When Michelle called me and told me they were expecting their second child, I knew a quilting project was in my near future. Michelle was having a little girl and anything girly was out of the question. I wanted the quilt to reflect Michelle in some way. One image that will probably always stick with me about Michelle was the car she use to drive. There was nothing too special about the old green sedan, except for the "I Love Kenya" bumper sticker that graced the back bumper. You always knew she had arrived when you saw that signature trademark. You see, Michelle grew up as a missionary-kid in Kenya until her teenage years. Her life in Kenya will always be apart of her and she cherishes those memories. With that in mind, I went in search of fabric. I searched and searched and finally found something that sparked some inspiration...Karavan Marrakech by Valori Wells.
It was colorful and appropriate for a little girl, but it didn't scream baby, or pink. I spent a lot of time finding coordinating fabrics and had a blast piecing everything together. I wanted to create something bright, cheerful, fun and engaging. Here is what I came up with.
I spent several weeks hand-quilting this quilt. I didn't have any sashing to follow, so I designed out a way to fill in each space of the quilt. Each elephant is painstakingly hand-appliqued on. I learned a lot about appliqueing a challenging shape...thank goodness for Fray Check.