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.

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75 Comments

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    Karen

    September 24, 2012

    So wonderful Faith!

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    Jeni

    September 24, 2012

    Love this quilt so much Faith! She looks so happy πŸ™‚

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    randi

    September 24, 2012

    Very pretty, Faith! Love those colors!

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    Lindsey R

    September 24, 2012

    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

    September 24, 2012

    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. πŸ˜‰

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    Lauren

    September 24, 2012

    It’s wonderful! I love how the parade looks when folded down (awesome)!

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    svetlana

    September 24, 2012

    oh, this is such a pretty quilt, Faith. And your little girl is so sweet and adorable!

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    duff

    September 24, 2012

    yes! Way to pass down the love, Faith! i love the way the colors are vibrant yet not overwhelming–an amazing mix!

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    Anita

    September 24, 2012

    Oh my gosh I just love this quilt. The fabrics really compliment each other. Great job.

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    Donna

    September 24, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love the back too! I can see how it is loved!

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    September 24, 2012

    This is so perfect! I have this line stashed away for my daughter, as well, who is waiting for her Momma-made quilt. πŸ˜‰

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    Polly @ Helping Little Hands

    September 24, 2012

    Love it! My kids didn’t have quilts made by me either until I made them each one for last Christmas.

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    Sarah

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Angie

    September 24, 2012

    This quilt is absolutely GORgeous!! I love the simplicity of it AND the colors—I want one just like it for MY bed. πŸ˜€

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    Judith

    September 24, 2012

    This really is a beautiful quilt, so fresh and light and I am convinced you lovely daughther will hold this one dear for years to com.

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    cynthia

    September 24, 2012

    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 πŸ™‚

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    Susan E.

    September 24, 2012

    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! πŸ™‚

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    Angela Garrett

    September 24, 2012

    That is gorgeous, and isn’t it wonderful to make memories and heirlooms for our little girls futures- you brought a lump to my throat! Ange

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    Gertie Pye

    September 24, 2012

    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

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Jules

    September 24, 2012

    Stunning quilt, love the colours and pattern, so fresh looking, I love it especially the parade across the top πŸ™‚

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    pam roach

    September 24, 2012

    This quilt is YUMMY!!!!! WHAT a gift!! Thank you for sharing!!

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    Linda R.

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Laura

    September 24, 2012

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful quilt! I love the “parade” when it is folded down, what a great idea.

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

    September 24, 2012

    It’s darling Faith! I can see why she loves it so. I think the fold down part with the parade panel is genius. I love that!

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    debbie

    September 24, 2012

    This is a perfect quilt for a little girl. Just gorgeous and fun.

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    Kerri

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Melissa

    September 24, 2012

    You are the best mom! Avery is one lucky girl!

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    Kara

    September 24, 2012

    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! πŸ™‚

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    QuiddiyRox

    September 24, 2012

    I, too, love the back. It is your attention to details that I love as well as the solid whites.

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    holly | bijou lovely

    September 24, 2012

    I absolutely love how this turned out Faith! She looks thrilled to have it on her bed πŸ™‚

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    Rachel

    September 24, 2012

    That is BEAUTIFUL! Like, make-me-gasp beautiful! I love the fold down part with the parade. Just amazing! πŸ™‚

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    Alisa

    September 24, 2012

    It is beautiful! I love how you incorporated the panel – it looks so good folded back like that! I think it’ll stay with her forever.

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    diane stanley

    September 24, 2012

    what girl wouldn’t want this quilt on her bed? It is just beautiful, Faith!

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    Angela Baker

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Bea @ CancunCOOKIE

    September 24, 2012

    I love the quilt and the parade that shows when folded down… Your little girl is beautiful…

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    September 24, 2012

    What a beautiful quilt, Faith! It looks perfect in her room πŸ™‚

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    Karen H

    September 24, 2012

    It’s a lovely quilt. I’m sure she will cherish it even when she is older.

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    Suzanne

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    September 24, 2012

    What an adorable room! It looks perfect. Love the wall decor too.

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    Georgia

    September 24, 2012

    It’s so pretty! Lucky girl!

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    sara

    September 24, 2012

    I think your daughter will keep it close to her always as it is a truly carefree, girly girl treasure:)

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    Alyssa Lichner

    September 24, 2012

    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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    Debbie

    September 25, 2012

    oh this is super sweet! Love the use of the parade print – a really special touch.

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    ChristaQuilts

    September 25, 2012

    So stinkin’ cute! Love the turndown on the back, too! Don’t worry – she will still love it when she gets older. My almost 16 year old still has his toddler quilts πŸ™‚

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    Susan Jonsson

    September 25, 2012

    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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    Gemma

    September 25, 2012

    What a gorgeous quilt! Any little girl would love it, it’s perfect!

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    Kimi

    September 25, 2012

    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

    September 25, 2012

    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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    Lisa

    September 25, 2012

    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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    Donna

    September 25, 2012

    Your daughter is beautiful! Inspired use of the parade print. Love how sunshiny this quilt is and it’s perfect in her room.

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    Kristine

    September 26, 2012

    It’s beautiful. Perfect for a little girl.

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    Carla

    September 26, 2012

    It’s very very pretty and she looks so pleased ; )

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    Rebecca Grace

    September 26, 2012

    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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    Arlene

    September 26, 2012

    Just fabulous. And the back is the icing on the cake!! Be proud.

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    Jeanette

    September 26, 2012

    I love her quilt, those huge blocks rock and the colors are fantastic. A great quilt for her to grow with-she looks very pleased with it too!

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    Amy @ MahliMoo

    September 27, 2012

    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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    traceyjay

    September 27, 2012

    SO SO pretty! ♥
    good work mama.

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    liveacolorfullife

    September 29, 2012

    The children on parade on the back is such a special touch. i LOVE this quilt, Faith!

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    TessaMarie

    September 29, 2012

    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 πŸ™‚

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    Valerie

    October 7, 2012

    Wow! This makes me wish for a girl. I love the fresh colors and the panel to fold over…darling!!!

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    Allysgrandma

    October 15, 2012

    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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    kristin

    October 19, 2012

    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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    Skooks

    October 20, 2012

    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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    Tina

    October 31, 2012

    The quilt is lovely.
    And I am sure it will always have a place in her heart.

    Congratulations,
    Tina

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    Martha

    March 14, 2013

    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

    June 15, 2013

    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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      Faith

      June 15, 2013

      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

    November 3, 2013

    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

    February 17, 2014

    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

    April 22, 2014

    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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    Terry Blessington

    June 29, 2015

    Gabrielle, this is beautiful. I am making my granddaughter a ‘very hungry caterpillar quilt’ and ‘borrowed’ your idea – the back folds down to show a panel of the caterpillar and the sun. Thanks so much!

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    Leanne

    June 11, 2016

    This quilt is stunning. Glad I came across your blog. Would you mind if I pinned it?

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      Faith

      June 13, 2016

      Go ahead!

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