Friday, April 20, 2018

Elephants and Giraffes, Oh My

Several years ago I participated in the Elephants on Parade QAL and made the cute quilt for our last grandchild.  The quilt was so much fun to make and made me a follower of Sew Fresh Quilts.  Lorna has another really cute pattern called Giraffes in a Row.  With another new grandbaby due any day now, I made the giraffes to go along with the elephants.



Giraffe by giraffe, this quilt came together quickly.  With each new giraffe, I was certain that one was my favorite.








I even added a purple polka dot one to the back because they were so much fun.  I still think my favorite is orange.  Which one is yours?



My giraffes were helped along with fabric from Wendy.  I recently won a flat rate box full of solids from Wendy.  I had been really struggling with finding the "right" green and the perfect one was found in the box she sent.  How much fabric do you think one can fit into a flat rate box?  Just look at this.  I think if I travel again I want Wendy to pack my suitcases for me.



My Temperature Quilt continues to grow.  Sadly, I had to go back to the green this week when our low one night dropped down to 39*.  I thought we were done with that stuff.



Ramona is also doing a Temperature quilt.  Her blocks are a great combination of colors - a mix between my sister in Alaska and mine in California.

We've had several birthdays in the family this week.  It's always fun to join in the celebrations.


This is a special time of the year when the little ones make their First Communions.  We have two grandchildren making theirs in the next few weeks, including this one.  The veil that she will wear is the one that her mom wore, and that I wore, when we made our First Communions.  Like me, it is officially an antique!!  How quickly the years pass!


We've been battling the Influenza B in the family this week.  It has not been fun.  I'm ready for flu season to be over.

Have a great weekend.

27 comments:

Ramona said...

I’m sorry you’ve had the flu at your house. Healing prayers going up for you all. Your giraffe quilt is just too cute. I have a sister in law who loves giraffes. I may have to make thatnfor her. Thanks for the mention in your post. I was working on my blocks tonight and have February all sewn! Onto March and April! How wonderful that your grand daughters are wearing your communion veil. Enjoy the day.

Quilting Babcia said...

So sorry you've been hit by the flu. I hope everyone is well very soon, and able to participate in your beautiful granddaughter's first communion. How special that she gets to wear grandma's veil. Those giraffe's individually are cute, but the group in a row on that baby quilt just sings a family welcome lullaby to the new baby. I love Lorna's animal designs too, though sadly have yet to make any of them. Someday soon ...

QuiltShopGal said...

I hope you soon feel 100% better and same for your family. Flu has been terrible this season. Never fun. I love your giraffe parade quilt. Adorable. Fun pictures of the kids too! First communions are special, but what a treasure to have 3 generations wear the same veil.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Oh hope you start to feel better soon. How cool that the veil has been worn by 3 generations. I like the polka dot giraffe on the back.

I am said...

Oh wow those giraffes are gorgeous ,you are very clever ,hope you are all feeling better soon ,hope your day is a good one xx

Maria said...

Do hope you'er all feeling better...Flu season hasn't hit here yet....
Oh I do love those Giraffes and can't pick a favorite...
Sew nice to help celebrate the birthdays with your family.
Very special for your GD to wear the veil for her First Communion that was worn by her Mum and Grandma...

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love your giraffe quilt (have the pattern, too) and like it on the white background - really pops those colors. Special time with grands I hope makes you feel better.

ShirleyC said...

I love the giraffes! We've had some birthdays this week too. Hope you feel better.

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Joyful Quilter said...

I LOVE the giraffe quilt...the circle quilting is perfect. Hard to pick but my fav is the teal / blue giraffe. ;o)

Nice win on the solids. Looks like a great variety of colors.

OPQuilt said...

Sorry to hear the flu has hit your house--just when you were getting up and going again. But it looks like you are still going, with making that really cute set of giraffes/baby quilt. So darling. Darling also describes the young girl in her veil--such a beautiful sight! Enjoy that special day.

dq said...

The giraffe's are adorable and I couldn't possibly pick a favorite.

Your temperature quilt is still every so lovely as well. It is fun to watch it grow.

Congratulations to the little ones and their communion. IT is so sweet that the veil has such a wonderful history.

Tangos Treasures said...

I love the quilt!! I'm a purple fan!! Congratulations on the new baby!!
Hope all get to feeling better!! No flu here!! YAY!

barcord said...

Love Giraffes and yours are gorgeous.
How fantastic that your granddaughter is wearing your veil. Its good to have special traditions in the family.
Hope you are feeling much better today.

Debra Graham said...

So sorry that your all suffering from the flu. Your correct your first communion is a very special time. The giraffe quilt is super adorable.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

This quilt is so cute !! Great gift for a grandchild.
Hope you are feeling better, Mary.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh, Mary...the dreaded flu...feel better soon! I adore that giraffe quilt, its just toooooo cute!

Abby and Stephanie said...

It seems very wrong for the flu to still be hanging around in mid-April! I heart giraffe. With the single giraffe on the back the quilt is totally reversible too! Adorable. Stay warm. Be well.

Jeanna said...

The giraffes are adorable. I can't select a favorite, they all look very nice together.

Hope you are all feeling much better soon!

Vireya said...

Your giraffe quilt is super cute!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

What a cute quilt. Love the confetti squares you added and the stripe binding is wonderful. You comment about green in your temperature quilt made me laugh. Since I like colder/cooler temperature, I rather have some blue in mine. Happy Birthday to everyone! I just got over a horrible flu, wishing you speedy recovery.

-Soma

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

I remember your adorable Elephant quilt! (was it called Elephants on Parade?) And these giraffe's are just as adorable. I think I am partial to the ones with the longest necks! It looks like they are all pieced too...right? Your granddaughter's 1st communion veil reminds me of one Irene is wearing in an old photo I have taken in the 1950's of a group of young ladies during a feast to the Virgin of Guadalupe.....I'll show that to you one of these days! Speaking of days......today is the day.....my retirement day! woohoo!

Deb A said...

I love the teal giraffe. Bummer on the flu bug - we too were hit by half the house. Knocking on wood the rest don't get it. Hope it clears quickly and you don't come down with it. Lovely picks of the grands.

Barb said...

I love the giraffes...just adorble and so is your granddaughter. So special about the veil, I am sure she was proud to wear it.

Createology said...

I do hope the flu bug has flown from your home by now. Your Grands are precious and what a wonderful heirloom veil you have each worn. Super fun giraffes on the very cute quilt. Happy Spring...<3

lvkwilt said...

I have ordered the giraffe pattern also---just too cute! I like baby quilts that kind of grow with the baby...great job and prayers for a healthy baby!

Sherry said...

I love your giraffe quilt. I have done a few of the Sew Fresh Quilt patterns, the giraffe quilt would be a cute one for my granddaughter. Happy sewing!

em's scrapbag said...

Hope everyone is feeling better. That stuff is just nasty.

I love, love, love your giraffes.