Completed: A quilt for Ivy


During my blogging hiatus I made several baby quilts because I wasn’t the only one in our circle of family and friends to have a little one. The last one that was completed is the first to make an appearance here. Mostly because I didn’t have to search where the pictures ended up…

This quilt made me happy when I was working on it and that is mostly due to the fabric. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw it up on my design wall. The majority is Kate Spain’s Sunnyside collection for Moda. I used this fabric collection once before for a baby quilt, but this time I used all prints in the collection and added another 4 fabrics from my stash (can you identify which ones?).


Front, quilted, not yet bound.

For the front I cut three 4.5’’ squares from each fabric and simply started throwing them onto my design wall until I had a 10×10 square that contained each fabric at least twice. Then some rearranging ensued to make sure there wasn’t too much dark blue in one corner etc. Essentially, I tried to make the rearrangement appear random by effectively making it less random.


Back, quilted, not yet bound.

For the back I started with some improvisational piecing to get the name of the recipient into the green fabric. A strip of left over squares from the front ties the designs of front and back together. I didn’t have enough of the green fabric left to use for the entire back and found a greyish print in my stash to fill the gaps at the top and bottom.

Batting is Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool which is my go to batting at the moment. The quilting is a simple straight line walking foot design using a pale grey Gütermann Sulky thread.

The binding is a grey fabric from Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park collection for Robert Kaufman. I bought several yards of it a couple of years ago and have used it for backs and bindings of several quilts. I could just squeeze the binding of this quilt out of the last bit I had left.

April 7, 2018

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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  1. katechiconi

    I love it! The quilt is so sunny and happy, it’s perfect for a baby quilt 🙂

    • Emmely

      Thank you! I really love how it turned out. I still have a bit of the fabric left so maybe I should use it to make something for myself…

  2. knitnkwilt

    A delightful and bright baby quilt–and I love the back. Yep, that is the way I do “random” too. LOL.

    • Emmely

      Thank you! A true random distribution is somehow less pleasing to the eye.

  3. Joy

    Beautiful! I need to make it to my fabric store. I’m about to start one for the next little in our family too. So nice to see someone else’s creativity too. Post the others 😉

    • Emmely

      Thank you! I’m showing another one this weekend and I’m trying to locate pictures for at least 3 more…

  4. magpiesue

    My scrappy “random” quilts are most often quite carefully planned in the way you’ve described. I find it satisfying to create order out of chaos like this. Pretty nifty that you’ve been able to include the baby’s name on the back. 🙂

    • Emmely

      Random, being not so random. 😉 I’ve lately been pondering about creating a quilt that is 100% random. Still not entirely sure how, but don’t be surprised if it shows up within a couple of months.


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