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Family of Three for Quiltmaker Magazine

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

Look up. Waaaa-yyy up!

Family of Three 40″ x 53″ by Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts

This little baby giraffe is surrounded by the love of family. Keeping watch, mom and dad are right there with him under a canopy of rich, green leaves. Family of Three.

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Quiltmaker Magazine. As well as being offered an opportunity to submit a block for their next 100 Blocks, which you can see here, I was also approached to make a submission for a baby quilt to be featured in an upcoming issue. Family of Three was the design I settled on.

Elaborating on an earlier quilt I made called Giraffe Love, I drew up a revised design on grid paper and wrote myself out a pattern to follow. Then set to work cutting all the pieces.

The front is made entirely from Kona Cotton Solids in Capri, Cactus, Peapod, Grass, Sunny, Cedar and Medium Grey. And the backing is Jungle Party by Edward Miller for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This quilt finished at approximately 40″ x 53″. A great size for using a solid piece for the backing.

This finish features my favourite organic wavy line quilting.

And a matched binding. First stitched onto the front and folded to the back. Then topstitched from the front in matching threads.

This Family of Three baby quilt was the 42nd use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.
Family of Three for Quiltmaker Magazine January/February 2016

A great big “Thank YOU!” to Robert Kaufman Fabrics, who kindly sponsored this project sending the Kona Cotton Solids for the front and coordinating Jungle Party backing fabric.

Jungle Party by Edward Miller for Robert Kaufman and coordinating Kona Cotton Solids

Quiltmaker magazine January/February ’16 issue, includes my Family of Three baby quilt and can be found at your fave fabric shop or newsstand beginning today!!!!

If you are new around here, I’d like to say, “WELCOME!”
Take your time and have a look around.
It’s always a pleasure to make new friends!

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Would you like the chance to win a copy of
Quiltmaker’s January/February 2016?

Of course you would!

How do you enter the giveaway contest?

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There are three copies to give away.
Two from Quiltmaker magazine and one from me.
This Giveaway is open internationally.
Winners will be randomly chosen on December 7th and notified by email.
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Linking up to Finish it up Friday with

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

A special thank you to all who stopped by last Wednesday and offered their support and kind words of encouragement. You are so appreciated! I was feeling a little down… But you have lifted me waaaa-yyy up! And I honestly don’t what I’d do without friends like you! You are so important to me.

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133 Responses

  1. Janelle says:

    Super cute!!How big do you cut your binding strips? I do 2.5 inches but I don't think I'd be able to topstitch from the front & catch the back–I'm hand sewing the back. I like the look of your all machine binding a lot better than others I've seen!

  2. Debbie says:

    When I saw this giveaway on Bonnie Hunter's blog, he first thing I noticed was that giraffe! I love it! Fun to read more about it.

  3. Beth says:

    So, so cute. Especially nice for a family expecting their first baby–and I just happen to know and love one such family. Great timing!!

  4. Mary Preston says:

    A fantastic giveaway thank you & I love the quilt.

  5. Paula says:

    I love love love these giraffes! They are super cute! I know exactly who I'm making this quilt for!!Paula

  6. Marle says:

    This is the most wonderful babyquilt I´ve ever seen. So nice colours.

  7. Nancy says:

    Your quilt is adorable – and thanks for the chance to win the great giveaway!

  8. dago says:

    This is so adorable – love your giraffes! I need to try a matched binding some time, I really like the way it looks like! But how do you calculate how long each colour has to be????? Well, I think, matched bindings have to wait a little longer…

  9. KaHolly says:

    I saw that it was in the magazine and I was so happy for you. Giraffes are my all time favorite!

  10. Patti says:

    Lorna, you are on a roll! Beautiful quilt, as always!

  11. Dorothy says:

    So who's picture are they using for you in the magazine? It sure doesn't look like you !!! Also, I think you have some \”spam\” in you comments.

  12. Michele T says:

    Super adorable quilt!! I love the bright colours!!

  13. Susan L. says:

    What an adorable quilt! Congrats on being in Quiltmaker Magazine!

  14. Carol says:

    I love your designs–always so cute and do-able. 🙂 It is sew neat to see one in the 100 Blocks magazine and now in Quiltmaker! Congratulations! (One of my granddaughters absolutely loves giraffes–guess what Grandma is going to have to make for her??)

  15. Unknown says:

    This is so cute! Great job!

  16. Another adorable pattern. Great job! Thanks for a chance to win.

  17. That is us, a family of three. Congrats! And rafflecipter is under a different email for my Facebook account.

  18. Dana Gaffney says:

    Congratulations! Giraffe Love is one of my favorite patterns, I'll definitely being picking up a copy of the magazine, so cool 🙂

  19. Patty says:

    Congrats on the magazine publish! Always loved giraffes!

  20. Liz Horgan says:

    I love all your animal quilts! My niece loved the elephant parade I made for her son. I looking forward to the pattern for all of them together.Thanks for the giveaway and enjoy the holidays!

  21. Jen Barnard says:

    My cousin's little girl loves giraffes, so I see this quilt in my future.jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  22. Oh Lorna – this is sooooo cute. I know I HAVE to make this quilt – probably over and over. Thank you for this giveaway chance!

  23. Congrats Lorna and what a cute, cute pattern!!!

  24. NonnaD says:

    This is the PERFECT quilt for my grandson because of his love of \”Raffees\” !!!! He carries a small plastic type one around ever since he was quite small. It always warms my heart thinking on it, and when I saw this, all I could say was \”Perfect!\” Thank you for being so creative and generous!

  25. NonnaD says:

    This is the PERFECT quilt for my grandson because of his love of \”Raffees\” !!!! He carries a small plastic type one around ever since he was quite small. It always warms my heart thinking on it, and when I saw this, all I could say was \”Perfect!\” Thank you for being so creative and generous!

  26. Betsy says:

    Great quilt for a boy. Love the colors.

  27. rosaalaimo says:

    le giraffe sono un amore ,stupende ,ho giusto un bebè da accontentare e da tenere al caldo in questa splendida coperta ,non vedo l'ora di farla !!!!

  28. rrjane011749 says:

    This quilt is \”sew\” adorable!

  29. Karen says:

    I saw a preview of this quilt on Bonnie Hunter's blog and knew it was your design. Congratulations!!!

  30. perfect – I too saw it on Bonnie Hunter's blog and knew it was your design. Congrats on being in the magazine – great pattern.

  31. BrendaM says:

    I always smile when I see your blog show up in my email, knowing I am going to see one of your adorable quilts. This Giraffe family is awesome!

  32. Sewmom18 says:

    I love all your quilts. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Lori says:

    I already have this magazine – so skip me – but I wanted to say congratulations. you do such lovely work with the most adorable animal quilts.

  34. claire ross says:

    This is adorable. I love it!iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  35. Adorable! Perfect for my 6 month old son. We have giraffe everything for the little guy.

  36. Vicki in MN says:

    Couldn't get any better than some Giraffe love 😉 And winning the magazine would be icing on the cake!

  37. pajtr says:

    Congratulations on another *outstanding* design, Lorna!!Your creativity never ceases to amaze!!(I'm always excited to see a post from you in my email!… I know there's another delight waiting for me!!)*Thank you, Lorna!*… for all the inspiration/ideas/sharing of your artistry!!Blessings!!!Pat T.

  38. Lorna,Family of Three is adorable! Some of my favorite Kona Solids (Cactus, Cedar) in it too……..I'd make it and keep it for me!bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. Yeah for giraffes!! How darn adorable. I need to take a week's vacation to get making some of these animals.

  40. I LOVE THIS CUTIE QUILT!!GIMME GIMMELorna, you are so creative and snazzy

  41. I follow your blog by feedly? google? dunno, but it slides right into my emailI am so lucky to know you

  42. Quilt Junkie says:

    Sew adorable! My granddaughter would love this quilt as she is part of a \”family of three\”. 🙂 Can't wait to see your pattern in the magazine – congratulations!

  43. They are too cute and the layout adorable

  44. amy says:

    That giraffe is soooo cute! Your quilt is just lovely!

  45. Annmarie says:

    I LOVE giraffes! Your little family is adorable.

  46. Jayne says:

    Lorna…congratulations! This is the sweetest little baby quilt and how perfect for a new bundle of joy?! A-dor-able!

  47. Such a cute little family.

  48. Amy says:

    These giraffes are adorable, and I love the Kona cottons you selected.

  49. Bonnie says:

    What a cute quit.

  50. Amy says:

    These giraffes are adorable, and I love the Kona cottons you selected.

  51. Ramona says:

    I love your family of three. I really like all your quilts. They are so fun. Congrats on it being published!

  52. Heather says:

    I love your imaginative quilt designs and am wondering if you do visits to quilt guilds. I'm near Elmira, Ontario

  53. Unknown says:

    I so love your style and appreciate your creativity, I made your Dog Gone Cute Quilt and it was the most fun and went together so perfectly !

  54. mags says:

    I really enjoy following your creativity. I wish I knew more mom with little ones to make some of your quilts for.

  55. Another adorable pattern–so cute!

  56. Bec says:

    I love your giraffes! You design such such quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. Carol S. says:

    Congratulations and well deserved! I love those giraffes and they look so sweet as a baby quilt!

  58. Graciela says:

    love this quilt!!! thanks for the giveaway

  59. It's been wonderful following you this past year and seeing your blog grow. I see your designs all over now – congratulations!

  60. Your \”Family of Three\” quilt is adorable! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing. I'd love to make that quilt!

  61. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Super cute pattern!!! You are so talented and this shows in your patterns. I can't wait to see what you create next!! Karen Thurn

  62. The first line made me smile and brought with it memories of watching The Friendly Giant… though perhaps only Canadians would get it. Congratulations on your magazine publish. I love your giraffe baby quilt!

  63. Kathy says:

    love the giraffes – can't wait to get this magazine

  64. OhioLori says:

    Looove the Giraffe Family!!! Would make for our Granbaby!! Know he would love it too! Would back with same print!! lol Is so fun! Great job!! & thanks for chance to win the magazine! 🙂

  65. Ioleen says:

    This is so adorable. Congrats are being in the magazine.

  66. Cheryl says:

    Congrats on the publication, the quilt is adorable! I especially like that the baby quilt uses one width of fabric for the backing, I love not having to piece backs!

  67. Unknown says:

    WOW Love this! I'd love to make this for my soon to be neice/nephew.

  68. Netta says:

    Such a sweet picture! Thank you for sharing.

  69. How nice for you!!!!! I love your baby quilt…fingers and toes are crossed for a win!!!!!

  70. Congratulations on another wonderful published pattern, Lorna! You deserve this recognition and so much more! Yay you!

  71. Dolly says:

    That is a totally adorable baby quilt. The fabric that was furnished for the back couldn't be more perfect, but I must say that I think that your organically wavy-line quilting MAKES this quilt. Kudos on your publication in Quiltmaker….they've always been tops in baby quilt designs. You're in good company, I think !

  72. Gill says:

    Congratulations!This is so cute!

  73. Vera says:

    Great pattern Lorna! My girl was asking me to make it for her 🙂

  74. claire says:

    I love your patterns and can't wait to get my hands on those giraffes!

  75. Baukje says:

    I adore all of your sweet animal quilts, this giraffe has got to be my favourite.

  76. Anna brown says:

    ty for sharing it's pretty cute a lot of giraffe lovers out there,,,,,….

  77. Dody says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing!Dmac5958ataoldotcom

  78. Debbie says:

    Another super cute quilt. Great job. I just finished the raccoon and fox quilt, I'll have to make this one next. Thanks for sharing. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

  79. Supercute pattern! Thanks for the chance!

  80. Heide says:

    Super cute for a baby quilt! Congrats On the magazine too.

  81. Congratulations Lorna! It is really cute. Did you see that Bonnie Hunter really liked this pattern too? She mentioned it on her blog.

  82. Janarama says:

    You created yet another awesome animal pattern. The quilt is too stinking cute! Congratulations on being published in Quiltmaker Magazine.

  83. nogysbaby says:

    I love your creations. I've had a few new grand baby's they are so great for them.

  84. Jenn H. says:

    So many cute patterns. Love them

  85. Lisa J. says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this Lorna. I hope I win because I love this cute little quilt…but if I don't I guess I'll just have to buy a copy.

  86. Kathy E. says:

    I am not surprised a bit that you are featured in a magazine…everything you make is sensational! The giraffes are no exception. Who wouldn't love this? I hope to win so I can make one for my niece. duchick at gmail dot com

  87. Angie T says:

    This quilt is ADORABLE! Congrats for having it published!

  88. Linda says:

    I am so excited to see that you are \”published\”! I can't wait to make the Family of Three!

  89. shortseam says:

    The giraffe quilt is so cute!! I sure would love to win a copy!! Congrads that you are published.

  90. scottylover says:

    Love your little giraffe family! They are adorable!Sandy A

  91. Sweet quilt. love to win a copy of this magazine thanks for the chance.

  92. Absolutely adorable.. now that my first grandchild is due in April I have more project that time or [seriously?] fabric for.. but this is a must!!! oh please pick me Mr Random number picker!!

  93. Anna says:

    Always a pleasure to participate in your giveaways. Spectacular design! Cheers!

  94. GranChris says:

    This is totally adorable. I love it.

  95. Anita says:

    I love the Family of Tree, reminds me a little bit of the family of four I met walking to the but last morning. \”My\” family were not giraffes, but a family of deer, two big ones and two small ones. It is so great to live next to a big forest; deer and moose are frequent to be seen!

  96. Anne D says:

    Another gorgeous pattern. Love your giraffes.

  97. Béa says:

    I love your designs, again a cute pattern XXX

  98. LindaBee says:

    I just found you and love animal patterns. Love the giraffe family.

  99. Janice says:

    You're patterns are all so cute. They are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

  100. Joy says:

    I've been following you for sometime now and I'm so excited that you have been published. You have really created some wonderful patterns. Congratulations.

  101. Terry says:

    This is adorable – you are very talented

  102. Debbi says:

    The giraffe idea always works for nurseries but the family of gifaffes idea makes it fresh and over the top cute!

  103. Subee says:

    You are so creative! I love your giraffes!

  104. Renea says:

    Your giraffes are sew cute. Love it. thanks for the giveaway.

  105. Deb says:

    I love your blog (subscriber by email for a while now) and I'd want to win the book just for the reason that you're in it! I always enjoy seeing what next creative project you've come up with! Congratulations on being included in Quiltmakers magazine!!

  106. Lucy Daniel says:

    You are too creative and extremely inspiring! ❤️❤️❤️❤️💓 this giraffe family and see many lovely quilts to be made for charity. XO

  107. PegP says:

    Very sweet quilt Lorna.

  108. Oh that quilt is just too cute!! you are so creative and talented!!

  109. Well Lorna, you've done it again! This is just darling!

  110. Zenia Rene says:

    This is an adorable pattern. I love the giraffes! Congrats on the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win.

  111. How fun to get your pattern in Quiltmaker!

  112. Kathleen says:

    I just love this pattern. So adorable…

  113. Chiska says:

    Such a great quilt!

  114. Unknown says:

    So cute! Love this quilt!

  115. cjmont says:

    i love all of your animal quilts especially since they are not paper pieced.

  116. MoeWest says:

    Congratulations on being published in Quiltmaker! It's such a sweet baby quilt!

  117. lefuntz says:

    I love all of your animal quilts and while elephant parade is my favorite the giraffes are a close second.

  118. Dobieslady1 says:

    You always have the cutest quilts!!

  119. This is adorable. Love the giraffes. I know what I am doing for the next baby quilt needed!!debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

  120. Mara says:

    So cute Lorna, Congratulations!

  121. Chelra says:

    Congrats! You are amazing! I'd give anything to have all your animal patterns in one book. You are the greatest! Especially the Giraffe Love to make for my niece. I can imagine the smile on her face when she'd open such an amazing quilt. Thanks for the opportunity.

  122. EmileeHope says:

    All your animal quilts are so adorable! Thanks for a chance to win the mag with the pattern in it!!

  123. Unknown says:

    I love giraffes! Beautiful quilt!

  124. Love the giraffes and Congrats on the publishing!

  125. Kristin says:

    Love your quilt! I can only imagine how many babies will be getting a version of this in the next year!Xoxo

  126. Wendy says:

    congratulations on being published! The quilt is so cute, what a perfect baby quilt

  127. Linda says:

    I would love to make this quilt!!!! Your patterns are the best!!!!

  128. KathleenD says:

    I love your giraffe family! The quilt is precious!!! I definitely want a copy of your pattern. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.Merry Christmas to you & your family.

  129. Paige says:

    Adorable giraffe family. And I love your quilting too!

  130. Rebecca says:

    your quilt is darling and would love the magazine

  131. Karen Ackva says:

    You are one HOT centerfold! You go girlfriend!