Zoo quilt is a flimsy


So, unfortunately with no one up yet, this is the best image I can get of the quilt top. A better one will come later.

Here is the tutorial for the panda row- https://andragayle.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/pinyin-park/

Here is the tutorial for the top row zebra block-https://andragayle.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/month-by-month-row-by-row-january/

So, I am going to give you the measurements for the rest of the quilt here as well as a tutorial for the elephant row.

Penguin row- the penguins were fuzzy cut at 4 inches wide- measuring 3.5 once sewn in. There is one seam in there to make it the correct length of the width of the quilt which is 50.5 inches unfinished.  The blocks are all 10 inch finished blocks.  The pink strips are all cut 1.5 to finish at 1 inch.

Flamingo Gardens row-


The flamingo squares are cut at 6.5 inches (cut 5) and then 2.5 inches (cut 10)

The green strips are 2.5 X 6.5 (cut 10)

The blue strips are 2.5 X 8.5 (cut 10)

A pretty simple block to put together and it went together so fast, I hardly knew I was sewing it.

Lions and Rhinos oh my-

january-blog-40 The lion square is 4.5 X 4.5 (cut 5)

The side strips are 1.5 X 4.5 (cut 10)

top/bottom strips are 1.5 X 6.5 (cut 10)










The top and bottom rhino pieces- green strips are 1.5 X 2.5 (cut 20)  Rhino pieces measure 2.5 X 3 (cut 20)

Side Rhino pieces- use the solid strips that you cut above and the rhino pieces measure 2.5 X 5 inches (Cut 20)january-blog-43







Ok, now for the complicated part.  I did a lot of recutting and sewing to get this row correct so here goes.  REMEMBER- everything you do for the first elephant, you have to MIRROR for the second elephant.

First, you need a dark grey/white half square triangle block (2 of them) that finish at 2.5 inches.  I cut mine at 3 inches, sewed it, and then trimmed.  Up to you how to do it, there are many methods and we all have our favorite.  Then that is sewn to a light grey square, as pictured to come up with the 3 triangle block pictured- remember they need to be mirror images.

Those squares are then sewn to a light grey rectangle 2.5 X 3.5 (cut 2)

For the rest of this section you  need the following- remember to cut 2 so you can mirror the other side.

dark grey:  rectangle 10.5 X 6.5, rectangle 7.5 X 2.5, square 1.5 inches

light grey: rectangle 6.5 X 5.5

Sew together as pictured- the little squares are sewn on the diagonal and flipped back.



These next sections are where all the re-cutting occurred but I think I have it right for you…

Eye section-

3 dark grey 1.5 inch squares and one black 1.5 square.  Match a black square with a dark grey to make the eye square by sewing on the diagonal. Then add a top rectangle 1.5 X 3.5 and a bottom rectangle 2.5 X 3.5

Attached to the side of the eye section is a white rectangle 2.5 X 4.5 with a 2.5 square sewn on the diagonal- make sure you make them mirrors of each other.

The piece below the eye section is made of : a dark grey square 2.5 with a white corner from a 1.5 square and a dark grey rectangle 3.5 X 2.5 with a white corner square 1.5.

The bottom piece of this section is a white rectangle 4.5 X 1.5 with dark grey corner from a 1.5 square sewn to a 1.5 inch dark grey square.


Here is what your finished eye section should look like and we are going to create the forehead sections.

Light grey: 3.5 X 1.5 rectangle

Dark grey: 3.5 X 1.5 rectangle, 3.5 square, 1.5 square

white: rectangle 3.5 X 2.5 that gets sewn to the 2.5 dark grey square- note it isn’t a half square triangle!!!  White 3.5 square gets a 1.5 inch dark grey corner.

There is a third head section to create before this all gets sewn together- see below.


working from the top of that back column

You need a dark grey square 2.5 with corners made from light grey 1.5 inch squares.

Then a light grey rectangle 1.5 X 2.5 with a 1.f corner out of dark grey

Third down is a half square triangle made from 2.5 inch squares of light and dark grey

Last is a dark grey 2.5 square with a white 1.5 inch corner.  Be sure to make mirror images for the other side.

january-blog-66Now comes the middle trunk sections.

The top of this section is made from a dark grey 2.5 square with a white 1.5 corner which gets sewn to  a white 2.5 square with a dark grey 1.5 corner.

Then comes a white rectangle 5.5 X 2.5 with a dark grey 2.5 corner on top and a dark grey 1.5 corner on the bottom- both sewn to the same side.  Attach this long ways to a dark grey rectangle 5.5 X 2.5 with a white 1.5 corner.

The bottom section is a dark grey rectangle 4.5 X 3.5 with a white 3,5 square in the bottom corner and a white 1.5 corner on the opposite (top).

And the final, curled tip of the trunk section, which actually gets sewn in between the above section and the face/eye section…


Top square is made up of a dark grey rectangle 3.5 X 1/5 with a white 1.5 corner, a dark grey 2.5 X 1.5 rectangle, and a white 2.5 square with 3 dark grey 1.5 corners.

Then you need a white rectangle 4.5 X 1.5 which is sewn on the short side to a dark grey rectangle 3.5 X 1.5 with a white 1.5 corner triangle.  This section gets sewn on the long side to a white rectangle 2.5 X 5.5 sewn to a dark grey 2.5 square.





And, when you are done, you get this- hopefully without all the mess you can see behind my sewing table.


january-blog-72Here it is without the penguin row and the pink strips.

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