A Baby Quilt for Susan

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My cousin Susan is having a baby! And today I’m super thrilled to share with you the baby quilt I made for her baby girl (coming this spring).

Fanfare Baby Quilt

I also had enough leftover fabric to make a fun little Dresden plate pillow for decoration.

fanfare dresden pillow

This quilt really started with the fabric.  I fell in love with Rae Hoekstra’s line Fanfare for Cloud 9 Fabrics and knew I had to use it for the quilt.  The prints are whimsical in their simplicity and the organic cotton flannel feels like butter.

fanfare fabric

fanfare quilt closeup

Then to add a little more contrast and for backing, I added the Grey Alphabet Print from the Robert Kaufman Cozy Cottons line.

fanfare quilt closeup

I used a free pattern from Valori Wells called Simple Strips, for the quilt.  If you’d like to make one too, the pattern, along with many others, is available from the Free Spirit website. The pattern says the quilt is 40×52″, but following the pattern I only came up with 38″ across, so you’ll want to add a couple inches to the short blocks, if you really need those extra 2 inches.

I machine quilted this quilt, with a zig-zag stitch along the strips that extended the width of the quilt, and finished the project with a scrappy binding.



  1. Natasha @ Houseful Of Nicholes on January 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    And now I want to make a scrappy quilt. Too many options. And with flannel at that! I’m guessing, I could knock out two crib sized quilt tops in a two week span. Once again, what am I saying? QUILTING!

    • Andrea on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

      It’s not too bad to do the quilting for a crib/lap quilt directly on your home machine. The worst part about it, is making sure that you get everything happy and smooth when basting.

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