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Nov 15, 2010

Elephant Parade Quilt

Nov 15, 2010
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Each quilt we complete becomes our favorite for a short period of time... but this one, called Elephant Parade, will continue to be on my list because it has a special story.




My husband has worked for a Japanese company for 9 years, and it wasn't until a couple months ago, we finally had our first Japanese guests over for dinner.  They were expecting their first child and had some questions for us.


Sure!  No problem, I thought...  we'd been through it twice after all?  It wasn't until they arrived and we started really getting to know each other that I realized how difficult it would be to have your first child in a country that wasn't your own.  I remember how difficult it was to be a first-time parent - and the over-whelming feeling I had walking into Babies'R'Us for the first time.  Now imagine doing this thousands of miles from home and trying to understand everything-baby in a different language.  My heart really went out to them.




So, of course, after they left, I decided I HAD to make them a quilt.  I sketched out a couple different versions of this before finally settling here.  I used 2 fabrics from Robert Kaufman's Urban Circus with Kona Turquois and Kona Orange.  Although I am still trying to figure out free motion, I managed to do a little echo around the elephant applique in the center (which I think looks awesome if I do say so myself!).



Their son is the cutest little guy and has two gracious and loving parents to guide him throughout his life.  I hope this little quilt will keep him cuddled nice and warm even after our friends return to Japan.



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9 comments:

  1. What a nice gesture! I'm sure this quilt will remind this couple that they have caring friend around them even though they are far away from their home. Love the quilting!

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  2. I love this! I adore that Urban Circus collection. Your applique is divine, just so cute! And I love how simple this design is, it is just gorgeous. Clearly your Kona Color Card was worth every penny :)

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  3. What a beautiful story - and what a wonderful quilt. Yes, I think your echo quilting looks awesome ;-)) and I LOVE your design. The little guy is a spoiled little man!

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  4. Love the quilt! The elephant echo quilting is fantastic! I'm having some trouble with free-motion quilting, too! Going to check out your "you might also like" links to get some help and/or advice. Thanks for sharing, and so nice of you to encourage that couple!

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  5. What a great quilt! I love the echo quilting. It jumped out to me as soon as I saw the first photo. I also can't imagine having kids in another country. I have some co-workers who have done that and it's humbling.

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  6. LOVE the quilt (gotta love those dots), and what a touching gesture. My husband and I had the opportunity to move to Germany around the time we started thinking about having our first baby. I would have loved the chance to live in Europe, but I just couldn't get my head around having a baby there. Having your first child is scary enough, under the best of circumstances! Needless to say, we stayed home!

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  7. This is such a cute quilt. You did great on your quilting. I really adore that line for little kids. I have some in my stash and need to find the perfect project for it.

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  8. My niece would love this quilt...she collects elephants!

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