Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Elmer baby boy quilt

Our friends had their first baby in November and when I asked her what kind of quilt she’d liked to have for the baby she said: “Elmer”.

Well. So much the better! I always wanted to make a solids-only version of Elmer! Et voilà:

Elmer fused

He really looks like the original from the book:

Above you can see Elmer fused to the background and here he comes “unassembled”:


Then I had to wait for the baby to be born because I wanted to include the name. They named the little boy “Valentin” and this is me during one of our MQG sew-ins:

Embroidering name 

Can you beleive I acutally embroidered the name?! Me, who hates handstitching?! But as I told you, every name has a “hidden” font. Valentin called for handembroidery.

Embroidered name

For the back I chose a simple patchwork of kona cotton solids from various charm packs.

Valentin back Kopie

The free motion quilting was once again done with Aurifil thread in light grey. Dogwood design almost all over, I only omitted the elephant.

Dogwood 1


Instead of using the striped multicolour binding I used in the original Elmer Quilt, I chose a rainbow of solids:


Once again finished with a triple zig zag stitch.


And here you can see him ready to be cuddled and loved:

Valentin Kopie

I somehow feel that this is not the last Elmer Quilt I made… They are just too much fun to make!

Dare to be different!


  1. Ohne Quilting war er ja schon schön, aber jetzt: einfach genial!
    LG, Karin

  2. It is gorgeous! Love the backing, too. So funny, just the other day I thought about googling for an Elmer quilt design, then this popped up.

  3. Oh Christine.... I am sure I read somewhere that you didn't think you had done a lot of sewing for a while.... You have been super productive... I love your Elmer quilt.... x

  4. The solids look great ... Elmer is a favourite in our family too :)

  5. That is an awesome quilt, love it!!!

  6. Elmer rocks! Such a lovely present

  7. Ich schließe m ich dem an, Elmer sieht total schön aus und der Quilt ist einfach toll geworden.
    Gruß Sylvia

  8. Meine Jungs wuerden auch eine lieben ;)! Darf ich mich von dir inspirieren lassen??

  9. So lovely!!! Great idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a fun colorful project! Love it all! The binding is a fabulous touch!


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