Tuesday, December 9, 2008

James' Baby Quilt

These blocks were made for the first quilt class I ever taught. Each block demonstrates a different hand sewing technique: piecing, curved piecing, set-in seams and appliqué. The blocks also illustrate particular quilting techniques: outline quilting, stitching in the ditch, cross hatching, hanging diamonds, echo quilting, stippling and all over designs like spider web and baptist fan.

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I figured if I made each demonstration block from coordinating fabric, by the end of class, I'd have enough blocks for a functional quilt, rather than just a pile of samples. Obviously, I chose fabrics with a baby in mind, covering both bases by including pink and blue.

When James was born, we hung the quilt on the wall above his crib. I continued to use it as a class sample, for years. It really was a good way to illustrate a variety of sewing techniques.

This picture? Just because.


  1. I remember making quilts like this too! I also remember my kids looking just like that and on occasion still looking like that...LOL!

  2. Wow! What a quilt. Enjoyed reading about your teaching experience. Diane, your work is always, always eye-candy. I sit, stare and study.

    Photo of James with your comment was good for a smile!

    A Feel Good Post of Love, *karendianne.

  3. The quilt may seem dated, but it sure demonstrates a great way to learn multiple techniques in one project - we should learn from your example *s*

  4. quilts for babies are super cute :) that baby is cute also hihi!

  5. I think that I saw that face this morning....what a great picture!