I have been wanting to get my hands on the Birch Fabric Mod Basics collection since it was released! So it worked out perfectly when a customer selected fabrics from this collection for her son's blanket! She is adopting a little boy from Thailand and is super excited about getting his room all together, and every boy (I think) definitely needs an elephant blanket.
The quilt consists of rows of the elephants (ellie fam), abacus and solids; all from the same color groups and then just repeated in strips. I thought it would be good to have a sort of color gradient and am super excited about how it turned out! All the rows were cut in varying widths, so that it is less formal and gives it a little more interest instead of all the rows being exactly the same.
It was made by first cutting strips and then piecing the strips together of the same colors (I had it prelaid out of how I wanted it to go). I do strip piecing in sections as less tension is put on the quilt top instead of just doing row after row. I think it makes it straighter and definitely easier without having all that fabric in your lap. Then I trim the edges.
Then I put the sections together, so that I end up with two halves or roughly the same size and then I put both halves together to get the finished quilt top.
I quilted along all the seams of each row and along the entire out edge. Silver Minky was used on the back and just looks wonderful with it!
Here it is!