Flumpagon quilt top finished!

Well, for the first time in ages, I finally have a quilt top finish to report! It’s my Flumpagon quilt (hexagons with elephants…), and I’m loving how it turned out.

I started this quilt a while back, when the Fat Quarter Shop was having a sale on patterns, and this little cutie by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet caught my eye. It’s her Cherry Blossom Table Runner – just beautiful!

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I decided that it was also the perfect excuse to buy some fabric I’d been drooling over for a while – the Madhuri range by Riley Blake Designs, it’s gorgeous, full of bright colours and beautiful patterns, but most of all, elephants. And this would be the ideal project for it. After all, who wouldn’t want an elephant themed table runner??? So I was seriously excited when my order arrived!

The first hiccup came when I looked at the pattern – the table runner dimensions were given as 36″ x 64″.  That sounded awfully large, so out came the tape measure and I measured the table. It’s actually 40″ x 54″. Oh dear…

So what to do? Ok, I could have just made the table runner shorter, but even so it would have been almost as wide as the table. The dimensions were all wrong. So I did what I always do in such situations. If in doubt, make it bigger…

Instead of the 17 blocks Lori put into her table runner, I made 23, and set them as an almost-square, instead of a rectangle. Then I added my borders, a skinny pink one to match the setting blocks, and then the elephant one. It ended up measuring 49 1/4″ x 52 1/4″, and here it is. It’s so pink and lovely!

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It was also lots of fun to make. Ok, so matching all the points drove me to distraction, and I had to creatively add some cornerstones to the borders due to how the elephant fabric had been cut. I had ordered the right amount of yardage for once, but the top and bottom of the elephant fabric was cut right through the middle of the elephants. So I had nine lines of elephants marching across the fabric, and two half lines of elephants… This was meant to be a Flumpagon quilt, not a flump massacre quilt, so a solution had to be found. It’s not ideal, but oddly enough, I kind of like it 🙂

Here is the fabric I have set aside for the backing and the binding – the red is for the binding and the diamond one for the backing.

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And finally, here it is being examined by Chief Quilt Testers Mr. Boy and Mimi Bubba…

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All I have to do now is decide how to quilt it, and decide whether I can bear to give it away. And that will be another story entirely 🙂

Linking on up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

12 responses

  1. Hi Lynne! Love love love this one! A real party of colors and the way you used them is brilliant. Talk soon… Cheers, Judy

    1. Thanks, Judy, I thought you’d like this one as it’s so colourful! Even if it is somewhat pink 🙂
      LPC

      1. Hi Lynne, Imlost your email address and there was no answer at your place this morning… Get in touch about tomorrow! Judy, who else?

  2. How beautiful! I especially love the pets enjoying the work!

    1. Thank you, Anita – the cats do think that every quilt I ever make is theirs by rights – they take some shifting sometimes 🙂
      LPC

  3. Gorgeous! Keep it, keep it! Keep it at least long enough to show it off at the next Patchwork in the Peaks “Show and Tell”.

    1. Well, my dear, I may well bring it along – it will almost certainly be in the exact same state as it is now, though, my quilting procrastination appears to be getting worse…

  4. Such a happy quilt. I love it!

    1. Thank you, Sarah – it makes me smile just to look at it – which is why I’m not sure I can bring myself to give it away…
      LPC

  5. What great hexagons. So bright and fun.

  6. […] Tell that I got somewhat distracted by an old quilt top that I keep meaning to quilt. It’s my Flumpagon quilt, and I thought that maybe I should take it with me, to try and get some quilting done during the […]

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