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.
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 !
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.