Thanks for visiting my entry in Amy’s 2nd Virtual Quilt Festival! If you’re visiting for the first time, I certainly hope you’ll come back again! This quilt is worth stopping by for…I promise!
My little sister is six years younger than me. She’s my only sister, the baby of the family, and, I like to say, the spoiled one of the bunch. :-> She’s always been an animal lover, she was forever in doggy mode or kitty mode as a little kid (on all fours acting like an animal and wouldn’t answer you in words if you tried to talk to her), and for years she used to answer the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, with “A Giraffe!” She even went on an African Safari in her college years.
This is the ready-made “purchased” quilt, and valance…
The ruler is printed onto the fabric using my home printer, on 6″ squares which were then pieced together very carefully to make the measurements accurate. The numbers for the “feet” are appliqued, raw-edge applique. I drew the giraffe, his friends, and the plants freehand using the ready-made bedding designs as inspiration (although there is no giraffe on the original bedding!) and they are all satin-stitch applique. I made leaves for each of her boys that they use to “mark” their growth on the chart.
I entered this in the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild Show at the end of this month, so if you come to the Des Moines American Quilter’s Society show in a few weeks, you can see this in person!
If you’d like to see my entry in Amy’s First Festival of Quilts, click here… Want so see more festival entries? Go to Amy’s site… Want to see some more great DIY projects? Check out Kimba’s site…
Enjoy the rest of the Festival!
So cute! Did you usae webbing for your applique? I'm just starting to branch out into applique and yours is beautiful.
I think it's great how your sister grew up and held on to those same dreams. Good for her and Kudos to you.
So glad I stopped by…you are so creative, talented and loving to do this for your sister's children and to continue her childhood inot their futures!
Great story with your quilt! Well done – Thanks for sharing!
It is amazing how quilters find a way to express themselves… what a wonderful keepsake.
this is such a cute idea, and a great story. thanks for sharing!
Love the jungle theme, and was surprised when you confessed it was ready-made. Very nice. But your growth chart makes it exceptional. Lots of work on your part, but obviously worth it for someone special. Good on ya!
What a lovely idea and so thoughtful!
Wonderful project and such a very thoughtful gift for your sister.
What a cool quilt! It's so cute. I love the story behind it, especially that you drew the giraffe, his friends and the plants too. I bet your sister loves it too!
What a great quilt/growth chart – charming :o) Thanks for sharing it with us!
It is beautiful!
Giraffe's are fabulous animals. Love your growth chart idea.
Oh my! I'm glad I came over! That is the cutest growth chart I have ever seen! Your sister is one lucky giraffe, er, I mean girl!
Your growth chart you made for your nephew sure is cute! You were able to coordinate it so well to match the look in his room. Thanks for posting about this.
Totally cute. If I head down Int. 35 at the end of the month, I'll definitely look for this adorable Q. Well done, Doris.
Very cute!! And how fun!
I'm enjoying the quilts in the festival that have the stories attached. This is so cute and perfect.
I love your quilt story. Your sister must be thrilled and baby too!
That is really cute and what a great way to do the ruler!
Cute, fits right in with the rest of the bedding i can see why your sister picked it!
Totally wish I could see that in person, it is adorable! What a great way to incorporate your memories of your sister into something for her daughter.
Impressive, designing your own, and the multiple techniques with computer and applique, very cute.
That is adorable. So creative. You 'did good'.
I love it! I bet the baby loves it as well.
I love it – it is so cute and perfect for a baby's room.
It's beautiful. I love the story about the quilt.
Adorable. She must love them!
Adorable. She must love them!
That is really an awesome idea! I love all you applique.
Adorable, Doris! Your sister must love it.
What a clever, thought gift for your sister. This will surely be a treasure passed down through the family. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah
Not only is that fabulously cute, but it is an awesome idea too! You did a beautiful job on this. Thanks so much for sharing it!
That is so cute. Thanks for sharing.
Very Very Adorable!
Good luck with the show. What a clever idea doing the matching growth chart. Thanks for sharing.
That is just too darling! Great job.
Adorable and very clever too!
This is so cute and matches the quilt and valance well. I bet she loved it.
That is adorable, and so creative with the applique and the ruler. Great quilt!
Absolutely beautiful quilt. Thanks for participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
I love that smiley monkey face (which sometimes I call my little people when they act up).
this is painfully adorable!! i love everything about it. great quilt
Fantastic job! Its perfect with the set that she bought (gasp!)
adorable quilt! It's such a cute pattern and the curtains look great with it
I like you gasp as well as your growth chart
Love this. It is just so cute!
Beautiful and excellent story…
A great quilt.
It is beautiful and so sweet. I would never have thought of making a growth chart. What a brilliant idea!
Cute, sweet, adorable quilt!
That growth chart is adorable. Nice work!
That is ADORABLE!!!
It's wonderful! You must have made yourself crazy lining up the measurements!
Love the growth chart – too, too cute!
I live in Huxley and am going to be at the quilt show! Small world! Beautiful work. It goes PERFECTLY with the bedding.
I am in awe of your skill and creativity! It coordinates beautifully with the quilt and valance! Truly fabulous!
Really love this—great job!
So cute and creative! You did a great job!
It's a good thing that this festival doesn't require us to vote, because I'm seeing way too many quilts that I like. I love this! It would have been perfect for my Friend's son.
Oh wow, these look fabulous Doris! Thanks for commenting on mine. 🙂