I’ve really been looking forward to writing about this project! Mostly because I get to title it “Mustaches + Elephants.” What do mustaches and elephants have in common? Read on, my friend!
My friend Amanda – 8 months pregnant – told me that she and her hubby were having a hard time settling on a theme for their baby boy’s room and the crafty portion of my brain started racing! Amanda had visions of whimsical baby elephants and her husband Josh had visions of mustaches.
Mustaches? Yep. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Mustaches are “in” right now! A quick search for “mustache baby” on etsy will bring up mustache themed nursery decor, bibs, shower invitations and onesies.
I tried to convince Amanda that she could combine the mustache and elephants theme, but I’m pretty sure she thought I was crazy.
Amanda and Josh have since decided to run full speed ahead with the mustache theme, but I was not about to let the elephant dream die. Maybe you can see where this is going…
I made a “Mustaches and Elephants” quilt! Because one of the most wonderful things about sewing is customization. The ability to make a project be whatever you want it to be. Even if the combination is as obscure as “mustaches and elephants.”
I’m proud of my fabric selection for this project – I think it might be one of my favorites! Obviously, the mustache fabric was the most limited selection, so I had to work around that one first. I ordered it online and took a swatch to the fabric store to find the rest. Yes, I was the crazy lady with a swatch of mustache fabric in her purse.
If you’ve never made a quilt, I would highly recommend a rag quilt for a starter project! The concept is incredibly simple. Somewhat time consuming (as any quilt would be) but it’s mindless enough that you can easily watch movies while you work.
The cool thing about rag quilts is that they gain more character every time you wash them, causing the exposed seams to fray a little bit more – which makes them perfect for babies. Because babies are messy (or so I’ve heard)… I’d imagine this quilt will need to be washed often!
Another cool things about rag quilts is that they have the “rag” look on one side, but the other side looks like a typical quilt, giving the end user multiple display options. Yes… I just used the phrase “end user.” I’m a dork.
The finished quilt looks so tiny here! But it measures approximately 33″ x 44″ (“ish” … I didn’t actually measure the final product). It’s a great size for a baby!
Amanda’s baby shower was yesterday and the quilt was a hit! Now we just have to wait for that sweet baby boy to arrive so he can see it, too. 😉
I’ll write a separate post about how I decided on the size and layout for this quilt, and I’ll also share the exact measurements I used. I started writing it all in this post and it just got too technical. For now, I just wanted to focus on the magic of the quilt!