Pieced Pastimes: Inspiration from a Favorite Thing

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Inspiration from a Favorite Thing

About ten years ago, I was perusing the local antique shop and spotted this beauty. I scooped it up and ran to the register with it, my heart racing with anticipation. I love it just as much now as I did in that moment. I keep it draped off the end of a cabinet in my family room and it makes me smile every time I walk into the room.

It's not in perfect condition and I think that's one of the reasons I like it so much. I often wonder about who made it, when and why. Someone put lots of time and effort into each loving stitch. It has a variety of embroidered symbols (each one representing a different meaning) including a double and triple ring - so perhaps, it was made to commemorate a special wedding anniversary.

Around the time I purchased the crazy quilt, I was really into Victorian decorating. The lovely stitches on the quilt inspired me to try my hand at silk ribbon embroidery. I ended up creating this cute little guy.

I keep him in a cabinet full of some of my other 'Favorite Things'. I used fabric remnants and lace trims from things I had sewn for my children. He reminds me of my grandmother, who collected elephants - although, hers all had their trunks up in the air which she said was a sign of good luck. Perhaps, someday someone will scoop him up and wonder about the history of him as well. Print Friendly and PDF


  1. What an absolute treasure! How nostalgic you made me feel. Wouldn't it be fun to write something about your elephant with a permanent pen perhaps...or even embroider if time permits...on a piece of fabric and tuck it in somewhere? Just thinking about it gives me the warm and fuzzies.

  2. I love the elephant. what a beautiful thing to pass down. thanks for sharing,Amy

  3. Crazy quilts are wonderful. That is something I would like to make one day.

  4. Oh my, this elephant is just gorgeous.


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