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A Solo Giraffe


A “Solo Giraffe” started as a small project for a very dear recipient to return a RAOK…  knowing that they have a love of Giraffes – a mini quilt came to mind.


The Tartan Kiwi  has some amazing foundation paper piecing patterns.  Some of them have been on my to do list for a while – including this one !!  For those that are visiting – foundation paper piecing involves sewing fabric to a paper foundation in a numerical sequence.  Once the sequence is completed – you remove the paper from the back and you are hopefully left with a gorgeous image such as this giraffe, to start creating your “quilt sandwich”.  The Tartan Kiwi patterns are fantastic, great explanations and clear instructions.  However, I would not recommend this for your first foundation paper piecing project.  Make a couple of stunning stars first and then go for it !!  (There are so many on Pinterest).  Once you have the idea of following the numbers – you have your strategy down pat for any Foundation Paper Piecing pattern.

Most of the fabrics used here, have come from my stash.  The gorgeous Giraffe fabric print I found while sorting out a pile of “roll-ups” at work.  The blues, oranges and greens just happened to be in my stash 😉  I really didn’t start with a plan of which fabrics went where, but I took advantage of the colouring page that Juliet contains in her pattern – to give me some idea where the sky and grass will meet.

Back of the Solo Giraffe Quilt

It always amazing when you see a fabric and say “Yes” this is the perfect fabric for my project. I was visiting and playing with fabric at  Clair’s fabric, and fell in love.   The bright flowers and birds in this Echino Decoro fabric for Kokka, are just divine.  I can just imagine a giraffe wanting to live in this garden.  It is a cotton linen, so heavier than Quilting Cotton, but gives this mini quilt (36×24″) the lift it needs.

The feeling is overwhelming when the back of your Quilt looks just as amazing as the front !!  Almost like a “negative of a photograph” !!  You can really see the free motion quilting  stunning effects on the back of this quilt !! I have machine bound this Mini Quilt, so even the straight stitching framing the back looks awesome !  I have used Aurifil thread 2310 to quilt this mini !


Here are some close-ups just to give you an idea of the free motion quilting I have done here !

sewnbyleanne_foundationpaperpiecing_giraffeI have loved this project and am hoping the recipient loves it just as much as I do !!

Go and check out The Tartan Kiwi – Juliet has some awesome designs and patterns – if I had the time I would create them all 😉

Have a great weekend.



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11 thoughts on “A Solo Giraffe

  1. Perfect fabric for the giraffe, a great find. I can hardly even see the seams! I hope the recipient appreciated your hard work 😉

    1. Thanks Hope !! I really enjoyed making this one and the Tartan Kiwi patterns are great !

  2. This is such a beautiful piece! I have a friend who loves giraffes as well, and this would go beautifully hanging on her wall. the body of the giraffe almost looks like one solid piece. hard to tell its paper pieced at all!

    1. Thanks Emily, yes this fabric is just perfect for a giraffe !! Loved making this one – such a lovely pattern

  3. Amazing! I mad a giraf babyquilt, but this is so gorgeous! I would love to have this on my wall!! Congrats with this finish!!

    1. Thank you so much – I am so glad you love it !! It is one thing that I love about quilting – two people can take the same pattern and yet through their fabric choices – the quilts can have a personality and identity of their own <3

  4. I looked at the giraff pattern at Tartankiwi. Your additions to the original patterns and colorchoices made this girafquilt unique!

  5. I love paper piecing! Your giraffe is amazing and the fabric is perfection! Love it!

    1. thank you so much Jayne. It is such a rewarding pattern and the results are lovely !

  6. Your giraffe mini made with those fabrics looks amazing! The recipient is very lucky.


    1. thank you soma, this giraffe was such a joy to create 🙂

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