Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday--Baby L's Row Quilt

This is a new post in a series about quilts I completed before I started blogging. It is my effort to document past quilts with pictures and as many details as I can remember (often not many) about how I constructed them. I'll be posting these indefinitely on Throwback Thursday. 

Today's quilt is the baby quilt I made for my granddaughter L before she was born just about three years ago. I made it with the fabrics that my daughter used to decorate the nursery. Most of them are City Weekend by Oliver + S by Moda. The yellow/white is Garden Trellis by Michael Miller. It was used for the crib skirt and curtains, and the other fabrics were on pennants, alphabet wall hangings and chair cushions. The whites are a variety of white on white prints. 

I needed to make the quilt gender neutral because we didn't  know whether the baby was a he or a she until she was born. I decided on a row quilt and have lots of drawings of blocks I considered. I also looked on the internet for ideas. I looked recently to see if any of the quilts that inspired me were still in images, but didn't see anything familiar.

Yup, it's a quilt with legs picture. And crooked, too. It's the best I have.

For the back, I sewed some squares in squares. I didn't worry about whether they'd all show --I just made sure they were straight. 

The squares on the front are 6 inches and 3 inches. I'm not sure how wide the sashing strips are--probably somewhere around an inch. Based on these, I'm guessing the quilt was about 42 by 50 before washing, so the big squares on the back were probably 12 inches. (I'll have to measure it sometime when I'm with my granddaughter.) 

I don't remember what batting I used--probably Cream Rose cotton by Mountain Mist, because I was using a lot of that at the time. (But it could have been Warm and White.) I hand quilted it with cotton thread called Suisse Quilting by American Thread Company. I bought it by the boxful years ago. I still have a little bit left and am saving it for special quilting because I love it and the company is no longer in existence. 

For the first year of her life, L had her picture taken on either the front or the back of the quilt each Friday, and then every few weeks for the following year. Now that she's moving to a Big Girl Bed, I've made a new quilt for her with the leftover fabrics from the nursery, but I'm sure she'll still be using this one for play and maybe a little extra warmth on a cold night. 

I'm linking up today with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.


  1. I love it! Row quilts are always so interesting to me anyway, but this one is adorable. I'm sure your granddaughter loves it.

  2. Love this row quilt Janine Marie! The back of it is pretty awesome too!

  3. This looks fantastic! Great backing too

  4. What a lovely quilt - I can't decide if the front or the back is better! Good job documenting your older quilts.

  5. what a pretty quilt! It is so cheerful. I'm sure that even as she moves to a big girl bed, this quilt will be one that she can drag around and cuddle with all the time (at least, that's what my son still does with his small quilts, and he's 10!).

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation