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 !
I 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.
Paper Piecing has definitely become a new love of mine. I have just completed this Giraffe. This Pattern is made by Tartan Kiwi, and it is a big project – but look at the results !!
Tartan Kiwi’s Pattern has a completely black background – and I just love how you can change the fabric – and therefore change the personality of the Quilt. This Quilt is now hanging from my bedroom door, until I decide how to Quilt it. I’m thinking something to distinguish the character of the sky and the grass ! Tartan Kiwi has also made a Zebra – Paper piecing pattern which I think is next on my to do list !! The size of this Mini Quilt is 25×34″ so it is not small !!
This is an example of my planning stage. I have my colouring pencils (which I borrow from my daughter) and the perfect giraffe fabric I found at work !
Gradually the features and personality of the giraffe come together. I have my scraps colour coded so I often have by blue box just sitting there and dig deep to find the right size piece. So the piecing is very much trial and error. When you start paper piecing it is quite difficult sometimes to determine how much fabric you need, so it is a bit of trial and error. I read in a pattern recently that you should cut your pieces an inch larger than the shape on your paper – but that is quite large and you will waste a lot of fabric this way. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I will give you a guide as I learn also……. Paper pieced Patterns don’t often include the amount of fabric needed, which I find interesting.
Two other paper pieced projects I have completed lately are the beach scene which I have created for my #beachboundswap partner and another is the owl by Elizabeth Hartman. The owl pattern is not an original paper pieced pattern. I have reduced it’s size substantially (~60%) so that it fits on the side of an one hour (and the rest….) basket.
Once the Owl was significantly smaller there were a lot of very small pieces to work with, and I find paper piecing allows me to manage the pieces and even seams better!
This Australian Beach Scene I have created for a swap, and this Mini Quilt will be sent overseas. Hence the little bits of Australia in it – the golden beach, seagulls, starfish in rock pools, yellow/ red to represent our lifeguards and a touch of Terra Australis – representing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. My mission this weekend is to Quilt this Mini so it is ready to send in September. To create this scene I have used the “Spring Fling Pattern” by JMZBlond on Craftsy, and the Turtle is by SewHooked .
Definitely give paper piecing a go -you can find patterns for any animal, Frozen characters that would make great pillows – it is really like sewing a picture !! I love it !!
Have a great weekend !!