George the Giraffe Gets Appliquéd
We’re awaiting the arrival of Baby Girl in less than seven weeks. OMG!! She deserves a very special quilt, and we were given free rein to create it. Selecting a giraffe in the design process was easy. They are one of my favorite animals if you take dogs out of the mix. Plus we found an adorable model for inspiration.
Here are the pictures we used for our muses. George is a very friendly looking giraffe and he loves to eat leaves; therefore he needs a tree.
What else would you include for a giraffe? I’m not all THAT familiar with they love, but this gives us a fun direction and idea to run with.
Giraffes R.o.c.k. too
The muses are nice, but let’s see George and his tree, right?! We used an interfacing on the back of all of the pieces. Here is concept version #129. George’s tail gave us some issues as it was too skinny to turn right side out. I decided to worry about that issue when I started buttonholing. Putting issues off for later is a great deflecting talent I have – worry about stuff later.
Lest you worry about George’s tail, it was resolved during the appliquéing process. That’s how we roll in the shire – no worries about anything preferably.
Appliquéing Happily Along
In case you didn’t notice, George has two heart ♥ ♥ eyes. Ellie, my Elna, has two heart stitches. Quite a bit of time was spent determining which stitch was better, exactly where placement should be, and what color thread should be used. Here is what the appliquéing on his legs look like; do we like that color? It’s just black – should we use that?
In the end, the same black thread was just fine. Who knows exactly what color eyes giraffes have anyway. Black represents just fine for Baby Girl. Phew! It was time to move on to the tree. After a bit, I sat back, smiling to myself and saw this when I looked over!!
George says, “What?! I’m just supervising. Do a nice job, please.” His heart eyes were smiling back at me, too.
What’s a Tree Without Leaves??
Yes, indeed. What is a tree without some leaves. Weeks ago, that seems like months now, I was sewing and Sue was turning many leaves. Many, many leaves. Now we can see them come to fruition and add a spark to make the vision come alive.
There is more appliquéing in my very near future. Scattered leaves, George munching, and one or more surprise elements. You won’t see any more about this project until Baby Girl is born. My guess is December 23rd, while Sue thinks December 26th. Mom/Andrea and Grandma Janice are leaning toward December 27th, and GG (who is always right for some reason!) thinks the 22nd. Wanna play along? Pick your date and tell us in the comments. FYI – the doctors originally said December 30th.
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