Friday, February 21, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop - My Day Too

Once again it's sad to see the last day of a blog hop arrive, but it's been an incredible
week of Color It Red. I'm glad I don't have to pick a favorite red project because that
would be impossible. Everything has been so amazing!

It's my day to share something red and it was fun to go through my stash looking for anything red.
 I realized I have a lot of red fabric and I was busy using some of it this month.

I'm so lucky to get to design for Crafter's Edge and play with their fabric dies!
I needed a red project for Color It Red and a Crafter's Edge elephant project, so I'm
combining the two to lessen my load while I'm packing to move.

The Mama and Baby Elephant fabric dies were perfect for this easy quilt-as-you-go red project.

Elephant Stroll
42" x 46"


Batting at least 45” x 49”
Crafter’s Edge  Mama and Baby Elephant Fabric Die

 Fabric needed:

White – 1/4 yard
Blue polka dot – 1/2 yard
Orange polka dot – 1/2 yard
Red polka dot -1/2 yard
Green striped binding – 1/2 yard
Quilt back – 1 2/3 yard

Cutting instructions: *WOF – fabric cut from one selvedge edge to the other

Cut 1 – 8 ½” x WOF strips (elephant white background fabric)
Cut 19 – 2 ½” x WOF strips (in seven orange, six red, six blue)
Cut 1 – 45” x 51” (quilt back)
Cut 7 – 2 ½” x 42” (binding)

Sewing/Applique Instructions: Seams are sewn 1/4” wide. A walking foot is recommended.

Step 1: Applique Elephants- Iron adhesive to wrong side of fabrics following package directions. 

Cut out elephants with adhesive paper right side up. *They have an adapter so Crafter's Edge dies can be used with other cutting machines.

The edges aren't sharp, but can cut up to six layers.

Peel off paper liner from the backs of elephants. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of fabric. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool. Sew around edges of applique using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch.

Step 2: Quilt backing with batting and basting spray - Protect the area where you will be working by placing an old sheet or paper under and around the area you’ll be spraying. Place the batting on work area, smoothing to remove wrinkles (iron if needed.) Place the quilt backing, wrong side down, on top of batting. Smooth to remove wrinkles. Having the batting a bit larger than the backing is suggested.

Roll back about six inches of the quilt back to expose some of the batting. Using the basting spray, spray batting from one edge to the other. Carefully lay the wrong side of quilt backing over the sprayed surface of batting. Smooth fabric to ensure it adheres to the sprayed fabric and remove any wrinkles. Roll back the rest of the quilt back to continue spraying and smoothing about six inches at a time until you reach the bottom of the quilt back. Check for creases or folds you might have missed.

Step 3: With a washable pen, mark batting 42” across and 46” down as shown in illustration. These lines will help keep your rows straight.

Step 4: Quilt-as-you-go front – Turn backing and batting over to have batting facing up. Using Spray N Bond Adhesive, spray wrong side of top 2½” strip. Place strip right side up across top of batting on top line (it will overlap the side lines…that’s okay.) Smooth to make sure it is straight and goes from one side to the other on the top line.

Step 5: Applique elephants 8 ½” x WOF strip - Place 8½” x WOF appliqued elephant strip right side down on right side of top strip. Make sure it will be going the right direction once it is flipped back down. Sew 1/4” seam across bottom of strips. Open and press seam flat.

Step 6: Continue sewing strips across quilt batting by placing right sides of strips together, sewing with a 1/4” seam, flipping open, and pressing.

NOTE: Don’t sew all the rows the same direction or they may start curving. Sew from right side and then switch to left side with each of the rows. Be sure to measure after adding a few rows to make sure you are keeping the strips straight. It’s easier to make a slight adjustment as you go along rather than finding you are way off when you reach the bottom.

Step 7: After all strips have been added, trim away any excess fabric and batting from top, bottom, and sides of quilt along lines. Sometimes there is a little less or extra at the bottom of the quilt depending on seam sizes.

Step 8: Add binding using your favorite method.

I also made this using Crafter's Edge Nested Hearts which you can find instructions HERE.

I made this table runner with red fabric for a Valentine project at Therm O Web.

This was my original Color It Red project, but...

This quilt is child size, but it didn't start out that way. It originally had two more borders on it 
so it would have been good for a bigger child. BUT, for whatever reason, those two borders 
would not cooperate and seemed to enjoy being ripped out TWICE rather than fit properly. 

When I explained the problem to my husband, he asked me what I did with it. I told
him I wadded  folded it up and threw it  placed it aside for later. Not wanting to totally
throw in the towel on this, I trimmed away the two borders and added binding. 

I have no idea what the problem was as I measured once, twice, and three times
yet it still was off somehow. It wasn't my fault, of course. LOL

I hope you got a chance to visit all these blogs that showed their red:

February 17th

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th
Seams To Be Sew

February 21st

There's a Pinterest page for all the Color It Red projects HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a cute elephant quilt. I have to make it soon. Thanks for the pattern. I've loved this red week so much. Thank you Carol for making all this fun for us.

  2. Thanks for the tutorial and most of all thanks for organizing this blog hop. I look forward to seeing what ideas people come up with each blog hop. It is purely inspirational, thanks!

  3. Fantastic projects and an equally fantastic hop! Thanks so much for all your work in organizing this for us!

  4. I appreciate your honesty that you had to put the heart quilt in timeout! I have a beautiful scrap quilt in timeout at the moment, but I think maybe it is my fault.

  5. Hi Carol! Oh, this is such a cute quilt. The herd of friendly looking elephants is just so fun. I love your hops, Carol. I know you are always on the last day and you're a fun way to wrap up all the goodness. Happy Friday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. The elephant quilt is SEW cute! I have to say, I thought I was on Carla's blog for a second when I saw all those dots. Hee, hee! Anyway the Love pillow is really cool too, as is the runner and the heart quilt. Thanks for the hop, Carol. It's great, as usual!

  7. Those elephants are so sweet. It makes such a fun baby quilt.

  8. Oh Carol, I just love that elephant quilt!!! I may need to pull out some fabric and get on started, so many options for fabrics and colors!! Thanks for all the work you did putting this bloghop on, I had a lot of fun preparing for it!!!

  9. Awww...that is just so cute. I'm sorry your heart quilt fought with you so much. I'd love to say, I've never had those days...but I'm afraid the lightening bolt would strike me down! hahahaha I'm so glad you mentioned that the Crafters Edge dies work in any machine. That opens a lot of new doors! Whoo hoo. Thanks for hosting a fun filled and inspirational hop.

  10. A truly adorable quilt...I love elephants as does one of my granddaughters, Ellie....I've enjoyed the Color It Red blog hop so much. Thanks for introducing me to blogs I might never have found. I've already subscribed to quite a few of them.

  11. Que divertido juego!!
    Me encanta tu tutorial

  12. What a precious baby quilt Carol and fun dies!

  13. The dot prints are so cute in your elephant quilt!

  14. Your elephants are so precious. I love that method of making a childs quilt so speedy and efficient. Sorry about those borders but glad you took the high road and removed them. I probably would have left them and given the lopsided/wobbly thing away. Thanks for hosting yet another wonderful get together of sharing and long distance friendships.

  15. Adorable projects, and love the elephant quilt. Thanks again for hosting this wonderful blog hop! It has been so much fun!

  16. Thanks for hosting another great Blog Hop, Carol!!!

  17. The elephant quilt is so sweet!
    Thanks for the fun blog hop!

  18. Love the elephant quilt along with your other red projects! This blog has been so much fun. Thank you for organizing & hosting this great blog hop!

  19. The elephants are cute. I understand about putting a project in time out. :D I had a kit like that recently. Then I realized all of their measurements were wrong. But I finally managed to cobble it together.

  20. Carol, your projects are so sweet. I love the tutorial for the elephant parade quilt. Made me wish I had a machine with dies to cut such cute creatures. And I can imagine the delight when kids get to use the special table runner. Thanks for sharing your work with us

  21. How cute are those elephants. I had to laugh about the project that would not co-operate - you did a good save.

  22. What a sweet quilt. People don't use this method enough - it makes for a striking and quick quilt. Thank you so much for hosting this fabulous HOP - everyone did an outstanding job.

  23. You're sharing so many great projects. Thanks for giving us a tut on the quilt-as-you-go. The elephants are perfect and I loved your tips especially about not sewing all in the same direction. I love your "LOVE' pillow. Excellent, Carol.

  24. Your elephants are fabulous!! Thank you for sharing it on this wonderful blog hop!!

  25. Carol, the elephant quilt is adorable! The happy little table runner is as well.
    Thanks so much for hosting and letting me be a part of this blog hop! I have truly enjoyed all of the red quilts. I have also enjoyed meeting new quilters and seeing new blogs.

    Please invite me again sometime!

  26. Hi Carol! I love your red projects, especially the quilt-as-you-go elephant quilt. It is so adorable! Thanks for hosting the "Color It Red" blog hop; I'm also glad that I am not required to choose a favorite project.

  27. Magnificent! Fun! Red rocks my world.

  28. Adorable quilt! Love your color choices. Thank you for the tutorial and the tips on how to quilt as you go. This would be such a time saver! Thank you again for hosting this wonderful hop and letting me play along. It has been great fun!

  29. These elephants are so cute! I really like elephants anyway, and yours are especially cute. I like the other projects you shared too, especially the Love quilt and the hearts. I think that quilt was just telling you that it didn't want a border.

  30. Love all your red projects and especially those baby elephants. So bright and cheery!!


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