Zoe Giraffe Growth Chart Buttons

Happy Birthday to my brother, Jim!  Happy almost Mother’s Day to all!  Now on to Zoe!

growth chart finishedWe recently almost finished the giraffe growth chart to record our littles height and date.  It was a fairly quick completion and a sorely needed one to encourage the return of my missing mojo.  The designer of the panel, Suzybee, named this giraffe Zoe and we had no desire to change it.  She looks like a Zoe, don’t you think?

Quilting on Zoe

Nothing special was done as far as quilting on Zoe the giraffe.  She was outlined using a light gray thread. A few swirly designs in the grassy areas seemed sufficient along with some clamshells to imitate clouds in the sky.  Sue requested that the area next to the tree remain un-quilted for ease of recording information.

Zoe Has Little Black Binding

Once the quilting was quickly completed we made some wide loops for hangers.  Those loops were attached along when the simple black binding was sewn on.  After that, hand stitching was enjoyed by me during an evening program on TV.

Zoe and Heart Buttons

An extensive search was conducted to find just the perfect buttons for Zoe.  Not too big but not too small in a wide variety of colors are a requirement.  We found flowers but those were too girly.  We found trucks and baseballs but they didn’t represent appropriately.  Then we found hearts in just the right size and in many different colors.  Could it be?  They might be perfect?  As soon as they arrived from Amazon because we couldn’t GO shopping in a store . . . Auntie Sue got busy sorting them.

Zoe buttons

Right atop of Zoe, she sorted them into little piles of colorful hearts.

  • orange = 13 **
  • red = 18
  • green = 16 **
  • light blue/aqua = 10
  • blue = 10
  • yellow = 13
  • tan = 15
  • dark pink = 10
  • purple = 7
  • gold = 18
  • white = 15
  • pink = 15 **

Dominic will have orange hearts to represent his love of the orange rings; Colt will have green hearts for the color used in his parent’s wedding; and finally, our sweet girl, Addison, will have pink hearts.  I sat right down and sewed on the first six heart-shaped buttons.

As noted earlier, Addison was the longest at birth.  Dominic had her by .25 inches at one year . . . the rest remains a mystery until they age.

Zoe the Growth Chart Hanging

We managed to hang our growth chart all by ourselves and we put it in the sewing room.  The next time there is to be a measuring event, we’ll make a production of it.  We made our own event although it was a bit like herding cats.  Once we offered the littles a ‘treat’ that helped a whole lot!  Our sweet boy knows that you have to hold your hand to mark the spot.  ♥ ♥


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17 Responses

  1. chrisknits says:

    How adorable is that helper!! He even helps measure himself. LOL. The hearts are perfect!

  2. Judy Blauer says:

    Zoe is so cute! I never thought to use growth chart for all the littles to keep at my house! That would have been fun!

  3. Adorable!!! I really really like the idea of buttons to make how tall they are – what a sweet memory to keep who was what when – ( say that 3 times fast!!)

  4. Rochelle Summers says:

    What a great idea! And those littles (soon to be biggies) have a real visual of how much they have grown! I like all the buttons laid out on the hanging. They are so colorful.

  5. quiltinggail says:

    Hi Roseanne,
    When I first looked at the quilting, I thought “It looks great, but she missed the area between Zoe and the tree! I laughed when I read that leaving it unquilted was Sue’s idea … and it’s a brilliant idea! It would be difficult to put in the writing with the quilting there!
    The heart buttons … oh my … the heart buttons … SEW cute!!!!
    It’ll be fun to have your measuring ceremonies!
    Happy Measuring! 🙂

  6. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, Your Giraffe Growth Chart turned out so wonderfully and the heart buttons are the perfect markers! It will be fun to see pictures as the kiddos grow through the years! Spring has finally sprung here and I do believe I am going to go and pull weeds in my flower beds all day today. Alright, as long as my hips can handle the pain. LOL. Thankfully, we have a good friend who comes and helps us whenever he can. I hope that you and Sue have a fantastic day!

  7. This is so sweet. I love it!

  8. The buttons are perfect and so glad the mojo is returning. I had that … I think its a symptom of the virus! No, seriously, we are all missing the joys of what is normal – being in touch with others. That’’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  9. Kate Swallows says:

    The buttons are perfect! Such a fun project to get the mojo going again.

  10. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Your Giraffe is too cute. The button addition is perfect. I love it!

  11. Your choice in buttons is the perfect finishing touch!

  12. Dawn says:

    The perfect buttons to mark the kiddos heights! So fun!

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    Smart idea not to quilt where you will be writing info down. What a cute photo with D standing there with hand on top of head!

  14. so cute –what a great keepsake to show them once they are all grown up!

  15. karenfae says:

    so cute! I used to mark on a door jam which we no longer have

  16. Laura says:

    I love it! This will be a wonderful keepsake! I wish I had thought to do this! We kept track, but this is a much better way to do it than what we did. 🙂

  17. What a sweet project to boost your quilting mojo! Love the idea of the hearts in different colors for each kiddo. Although I was quilting when my two were little, I never thought to make a growth chart quilt (duh). We marked it on a door jam, which we still have. Both my two are taller than me now, of course. I’m the shorty in the family.

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