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high in the mountains of North Carolina

I'm on a mission to teach people to sew, quilt, and embroider. I design patterns especially for beginners and I never release a pattern until I have videos teaching you every skill you'll need to ...

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Enormous Elephant applique pattern

from Shiny Happy World
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Enormous Elephant applique pattern
Enormous Elephant applique pattern
Enormous Elephant applique pattern
Enormous Elephant applique pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • how to use your sewing machine

Pattern Description:

This Enormous Elephant block really is enormous. It's as big as FOUR regular safari quilt blocks - appropriate for the elephant, no? I'll teach you a little trick for working with pieces bigger than your freezer paper, but other than that there are no new skills introduced with this block. You can do it all now!

Like I said - the block is huge - almost 32 inches square. It would make a terrific floor pillow, or a big corner of your finished twin-size Safari quilt.

You'll receive a full-sized pattern - nothing to enlarge or reduce. I also include a smaller pattern that fits on a single page for easy enlarging and reducing, in case you want to also use the pattern for embroidery, collage, painting, or other projects.

The pattern includes complete instructions with loads of step-by-step photos and links to video tutorials teaching you every skill you'll need to make this project.

The instructions in the pattern are for a quick and easy machine applique technique that looks very similar to fancy needle-turn applique, but you can also use fusible adhesive or needle-turn if you prefer the look of those methods. You'll find tutorials for those methods at Shiny Happy World.

With this single block you can make a wall hanging or pillow cover. Applique the design to a tote bag, a T-shirt, or anything else you can think of.

You could also repeat the same block multiple times in different colors for a Warhol-esque quilt. :-)

Or you can sign up for the Safari Quilt Block of the Month Club. Every month for 12 months you'll get a new applique block pattern of an African animal, progressing in difficulty throughout the year until you're smack in the intermediate skill level.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • finished block is 31 1/2 inches square


  • 1 yard background fabric
  • 1 yard grey fabric
  • scrap of blue fabric
  • dark brown embroidery thread

You Will Also Need:

  • freezer paper

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