Batiks Go Retro fabrics are mainly large scale prints and so I wanted a large piece/shape to feature them. I hemmed and hawed and finally decided to do Elephants by Laundry Basket Quilts which I purchased from SewTrendyMN on Etsy. (Well actually, I went to her studio in Eagan, MN, but you can also buy from her on Etsy!) The best part? I also bought the stencil. Yes! A stencil for tracing all the elephant shapes on the fusible. I can't believe how much time this saved! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
These fabrics make such fun and cheerful Elephants. I admit I did turn them to face each other and link trunks. This is a deviation from the original pattern, but when I realized it would work I just had to do it!
Here is a picture of all the fabulous Batiks Go Retro fabrics! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the atomic burst fabrics and the chevrons.
After three projects using this line I have some left, but lots are very holey from fussy cutting.
Here is the picture I took after deciding how to layout the elephants to distribute the colors evenly.
And lots of closeups of all the elephants. I decided to quilt the background in one of my heart fillers, curly hearts. You can also find this in my new book which you can order at the top of my page!
The elephants were appliqued with 50 weight Aurifil thread in matching colors. I used a single blanket stitch.
Island Batik GIVEAWAY DETAILS
We will be giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles at the end of the hop! Three different winners will be randomly selected to win bundles from the Captain’s Anchor, Batiks Go Retro, and Abalone collections. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget.a Rafflecopter giveaway
I am also giving away 4 fat quarters from the Batiks Go Retro line! To enter leave a comment below and I will use random.org to pick a winner from all the entries.
AND be sure to check out all the other Island Batik Ambassador's AMAZING projects with the new fabric lines!
Monday, September 4 - Beaujolais - Tina Dillard, Carol Steely
Tuesday, September 5 - Country Dozen - Cheryl Lynch, Linda Ramrath
Wednesday, September 6 - Bonsai - Alison Vermilya,
Thursday, September 7 - Sakura - Nancy Scott
Friday, September 8 - Empress Garden - Jessica Caldwell, Laura Piland
Monday, September 11 - Fresh Pick’ins - Marlene Oddie
Tuesday, September 12 - Lotus Blooms - Kathy Bruckman
Wednesday, September 13 - Olivera - Joan Kawano, Vicki Schlimmer
Thursday, September 14 - Rise & Shine - Turid Bakken, Sally Johnson
Friday, September 15 - Diner Days - Anna Branch, Karen Overton
Monday, September 18 - Seas the Day - Bernie Kringel, Marlene Oddie, Janet Yamamato
Tuesday, September 19 - Vineyard - Jennifer Fulton, Jeanette Jones
Wednesday, September 20 - Abalone - Pamela Boatright, Sharon Denney Parcel
Thursday, September 21 - Batiks Go Retro - Suzy Webster
Friday, September 22 - Captain’s Anchor - Nan Baker, Bea Lee
Monday, September 25 - Cherry Berry - Connie Campbell, Maryellen McAullife
Tuesday, September 26 - Lobster Bake - Marian Pena
Wednesday, September 27 - Solstice - Barb Gaddy, Joyce Mullis
Thursday, September 28 - Sour Apple - Kate Colleran, Connie KauffmanFriday, September 29 - Zen - Terri Vanden Bosch, Stephanie Beritcs
I'd also love to have you join my Machine Applique Adventures Facebook group for Applique fun and links to all my blog posts.
I hope you get to quilt today!