I did a *lot* of searching (time wasting?) on Pinterest before I decided on what sort of quilts to make for the babies. Given that I had to make 2, I wanted something simple and relatively quick to make. I also wanted the quilts to be different, but coordinating as they will be sharing a room for some time. That meant that I couldn't really go all-out girly floral for the girl quilt, but I still wanted some pink :). I had already made green and white chevron curtains for the room, and knitted two cot blankets in green and grey (I'll show those off in another post), so I wanted to tie in with those. I also have a bit of a thing for elephant decor in nurseries. With all of that in mind, I thought about buying some chevron and polka-dot prints plus some elephant prints, but I couldn't find the colours of elephant prints I wanted either online or in our local fabric stores. Then my mum suggested I applique elephants onto the quilts, so I tumbled into another Pinterest black-hole looking for elephant appliques and found this quilt, which became my inspiration for these:
I used the loop-piecing method that I've blogged about before - so easy and quick. Once I had cut the strips apart, I appliqued the elephants onto the white squares. Surprisingly, all of the chevrons and polka dots came from Spotlight, except for the grey polka dot. That's a Michael Miller print that I picked up at a local quilting store. They have snuggly soft bamboo batting inside and flannelette backing. I stitched in the ditch around each square and then around the sashing. I've made them slightly wider and longer than cot size, so that they can be tucked in at the sides (for safe sleeping babies). I'm hoping as the twins grow these will become lap-rugs for napping or TV-watching on the couch.