Elephants have long been special in my family, I think because my Dad likes them. He always used to tell us to watch for elephants when we'd be getting bored on long drives (of which there were many, living on the Canadian Prairies). One day, in Grande Prairie, he actually did see an elephant out for a walk (the circus was in town). He came rushing home to get us, so he could tell us to look for elephants, but by the time we were back downtown, the elephant was done his walk and we didn't get to see it on the streets.
First, the fabric selection--I pulled all these fabrics at Along Came Quilting,
Then, the piecing was begun at retreat in October. I found the wonder clips to be a very useful tool for paper piecing--I could line up the seam lines on both sides of the clip, and thus know I was sewing on the 1/4" on both pieces.
And then the really fun part began, the quilting!! I looked at photos of elephants on the interwebs, and then had fun thinking about the quilting texture I wanted to add. Here's the 'map' I made of the areas I knew how I wanted to quilt.
I basted it all, so I could roll back and forth freely, and started in on the areas where I knew what I wanted.
and here's a photo of an elephant my Aunt (she of the Uncle M) took, and sent me after I sent her a photo of the completed quilt.