 26″ and I’ve made it using 2.1/2″ squares with 2.7/8″ squares for the half square triangles.
2.1/2″ squares: seven red, forty white, forty three grey
2.7/8″ squares: one black/white, two black/grey, five red/grey, three red/white, six grey/white. That means one square of each colour in those combinations.
Making the elephant quilt
The half square triangles are made by placing two 2.7/8″ squares together with right sides facing. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
A photo of the complete width wouldn’t give enough detail for you to see which squares go where, so I think it’s easiest if I just list the rows from the top.
Row one: white square, grey/white triangle, grey square, red/grey triangle, grey square, red square, four grey squares, red/white triangle, three white squares.
Row two: white square, three grey squares, red/grey triangle, red square, four grey squares, red square, grey/white triangle, two white squares.
Row three: white square, grey square, black/white triangle, grey square, red/grey triangle, red square, grey square, two red/white triangles, grey square, red square, grey square, grey/white triangle, white square.
Row four: white square, two grey squares, red/grey triangle, grey square, red square, grey square, two red/white triangles, grey square, red square, grey square, two grey/white triangles.
Row five: white square, two grey squares, grey/white triangle, grey square, six grey/red triangles, grey square, white square, grey/white triangle.
Row six: white square, grey square, two white squares, eight grey squares, two white squares.
Row seven: white square, two grey/white triangles, white square, two grey squares, grey/white triangle, two white squares, grey/white triangle, two grey squares, two white squares.
Row eight: two white squares, grey square, white square, two grey squares, four white squares, two grey squares, two white squares.
Row nine: white square, two grey/white triangles, white square, two grey/black triangles, four white squares, two grey/black triangles, two white squares.
It is definitely safest to sew a complete row at a time and sew the rows together as you go so that you can be sure that the pattern forms correctly.
Cut two 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric 28.1/2″ long and sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the elephant wall hanging.
Border for the elephant quilt
I decided to add a quilt border with mitred edges to make a proper frame for the elephant quilt. Cut two 2.1/2″ red strips 26.1/2″ long and two at 32.1/2″ long. Mark the middle of each strip and match it to the middle of the quilt edge that you are adding it to. There will be an overlap at each end. Sew the borders to the two short ends and then the other two border strips. At the beginning and end of each strip, start sewing at the line of stitching from the adjacent border strip, basically 1/4″ from the edge.
Fold the elephant wall hanging sort of in half (it won’t be exactly along the diagonal because this is a rectangle not a square), so that the two border strips are in line with each other as shown on the left. Line your ruler up with the folded wall hanging and mark a line along the quilt border following this line. Starting from the stitching line, sew along the marked line.
Trim the excess triangles of fabric and when you unfold the wall hanging you will have a lovely neat mitred corner. Repeat with the remaining corners.
Layer with wadding and backing fabric as for a quilt, pin and quilt. The quilting that I used shows up better on the back, I think. What I have done is not quilt any of the red parts, use wavy lines on the elephant itself and very tight stippling in all the background fabric. Now just add the binding.
I have made a donkey wall hanging along the same lines as this.