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So glad to have you join us for the Let's Bee Social weekly linky party!
This week I have finally gotten around to working on my 6 giraffe version of the Giraffes in a Row pattern. Finally! It was a tough decision to make. What colour of background should I use? Something light or something dark? What about the focus fabrics? Should I go with solids or keep on practicing with using prints?
In the end I was highly influenced by my new blog header and decided to use a white background and good old solids. I have been stressing myself out for the past few weeks, but now I'm right in my happy place and so glad to be piecing in my comfort zone!
I have a double trunk show in Waterloo, Ontario today and am looking forward to meeting everyone at the Waterloo County Quilters' Guild. Then I hope I can get back at those giraffes tomorrow and soon have a finished top!
Meanwhile, down on the farm.....
The photo above was taken 7 years ago this month. I took the photo to enter in the local fall fair's photography section. The subject was "Point of View". I just found this photo recently on an old memory stick. The name "memory" stick is dual purpose because these old photos sure do bring back memories. My son will be turning 17 this coming Monday.
In the photo my son Russell is climbing up the old square bale elevator to the top of the barn. His old dog, Dodger is looking for a way up too, but as much as he wants to follow Russell, he isn't keen to climb the elevator.
Now back to the here and now.......
I am so thrilled each time I receive an email with an attachment of a finished quilt. Really. Truly. It makes me smile inside and out to see that someone enjoyed making one of my patterns. That is my goal. I want my customers and quilt alongers to be happy all the way through the whole process. I hear a lot of stories of the dreaded UFO's that people start and loose interest in finishing. So if you are writing to share a finish, then that tells me you had fun!
Today I am excited to share two emails that were sent to me with finished quilts attached.
First up we have this adorable Giraffes in a Row made by Gale.
"I purchased your pattern early in August and made the larger version for my new grandbaby. Thought you would like to see my version. I used some of my batiks, that somehow seem to never get used. Love how it turned out and really enjoyed making it. Feel free to share it if you wish. While grandbaby # four for us is only a month old and cannot appreciate the bright quilt, her two year old sister has already claimed it. Love your patterns and hope to make more in my future. Happy Stitching, Gale"
I thought Gale had used white for a background... Just like in my blog header! But it turns out this a very pale sky blue. And I love that scrappy binding. What a clever way to continue the rainbow goodness all the way around!
Gail also noticed that there was a small omission in the pattern. The blue giraffe was one piece too short in the neck. Now that I am finally working on my own version of the large size quilt, I see that she was right! Thank you so much for sending in the correction and.... Thank you so much for allowing me to share your rainbow-tastic new finish, Gail!
Secondly we have this precious Forest Friends 2 baby quilt made by Duane.
Do you know how much I love that wavy line quilting? Of course you do!
Thank you so much for allowing me to share your lovely new finish, Duane!
Let's Bee Social!
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- Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts) Hey! It's me!
- Connie (Freemotion by the River)
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I adore your Giraffe pattern, and the solids on the white is just perfect!
These are super beautiful finishes by Gail and Duane! Loved the farm photo - if only they would stay young just a little longer :)! Your 'solids' story reminded me of how I myself used to sew mostly with solids, till it seemed I couldn't find much at our Local quilt shops. So, hard as it was - I finally made the switch to sewing mostly with prints - and along come all these new beautiful solids to choose from. Your giraffe quilt looks so beautiful - love the close coordinating colors in each.
What a fun post to read! I adore that giraffe pattern/quilt, I think it's my favorite and I just want to make herds of them, so cute! The finishes by Gail and Duane are wonderful, I like seeing finished quilts too - gives me motivation and inspiration to keep working on my UFO's as well. The farm photo is really neat! As a kid, I spent summers on the farm with my grandparents and those were some super fun times! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see your solids giraffe quilt!
I love the giraffes and was thinking it would make a great wall hanging but then maybe the spots would be really really tiny and impossible to sew..... oh well. I think it may be my favourite.
I love the giraffes!
Your giraffes are so colorful and cheery. I love all your designs and wish I had someone to make them for.
It is not that like or dislike giraffes. They are just there. Until now. These handsome fellas have stuck out their adorable necks and have stolen my heart. I am in love with your giraffes.
Those giraffes are just adorable Lorna! Having just seen these incredible beauties that never cease to take my breath away with their grace and incomprehensible neck length just last week at the Toledo Zoo, I enjoy seeing yours as well as Gale's in rainbow fabrics that much more. They literally made me grin when I saw the first photo!
I love your giraffes!!!!!
Those giraffes are so cute...love them..xox
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