Thursday, June 20, 2013


In my last post, I mentioned a quilt I had started piecing and quilting by hand.  The construction of this quilt began at the beginning of December 2012 and finished towards the end of March 2013.  It was truly a labor of love, but I'm so proud of the results.

This quilt started with the knowledge that Zach and Alysa, the mom-to-be (again), was expecting their second child, a little girl, in May.  I wanted to make her a baby quilt, but any old baby quilt just wouldn't do.  Alysa has a great sense of style and decorating sense and is a master at DIY projects.  I wanted to create something that reflect who she is as well as something that would coordinate with her nursery.  Since I was doing this quilt completely by hand, I started this quilt shortly after she revealed the gender and took a few risks with the fabric selections since I didn't know exactly what she was going to do in her nursery yet.  Here's the fabric collection I picked.

Now, I had the fabric and I needed to figure out the design.  I found a print on Pinterest that has always caught my attention whenever I've seen it posted and the thought occurred to me that I could recreate it as a quilt.  It is a fun, modern design and would work well with the fabric selection.  Here's the print:

For the quilt, I created a template out of card stock and started cutting petals out of each fabric.  I basted the quilt by laying out the backing, batting and the background fabric for the front.  I placed the petals and pinned them to the layers of fabric.  Once everything was in place and the entire quilt was basted, I used a quilting hoop to start hand-appliqueing each petal down and then quilting the petal down to secure the layers of fabric together with a pale pink thread.  I continued this process until I had every petal secure.  Once that was done, I changed to a pale aqua thread to quilt between the petals into the negative space to finish out the quilting design.  I usually try and put the baby's initial on the quilt as just an added touch, but I wanted to try something different with this quilt.  Instead of hand-appliqueing the initial down using one of the fabrics in the quilt, I put the initial into the quilting of the quilt.  Here's the finished product.

 What's even better than taking photos of my quilts myself?   It's having a professional do it!  Cindy Isom, a very talented photographer in the Memphis area, took family and newborn pictures of Zach, Alysa and daughters.  They were very kind and included this quilt as a prop and the pictures are so wonderful.  Here's just a taste from the photo session.


  1. That is an amazing quilt! You thought it out precisely and it came out beautifully!

  2. Sew sweet! Wow, you sure put a lot of thought and effort into this special quilt for a special baby!


  3. i am having another baby just so you can make me one of those!!! it's gorgeous from the fabric selection to the amazing pattern you picked (good eye!), to the personalized quilting. i think i'll adopt your initial idea to add to my daughter's quilt i'm about to work on.

  4. I've seen the same image floating around on Pinterest as well and always thought it would make a nice quilt, and it does! This is just gorgeous, love the quilting! And wow, how cute is that little girl!

  5. beautiful quilt, Janet. I love the sweet baby photos with it. Thanks for linking to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  6. This is so very pretty! And the baby is ADORABLE!!

  7. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the design!

  8. This is just gorgeous. Love the fabric and love your design! And baby girl is to die for!! Just stunning, thank you for sharing.

  9. Best baby/quilt pictures ever!
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  10. A quilt to treasure forever. Fabulous work!

  11. May I ask why you chose to do the applique work after basting instead of completing the top before basting and then hand quilting?

  12. I love this quilt..So inspired. Feel like making one. Putting it on my list to do!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Amira @


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