Quilt Archive

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jollie Jiraffe Minkee Quilt

Hello Blog Friends,

Today I am sharing a cute little baby quilt with you, made from cottons in pastel pinks, blues and yellows, as well as with minkee fabric.  This quilt was actually purchased as a kit from Going to Pieces Quilt Shop in Appleton.  I purchased it in 2011 to make as a gift for a friend who was expecting a little girl.

It is simply made using rows of 5" squares.  Even the giraffe is made from squares.  A prairie point for an ear and minkee tubes for the giraffe's mane lend a 3-D quality to the quilt.  Her eyes and mouth are appliqued used black scraps.

This was my first time working with the Minkee fabrics.  Lessons I learned:
  • Minkee has a definite "nap".
  • Minkee has a tendency to curl, so needs to be securely pinned before sewing.
  • Careful pressing is a must when working with Minkee.  A steam iron on the bumps will make them disappear (guess how I learned this lesson?)
  • When joining Minkee to a woven fabric, sew with the Minkee on the bottom.

This quilt is 42" x 55".  Solid purple minkee was used for the back.  I kept the quilting to a minimum to preserve the soft and cuddly feel of the quilt.

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