Monday, October 22, 2018

A Baby Quilt For Harper

Last June we received the news we'd been waiting to hear for almost 2 years - we were finally pregnant! We each have our own story, but like so many others our journey to parenthood didn't come easily. It included months of trying naturally, a false positive/early miscarriage (to this day, we aren't really sure what happened), fertility specialists, testings, and a planned surgery. So we just stopped trying and a month or two later we were expecting - a complete surprise! Naturally I did what any quilter would do and started sewing a baby quilt. In fact, if I remember right, I started sewing before we had even told our parents & family. My plan was simple - stick to gender neutral colors and a clean, scrappy design.

I started pulling gray & aqua scraps and paired it with white & off-white solids - spray starching the fabric as I pressed. Let's be honest, is there really anything better than crisp, freshly starched fabric? For years I've used Mary Ellen's Best Press but just recently started using this kind of spray starch and I absolutely love it - the price point is great, too! From there I started cutting the scraps into different widths keeping the sizes random while still utilizing the most out of each piece.

I started randomly sewing the fabrics together and used my 6x24" quilting ruler to cut the rows into uniform widths. The project went together rather quickly and before I knew it I had enough scrap units for a baby quilt. For the backing fabric I pulled one of my favorite Bonnie & Camille prints - the aqua scallops.

Keeping with the simple, crisp design I opted for a simple Loop design for the longarm quilting. I actually finished quilting this project the week before we had Harper - perfect timing! Normally I prefer a bold binding fabric - like the black & white strip I use so often - but bold wasn't right with this quilt. This low volume, aqua dot came from my stash and was just perfect. If you are interested in how I do my Double Fold Binding check out this tutorial - it's been viewed over 150,000 times making it one of our most popular tutorials.

Harper turned 8 months on Saturday and it's been so much fun using this quilt as she's grown. This quilt is the first of many she'll have and it's already a part of so many memories.


  1. She's precious and so is her quilt!

  2. Welcome, Harper, to the warm and cozy world your Mommy and Daddy have made for you! Especially when you are all wrapped up in one of your Mommy's beautiful quilts. BTW--you are too adorable for words :)

  3. How wonderful! Congratulations!

  4. Adorable quilt and baby. Congratulations on having Harper.