Ethel, The Rocking Elephant

I am in LOVE with Ethel.  Not only is she made with beautiful Art Gallery fabric, but she is soft, cuddly, and so freaking adorable.


Art Gallery is sponsoring a contest using the new Cultivate line by Bonnie Christine.  This great line blends the cool colors of summer with warm fall tones.  The challenge was to use any of the prints from this line to make anything that signifies change.

We had just 2 1/2 weeks to make and submit a project for this challenge.  That’s not much time, but doable.  I was hoping to create my own pattern, but then I had the grand-monkeys for a week, and was sick for a week.  So really, I didn’t have much time as originally expected to work on this challenge.  But I love how she turned out.

I used a Huggable Pattern for the elephant.  I made up the hat and rocker, and honeyman made the rocker for me. She had her first photo shoot at the LQS, but when I took her to the park, her personality really came through.

She decided that she really liked to garden among the hosta plants.


And then she lost her rocker (Is that the same as losing your marbles?) and decided to take a break.  She didn’t see any little boys or girls to play with, but she would have loved that as well.  (I put magnets in her feet that allow her to stand on the rocker without falling over.)


She started playing hide-and-go-seek behind the bushes…


And took a break on a bench in town square.


If you have enjoyed Ethel, she asks that you log into Pinterest and VOTE FOR HER here.  You vote by clicking on the heart on her picture.  Of course, repins are great too.

Linking up with:

#CultivateChallenge & #CultivateInFall.

32 thoughts on “Ethel, The Rocking Elephant

  1. Oh, the adventures of Ethel the rocking elephant. I so enjoyed the story of her first outing…I think she should go on more tours and see what trouble she can get into. Good luck in the contest!

  2. I am so excited to meet another quilter who enjoys “cute” like I do. This elephant is awesome. Those eyes! Congrats on the move to NC, may it bring you joy. The pic of the mts reminds me of the view I enjoyed on every vacation growing up, in Maggie Valley on Ghost mountain. We owned a lodge and several homes and it was idylic. From my experience, it takes a moment to adjust from working to not working, when you can set your own goals. Nice visiting with you. LeeAnna at not afraid of color (with the flamingos and the poodle)

    • LeeAnna, thanks for visiting. And I do love cute! I try to do modern quilting, but honestly I’m so much better at cute. It’s only been 8 weeks, but we are loving the mountains so far. But I still haven’t found as much time as I had wanted to spend sewing and quilting. Maybe one day

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