Quilt #20: Giraffe Baby Quilt

Very early on in my #26quilts project, I drafted a quick list of people I wanted to make quilts for during the year. My co-worker, and good friend, Libby, was high on my list. However, what I wasn’t expecting at the time was to end up making her a baby quilt; but that’s just what happened. Before I could get started on Libby’s quilt, she and her husband found out they were expecting their first child. Very exciting! And Baby quilts are always fun!GiraffeBabyQuilt1Libby didn’t have a strong color scheme when I went to pick out fabrics, but she knew that she wanted giraffes to play a big part in the nursery. With that in mind, I set out to find some cute giraffe-themed fabric that was also gender neutral (I picked fabrics before they found out the sex of the baby).

I ended up finding some great Riley Blake giraffe prints, chambray colored dots & hexagons, orange lined flowers, and yellow dots. I’m still a bit tired of making triangle quilts, so I went with a large chevron pattern.GiraffeBabyQuilt3It’s quilted 1/4inch on either side of the chevron seams, and that adds just enough to give it a good balance of weight and fluff.

The back is pieced with a great rusty yellow colored polkadot print mixed with leftover fabric from the front and a small amount of super-cute giraffe print that I didn’t use anywhere else.GiraffeBabyQuilt5

I love the way the simple quilting really shines on the back – understated chevron all the way.GiraffeBabyQuilt6

The piece is bound with bias tape & honestly, was fantastic to make. I love this big chevron pattern – it truly comes together so, so fast. 1 afternoon to cut and piece the front; 1 afternoon to sandwich and quilt it. It takes maybe 8 hours total & that’s being really slow/distracted.GiraffeBabyQuilt7I took Libby her new quilt at the baby shower we threw at work. Needless to say, she loved it! Yay!
GiraffeBabyQuilt8Libby, here’s wishing you and your growing family many, many years of happiness!!

20 quilts down, 6 to go!


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