A Quilt for Her Bed

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This is a quilt I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I wasn’t sure what the design would end up being, what fabric I would use…but I knew I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl’s bed. I feel a tad bit guilty that although I’m a quilter, the quilts on my kid’s beds are store bought. Well now at least one is handmade by mommy.

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I started this quilt earlier this summer and planned to make a couple blocks a week. I sized each block at 17.5″ x 17.5″ unfinished so I would only need to make 20 for a twin sized quilt. My block progress stalled for awhile but when I went up to Holly’s for the weekend in July I finished them up.

Sarah Jane Children at Play - Twin for Avery's bed

Of course it took me a bit longer to make the back, baste and quilt. But I’m really happy with the results! The quilt is centered around Sarah Jane Studios’ Children at Play fabric line (one of my all time favorites).

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I incorporated a lot of blenders from my stash. There’s really a little bit of everything in here – Patty Young’s Lush Running Stitch, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy circles, some Art Gallery Oval Elements, dots from Heather Ross Lightening Bugs, some of the new stripes from Cloud 9’s Simpatico, some of the yellow Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson, a yellow print from Maude Asbury’s Kitchy Kitchen…plus some of the Children at Play blenders.

Children at Play

I didn’t follow a pattern for the blocks. I just started cutting the center squares and then pulled fabric and worked my way out from the center using different widths for each ring until I reached my goal size. I tried to follow a few rules for my blocks, such as each uses either 3 or 4 fabrics, no more, no less.

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One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the back. I decided to incorporate the Parade print from Children at Play. I wanted the print to show across the quilt when it was folded down on her bed.

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My poor husband, this quilt was SO big to hold up!

That meant the print needed to be upside down on the back. I added a bit of patchwork above and below. The solid pink is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Blossom – SO wonderful.

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I wanted this quilt to be nice and soft so I quilted it in a grid with horizontal and vertical lines, about 2″ apart.

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I love how the quilt compliments her room. She clearly loves it as well!

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I know there will be a time in the future (probably way too soon!) where she outgrows this quilt and doesn’t want it on her bed anymore. But I’m hoping it will always hold a special place in her heart and she will maybe even let her own little girls cuddle under it one day.

Comments

  1. 4

    says

    What a beautiful beautiful quilt! I absolutely love the parade print as a turn down accent. The colors are gorgeous and it matches her room so well. Most definitely a quilt she will treasure!

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    CJ says

    Lovely! I finished piecing a top for my oldest daughter’s bed last night. Now on to quilting…it’s queen sized so I’m in for a treat. ;-)

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    says

    Ahh, I’m going to be careful with my words here, because I mean this as a super duper complement: your handmade quilt is so professional, it looks storebought! But way better though! Better design, I’m sure better craftmanship too. I bet the whole family’s going to want quilts now.

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    says

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I have a lot of Sarah Jane fabric that I am saving for the perfect project. You have really made the best of all her cute little children playing :)

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    Susan E. says

    Aww, that is just beautiful (the picture of the quilt and its recipient)! I wish I had your talent to do something neat for my girls. I can say, though, that Em’s bed has a quilt that was made by a lady in KY who was a member of David’s congregation many years ago. It needs a few repairs, though. So 1 out of 2 ain’t too bad! :-)

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    says

    This is so lovely Faith! I especially like the fussy cut parade at the top. I am currently making my daughter’s first quilt – like you, I have made loads of quilts for other people and their babies but not my own! It is nearly finished so then I will just have to make sure I make time to make another for daughter #2.

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    Terry says

    What a special quilt and kudo’s to Mom — had to make my girls’ quilts when they were older and they enjoy them just as much — great work !}

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    Linda R. says

    You did a beautiful job! I love the children’s parade when folded over. You should be very proud of yourself! Your daughter will cherish it, I’m sure!

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    Kerri says

    Beautiful, just beautiful!! I’m new to sewing & quilting, hopefully one day my girls will have a quilt that they can treasure too!

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    Kara says

    What a beautiful quilt and touching post. I was surprised to read this was the first quilt for her bed. I know you’ve made her at least one before (the one “without” corners), but that/those must have been throws? I also love how much Hayden loves his quilt and even the baby blanket I made for him (one of the first things I ever made) that he still sleeps with. I am already casually looking for inspiration for when Layla gets her big girl bed. I keep meaning to tell you that she still loves her “princess blanket” that you made and sleeps with it every night. I always like to know when my quilts are still being used, considering the effort that goes into them! :)

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    Angela Baker says

    Faith, you have an incredible eye for simple design and fabric choice. I can’t think of anything you’ve posted that did not inspire me and elicit a grin. Your only problem is you couldn’t possibly have enough time to review all the compliments people give! Keep sharing. We love it.

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    says

    That is absolutely the best idea I’ve ever come across for using a border print! Must file this into the memory banks for future use! I love her quilt, it looks like it suits her just as much as it suits her room.

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    Alyssa Lichner says

    This is wonderful! I would really like to make a quilt for my daughter as well. I love how you planned for the fold very well done!

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    Susan Jonsson says

    Got a litte teary eyed over this sweet post. I love the quilt and all the feeling you put into it for your daughter. I am the mom of 2 adult sons. I hope I get the opportunity to make a pretty quilt for a grand daughter some day. Thanks for sharing….

    Susan

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    says

    Your girl’s quilt is so very cute! I agree, Children at Play is a perfect line for it, and I love that you incorporated some Kitschy Kitchen. That fold-down panel really puts it over the top!

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    Staci says

    I love this! I am working on a quilt right now for my daughter also incorporating the Children at Play line. Yours looks amazing!! I bet she will always cherish it.

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    says

    I don’t know what is cuter, that quilt or your little girlie! I love those fabrics. The way it looks when you turn it down is fabulous. I wish it was on my bed!

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    says

    YAY! I love it, Faith, especially how you used the Parade print on the backing so it shows up when you turn down the covers on the bed. The only bed-sized quilts I have made are the ones on my kids’ beds, and they are very special to us because they hold the memories of making the quilt as well as years of cuddling up for bed time stories, etc. Your daughter is going to love this quilt, and you’ll be so glad you finally got around to making it for her!

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    says

    This is gorgeous. I can see why she is so pleased with it.

    I have just started making a single (twin) bed quilt for my daughter. Only my eldest has a mama made quilt on his bed and I am trying to rectify that so all the kids have a mama made quilt to call their own.

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    says

    I hope you don’t mind one more comment on this quilt, but it is the sweetest I have ever seen! And since you made it for your daughter, the love in the stitches makes it even better. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration :)

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    says

    Like another poster said, the best use of a border print I have seen. It turned out really, really cute! I have a 4 year old granddaughter and I am pinning this one!

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    says

    I follow Sarah Jane’s blog and your quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE the way you did The Parade on the flip down side. I have never seen a quilt lay more beautiful on a bed!! Great work!! And isn’t it a treat to be noticed by Sarah???That quilt is a keeper–no worries!

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    says

    How could she not? It is precious. I, too, have a bit of mommy guilt over not handmaking the kids’ spreads . . . hope to rectify that within the next year for at least my oldest daughter, and then work my way down the line til I get to the baby. We’ll see how that goes. Have to settle on fabrics first.

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    Martha says

    My granddaughter and I love the Children at Play Quilt. I want to make this same quilt for my great grandaughter. You made your blocks 17.5 X 17.5. Would you please tell me how much fabric you purchased of each color for the quilt? Thank you very much.

    MarthaS@neo.rr.com

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    Leana says

    Hi there It’s a lovely quilt you make! I want to make this blocks. I”m a beginner quilter and want to know if you can tell me the different sizes you”ve cut for the middle squares and all the different widths for the strips. Thank you very much for your sharing and inspiration!

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      says

      Hi Leana,

      Thanks! I actually just “winged it” on this quilt. Start with your center squares around 3″ – 5″ and then just work your way out from there, using various sizes for the borders, until you reach the desired size block. It’s really easy and carefree once you get going!

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    Donna says

    Very inventive without being fussy. I like a bed with the spread folded down and love the way you set up the print. Thanks for sharing & blogging!!

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    Lynne Tilley says

    Wow! It’s just a fantastic, beautiful quilt, but that whole “back” thing where it folds down, GENIUS! Love it!

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    Gabrielle Mays says

    First let me say this is absolutely beautiful. My daughter just seen it and said she HAD TO HAVE IT!! I just have a question or two: What size did your finished block come up to? How much backing fabric did your use? I just ordered this line from fabric.com because I had to have it but now it’s just sitting there looking pretty.

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