Original 1920s block version 2

Baby Elephant Walk

This (queen sized) quilt was designed in Electric Quilt to help a student create her own version of an elephant or Indian inspired quilt. All the patches were produced using squares only — even the triangles!

The centre large elephant has been adapted to include minaret towers in the block design, using curved two patch blocks for the tower tops. The baby elephants are walking around the edge of the quilt, hence the quilt title.

The quilting is completely done with a walking foot, even the wiggly bits.

The story and directions were featured in Quilter's Companion, Issue #7. The article has been reprinted in the 2006 Quilter's Companion Traditional Quilts #1.

In 2016, I gave the quilt to my daughter Clare, who went to India for a trip in her late teens.

Baby Elephant Walk Design In Electric Quilt™ 5

I had to 'cheat' a bit when I designed this, but in EQ6/7 it would be quite simply done. (Picture right.)

The quilt is featured on Do You EQ

Below are the original 1920s patchwork blocks which were the inspiration and my block designed from them.

Baby Elephant Walk queen sized quilt

Baby Elephant Walk queen sized quilt

Baby Elephant Quilt design in EQ

Baby Elephant Quilt design in EQ

Student Elephant Quilt design in EQ

Student Elephant Quilt design in EQ

Original 1920s block

Original 1920s block

My Baby Elephant block

My Baby Elephant block

Jan T

Former quilt artist, now a painter having a great time creating art!
For more than thirty years, I have been teaching (make that enthusing) people about making quilts, and am now retired!

And now I make art every day!

2 Comments

  1. Hi Debbie.
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying making the quilt. The templates need to have 1/4″seam allowance added. Another trick to help is to join your templates together and mark on both, the centre and quarter marks. When you cut the patches, transfer the marks into the seam allowances. Pin on those marks and that will be easier.
    Hope this gets rid of your ‘trouble’.
    Regards, Jan T

  2. Hi Jan, Could you help me? I have had the pattern to this quilt for years and have just started to make it. I am up to the minarets and was wondering when cutting to the template I should add 1/4 inch or just cut it to size. Have had trouble with this but am loving the challenge of making this quilt and it looks great. Thanks. Debbie.

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