Saturday, April 16, 2011

Six Elephants


Road Trip
41" x 41"
Machine applique, machine pieced, and machine quilted

Finally, the "punch line of a joke" quilt for a guild challenge can be revealed. When I first heard this challenge, I immediately thought of this joke because my husband has always thought it's hysterically, laugh-out-loud funny.  (This tells you a lot about him, probably.)  I also immediately thought, "I can't draw that."  However, as time passed, I kept thinking about it, and thinking about it, and with the help of Google images and how-to-draw web sites, here it is.  I got lots of inspiration and tips from Mary Lou Weidman's wonderful books, and the Hoochey Mama monkey wrench blocks in the border are hers too.




I loved every minute of making this quilt; I had been in a creative slump, and this was the jolt that got me out of it. The bright colors brightened the dreary weather, and I loved the silliness of it.   I'm not much for embellishment usually, but for this quilt, even that was fun.  My favorite is Mama E's version of a flag pin.  She's patriotic, of course--an elephant, after all.  Currently, I'm still looking for an appropriate charm to put on a bracelet for Sister Elephant!




11 comments:

Hedgehog said...

What a fun quilt! And so much work went into it!

Deb H said...

It is so CUTE! What a happy way to climb out of a slump!

Good job Kay!

Debra Spincic said...

Whatever it takes to get you back in a creative mood is what you need to do! This is adorable!

Nellie's Needles said...

Wonderful! You've got me grinning from ear to ear!

I love all those details that keep my attention within this charming quilt.

Barbara C said...

What a fun quilt, and what great details. I love the elephant in shades.

Liz said...

I LOVE this quilt! You did an awesome job. Even my husband said so! He thinks the joke is funny, too, although maybe not laugh-out-loud. But, that's something he doesn't do much anyway, so there you go!

dee said...

So adorable, beautifully done. Love her patterns.
It's terrible how miserable I get when the computer is having a glitsh. Also enlightening how much we get done without it.

Libby Fife said...

That is so cute, I can barely stand it! And clever too! Good for you for pulling all of your resources together and then some to make this. What a great job!

Rian said...

You really hit it out of the park with this, Kay! What fun--I totally love it! Great drawing, too!

McIrish Annie said...

this is adorable! It looks like it was fun to do. and your DH has a sense of humor like mine.He would find this hysterical!

jenclair said...

What a wonderful quilt! Love the elephants and the cheerful, humorous take on this one!