Flower Garden Baby Quilt

A co-worker is expecting a baby. His wife loves flowers (the baby is to be named Zinnia) but doesn’t like the colors pink or purple. How to make something just right?

Well, first you find the right pattern. Check THIS out.

Yes, the blocks have a lot of pieces–53 each. And those pieces are little. But, the right thing is the right thing.

And an unexpected backing fabric from an old scrap that was too cute to be thrown away. See how the colors work?! Such good fortune.

And I love the outcome.

Another Quick Baby: Barn Swallow

A pile of scraps and THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL got me started.

In no time at all I had a quilt. It uses 36 blocks and finishes at 35″ square–a nice symmetry there.

I can see using this pattern again. It would work for many different applications.

For now it goes in the donation pile. YAY! No bored babies if they sleep under this quilt.

Dino Baby

I was in the mood for something easy and cheerful.

There was a bag of dinosaur print fabric that came from…somewhere. I get a lot of hand-me-downs. It didn’t take long to cut three 6-1/2″ squares, and several 4-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ squares. That used nearly every tiny bit. My bin of solids supplied the borders/sashing for the smaller squares (1-1/2″ and 2″ strips, respectively).

And, ta-dah, a baby quilt. Ready for donation. Such a cheerful finish giving purpose to those too-cute-to-throw-away scraps.

Baby, That’s A Lot Of Pieces

A teacher friend is expecting a baby in early January. After seeing pictures of the crib and sheets, I settled on blue, orange and grey.

The pattern was a dilemma, until I was thumbing through my pattern inspiration pile: PERFECT!

Well, perfect…if sized down, in different colors, and with a border.

It wasn’t until I started cutting that I realized the top would have around 300 pieces…Too late to turn back now!

But now it is complete. And she says it is perfect. YAY!

A Pumpkin Mini

Giant pumpkin contests are popular, but what I was looking for was a mini pumpkin.

I liked the look of THIS ONE, but wanted something smaller. So, I started with 2-1/2″ squares and ended up with a finished quilt 13″ square.

YAY! Mini pumpkins have their place, in this case, on a wall at the house of a friend.

Same But Different

The small panels came in a scrap bag. They weren’t exactly my style, but, at the same time, I couldn’t throw them away.

There were 10 of the panels…too many for a single baby quilt, but, maybe two?

By adding alternating blocks.

And sashing and borders.

Ta-dah! Two quilts–same, but different.

Second Chance Quilt: Loose Squares Now Going Somewhere (with Tutorial!)

I received a plastic bag mostly full of 2″ squares.

It felt more like a bag of scraps than a Second Chance possibility until I noticed that quite a number of the squares had been sewn together.

Some pairs, some 4-patches, some strips…Really quite a variety. And that is where the challenge came: Use EVERY seam that had already been stitched and create a quilt. Hmmm…

There were assorted pieces–quite a few 4-patches and then miscellaneous.

Solid rows of squares first.

Then add 4-patches (I had to make several more)

Then solid squares.

And a border.

A small, but serviceable baby quilt.

And I have more squares leftover for a future project. YAY!


33-1/2″ x 33-1/2″


244 2″ squares

3/4 yard background fabric

1-1/8 yard for backing


1/3 yard for binding (depending on if you use 2-1/4″ or 2-1/2″)


  1. Using the 2″ squares, create 16 4-patches (should be 3-1/2″ square).
  2. Using the 2″ squares, create 5 strips 2 squares x 18 squares.
  3. Cut 25 3-1/2″ squares from background fabric.
  4. Lay out according to (poor quality) picture above.
  5. From background cut two strips 3-1/2″ x 27-1/2″. Attach to top and bottom.
  6. From background cut two strips 3-1/2″ x 33-1/2″. Attach to the sides.

Yes, this is a small quilt, but it would be easy to enlarge it. Contact me with any questions. I’m happy to help. Enjoy!