Thursday, September 4, 2014

Royal Indian Elephant Pillows - A Gift for a Gift

This summer, my wonderful mother-in-law traveled far and wide to India to visit my sister-in-law's family doing missionary work. It was their first trip to India and had quite the adventure! When my mom-in-law asked what I would like back from India, I'm sure we could all guess what I said....
Yup, Fabric!! Aren't those delicious and so vibrant? I am a bit hesitant to use these in quilts until I test the dyes for running, but thought a pillow was a safe choice.
Fast forward to a couple of days ago while checking out the blogosphere, I came across this adorable elephant pillow (Inspiration) by Joy at Yesterfood linked up over at FWFS's Fabric Frenzy Friday. I knew this was the perfect pattern to make using the fabrics and a great way to say thank you to my mother-in-law. I also knew I couldn't live without one, so ended up making one for myself, too! Turns out, this was a pattern that was in Stitch Magazine and you could download the template from their website.
For the quilting, I FMQed the spirals first, then did the organic/wavy lines working around them. I really enjoyed this FMQ pattern (inspired by Angela Walters) and it was super easy and fast!
The back is just an easy envelope closure back -- my favorite and go to -- and used another one of my India fabrics. :) This might be my favorite print out of all of them all! The bottom print from the stack (above) is right there along with it! I Oh, and thanks to my sis-in-law for taking my mother-in-law shopping and I'm sure helping pick out all these lovelies!
Doesn't it look perfect on my new-to-me chair! I got this adorable yellow chair at a thrift store for $10. It was actually white and in pretty desperate need of a fresh coat. I decided on this mustard yellow and so happy! How can it not make you happy? I want to spray paint everything in this yellow!!
You can find the template for the elephant here: Pattern Printout
Oh, and while I was checking out Stitch Magazine's website, I discovered tons of awesome (and free) content! Check it out!! Free eBooks
Thanks again, Joy, for the inspiration!! Hope you have a great weekend!
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Linking up with all my party friends located in my new tab on the top of the page! Fancy, huh?!?

16 comments:

  1. Too cute! I am so jealous of those lovely fabrics!

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  2. Oh wow - I am super jealous. I grew up in India and my parents lived there for 25 years. Feeling pangs of homesickness right now!!

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  3. This is GORGEOUS! I love the fabric you chose for the elephant, very neat that it's "striped" kind of. I love love love it!

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  4. Nice blog glam-over! I love the pillow. The quilting works really well.

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  5. Beautiful Fabrics and the elephant pillow is adorable! x Teje

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  6. that is so awesome! The fabrics are gorgeous, and a great souvenir that you can really use!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  7. What a fun fabric stash! I wonder if there are any good places to buy Indian cotton online.

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  8. Oh my! These fabrics are so gorgeous...and I loooove the pillow! What a great design and the white really makes them pop. P.S. me and my sis are signed up for some glamping!!!!!

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  9. I love this! And I love fabric from India- all the colours are gorgeous. Any fabric I've gotten from there has had the dye run, just a heads up.

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  10. It's pretty! Looks great with that fabric and the quilting

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  11. Oh wow, that is a lot of fabulous fabric! So beautiful. This is such a pretty cushion, the quilting is wonderful.

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  12. I love your quilting! And that backing fabric.... my goodness!

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