Friday, June 18, 2021

Stomping Ground x 3

 I have been doing some more secret sewing for my friends at Moda Fabrics and am excited to share another project I got to work on for them ;)  And I had so much fun with the sample, I made 2 more!!!   Let's start with the sample . . . I was thrilled when I opened my box from Moda to find an adorable Jungle Paradise Fat Quarter Bundle!!  This is a new line by Stacy Iest Hsu that releases in August.  It has monkeys, tigers, elephants, and frogs in bright happy colors.  And so what better pattern to make with these awesome prints than Wendy Shepherd's Stomping Ground.  

This quilt was so much fun to piece!!!   It really went together fast, like 2 days fast :)  I just loved sewing with these fabrics.  They are just so happy and bright and you can't help but smile while making cute little elephants!

And I love that the Stomping Ground pattern has the option to make a few elephants facing the other direction.  You don't have to do that, but it adds a fun little movement to it, it just meant I had to piece those two elephants separately from the others so I could mirror all of the piecing ;)  

And when it came time to quilt it, I decided on my favorite go to all over swirl.   I just love the texture it adds to the quilt, and it is so relaxing to quilt.   My favorite 402 So Fine blended perfectly into the background and still blended on all of those bright prints.  I just love 402!!! 

You only need 10 Fat Quarters, some background and binding to make this Stomping Ground quilt.  It finishes  at 48" x 60".   And if you want to make one to, without having a leftover 20 Fat Quarters from the bundle,  Fat Quarter Shop has a Kit already listed for it.   Again, it won't be available until August, but you can add your email to be notified when it is available.  And it just makes the cutest baby quilt!!

And since my good friends at Moda sent me the entire Jungle Paradise Fat Quarter Bundle to make this sample for them, I had a few Fat Quarters Left over.    And wouldn't you know it, I have a Niece expecting next month and a very good family friend expecting in September.   20 Jungle Paradise  Fat Quarters later and I had 2 more Stomping Ground quilts done ;)   Seriously, these are so fun and fast to make.   

You cut 2 elephants from each Fat Quarter, so I used one in each quilt to add even more color and variety into each quilt.   So fun!!!  I just love those deep purples, you know those are my ultimate favorite right ;) 

And I didn't mirror any of the elephants in these 2 quilts.  I just wanted to see them all in a line following each other.  I love it just as much.   And they made the perfect baby gifts for two very excited expecting moms ;)  

I thought it would be fun to add to the whole jungle idea when quilting them so I tried something new.   I took my Feathered Swirl free motion design and turned it into a swirled sun.    The first one I did nice sharp points around the swirls to make suns.

And to mix it up, on the second quilt I did more curvy lines to make the sun flares.   I love how they both turned out, but I think this curvy version is my favorite.   And it was easier to quilt, so double bonus!!

And when I was all done quilting, I realized I had one strip left from each of my fat quarters.  My niece is currently in Iowa and so it is super hot and humid.   Having had my second in the midwest in August, I knew she would need a super light receiving blanket.  So I stitched up the strips in a jelly roll race, and then used the leftover backing to make a self binding receiving blanket. There is no batting, so this will be super light, just two layers of cotton and I have to say . . .  It turned out so cute.  

Isn't that just the perfect pairing.   And my niece was in town last week and we had an adorable baby shower, and wouldn't you know it, they decorated with baby elephants.   It was perfect!!!!   Both mom and dad to be loved the pair and that of course made me just perma grin.    Oh, and the other super happy making of this all . . . Barbara is going to be a Great Grandma!!!   How fun is that ;)  

Thanks so much for popping in and sharing these finishes with me.  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!  

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  1. What a great idea for the new fabric, Melissa! Love those stomping elephants! They are so bright and cheerful. I need to make some again!

  2. Those quilts are adorable! I'll have to keep the receiving blanket idea in mind when I have left overs, too!

    Sandy A

  3. Love your quilts! I can't get over how many quilts you were able to get out of a FQ bundle too. Awesome!

  4. These are just the cutest, Melissa!! Love the fabrics - and yes, this pattern is a favorite of mine too.

  5. Your quilt is so cute. I had to go and find the pattern and ordered it myself. I got the .pdf and drew it out in EQ so I can paper piece the Elephants. Can't wait to get started.

  6. I like the look of the jelly roll race and think I might use it as a backing idea for my current project!


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