A Quilt for Baby Joseph

After a LONG blogging absence, I’m back with my most recent project.  My good friends recently had a baby (right after they moved to Alaska!), and they’re coming back to visit family in February.  I’m helping to throw a shower/meet the baby open house, and this is what I’ve made for the gift:

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This is a very simple pattern made of 5” squares—I used this pillow by Crazy Mom Quilts as inspiration.  I think it makes such a beautiful pillow cover (I’ve remade it several times to give as children’s birthday gifts), and I thought it would translate well into a baby quilt, too.  I do like how it turned out, so I’ll probably remake this at some point in the future as well.

If a baby is already born or named, I always like to personalize the quilt somehow—it just seems like it makes it more special.  So, I printed off his name, traced it onto fabric with a water-soluble pen, and free-hand embroidered it.  I love how this font is modern and boyish looking since it’s so clean and simple.


The fabrics are from the Max & Whiskers line by Basic Gray for Moda.  I bought them on clearance sometime last year without a real plan—I just thought they were cute!  I think they suit the mother’s personality well, and they looked boyish to me while still being unique and not something you’d usually see in a baby quilt.   When I bought them, I didn’t even realize they were part of a children’s line with dogs and cats—I don’t actually have any of that feature fabric in this quilt, but perhaps that’s why these prints looked childish to me in the first place.

To add a little interest, I threw in some teal Echo and a cute orange X print by Denyse Schmidt that I picked up from Joann’s on the red tag rack.  Honestly—I do love my friend—it just happened to work out that most of this fabric was on sale!IMG_8203


I quilted this with simple straight lines to make it nice and soft and bound the quilt in the same orange print since it was the best contrast with the rest of the fabrics.  I’m totally in love with this quilt—I just hope the parents and baby love this one as much as I do!


  1. Love, Love this quilt. The fabrics are great too! Definitely my color scheme favs.

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