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Life’s a Jungle, Baby….

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday!

This is Giraffe Love and it’s made from Kona Cottons.
For the Background: Ice Frappe, Pond, Pool, Breakers, Cyan & Oasis.
For the Giraffes there is Sunny & Cedar.
Cactus, Peapod & Grass are for the Leaves.

Choosing a backing fabric was difficult.  I looked to my online friends for help in making the decision.  In the end I went with something completely different and chose 8 Days a Week by Ampersand for Windham Fabrics.

The quilting was performed using my walking foot, spaced 1/2″ apart, quilted using Superior Threads’ Poly Quilter #331 in Lemon Chiffon thread.  This thread is subtly variegated and warmly depicts the sun kissed breezes blowing among the Acacia trees of Africa.

For the binding I had thought about using a black and white stripe.  But I dug into my stash for something that would blend in with the quilt top and found this Up in the Sky by Dan Morris for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  I think those blues go perfect with the background of this fun quilt and the binding provides a striking frame.

This quilt finish was the 34th use of my 100 labels ordered from

You can design your own labels, too!  Click here!
The Giraffe Love quilt finished at approximately 40″ x 50″
and is now listed with my other Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop.
And the pattern is now available from my pattern store here.

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34 Responses

  1. Renee says:

    This quilt turned out awesome, and I love the gentle curving lines you chose for quilting! I think the back works well with the bright colors on the front.

  2. Hippos would be nice too. Just in case you need more inspiration. Love the giraffes too and your productivity is amazing!

  3. Unknown says:

    I love it! Beautiful as always! Thanks for the

  4. Ruth says:

    Really like the quilting – it's such a fun quilt!

  5. Paula says:

    What a great quilt. The design is so fun and I love the quilting you choose to use. Just beautiful.

  6. Look up….way up….I'll call Rusty.Are you too young to remember that?Best back choice yet! Love it!

  7. Look up….way up….I'll call Rusty.Are you too young to remember that?Best back choice yet! Love it!

  8. KaHolly says:

    Just precious!

  9. Kate says:

    Lorna, your giraffe quilt is absolutely beautiful!!!! You chose the perfect fabrics for the backing and binding – I just love the whole thing!

  10. Ooohhh, love that suggestion of hippos, just sayin'…Great finish, the gentle curve quilting was a great add and I really love the B/W backing.

  11. Katherine says:

    Lorna, you've outdone yourself! Those giraffes are irresistible and the fabrics you chose make this cute design so fabulous (and oh, that quilting… perfect!!). Wow. Love this quilt!

  12. Carla says:

    So very cute Lorna! That quilting!!!

  13. Love the subtle quilting on this one…. I especially like that some of the waves/air currents end midquilt. Very clever! And, of course, those solids are yummo!

  14. I love the binding fabric you found to use, and the quilting really enhances the design Lorna. Beautiful finish!

  15. Ioleen says:

    Very adorable. Love the quilting – gentle and soft. This is a pattern I will be making for my guild's upcoming charity. Thanks Lorna!

  16. Vera says:

    Great finish Lorna! I liked this backing the most plus I really like your simple but very effective quilting.

  17. I just love the gently undulating quilting lines. Just beautiful and restful. What an inspiration!

  18. Karen says:

    Another wonderful quilt by you! I love the quilting and appreciate the detail of the color across the sky and the giraffe. Are hippos next in line after the monkeys?

  19. I love the giraffes! Are you working your way through all the zoo animals? They've all been great patterns so far.

  20. Adorable Lorna! And your quilting choice was a perfect enhancement to your clever quilt design.

  21. Lara B. says:

    Such a sweet and fun quilt Lorna! Your depiction of the giraffes is so clever! I think Superior should hire you to name their threads – Sun Kissed Breezes sounds so nice!

  22. Oh that is absolutely adorable! Fantastic work! I think the backing is perfect for it too.

  23. Forgot to say, I love the little label tabs you use and am going to see if I can find anywhere in NZ that I can order some from! Have a good weekend!

  24. Oh this is so gorgeous! The solids keep it beautifully simple and I love how you've done the quilting!

  25. LOVE the giraffes, Lorna! Too cute!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  26. So cute!! Another winner. Keep those great ideas coming.

  27. Kitty says:

    Very cute giraffes! I love the simple gradient blue background, and the balance of the leaves. I'm sure whatever baby ends up with this quilt will be pleased as punch!

  28. They are adorable! And I love the quilting.

  29. Patty says:

    Great job on the quilting for the Giraffes quilt!

  30. Rosemary B here:Well, this is adorbbbbs. I of course looked at this a few days ago, but I never commented.This quiltie is the cutest thing every.Lorna you are wonderful❤️

  31. Christine S says:

    So cute, again! Love the binding!!

  32. Cheryl says:

    This quilt turned out awesome! I really like the wavy quilting you added, it adds great movement to the quilt without taking away from the piecing at all.

  33. I've not been doing too well on the commenting front recently but I've loved seeing your giraffes and monkeys patterns following the gorgeous zebras and elephants. And the finished giraffes are brilliant, they've turned out so like your original pattern yet better, if that makes sense!

  34. Michele says:

    It is just adorable. Nicely done.