Friday, June 6, 2014

piper - a quilt for my daughter

I make a lot of quilts. Many, most actually, end up being gifts for someone outside my immediate family. Last year, I realized that my daughter didn't have a regular-sized quilt... she's been tagging around the tiny, faded quilt I made for her when I was pregnant.

A Walk in the Woods, by Aneela Hoey seemed like the perfect fabric for her. It's pretty, and feminine and whimsical. At a local craft fair, I scooped up a jelly roll and charm pack, and was hoping this was enough to make a creative quilt top.

The pattern I selected is called "Four Squared", by Aunt Polly, and can be found in the Moda Bake Shop.
The original pattern makes a mid-size quilt, a couple pillows and a bed runner. I found the directions could have used a bit more clarity in describing how much to cut for each element. Otherwise, it was straight-forward.

I've altered the pattern layout to use up all the blocks you could possibly make, less four and make it a large quilt. I used 8 blocks across by 10 blocks down. The last four are going to be used for a throw pillow. (She is a huge fan of throw pillows.) This brings the quilt measurements to 64" by 80".

This is a surprise quilt. She has no idea I'm making it and it's been tucked away in a box for months, as I plugged away at it. School is out in a couple weeks and I wanted it done before that so I spent a day and powered through to finish it. Miles and miles of chain piecing later, we have a quilt top.

Now, it's back in the box while we wait for the backing and binding arrive, and while I plan the quilting. Secret sewing is the best. I can't wait to give it to her!

Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday, and for Needle and Thread Thursday.


  1. Beautiful top! Love the colors you chose! I'm sure she's going to love it, and I can't wait to see it all done :-) Visiting from Finish It Up Friday, and new subscriber :-)

    ~ Jess ~
    Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

  2. pretty! A Walk in the Woods is a favorite ... I've done good job hording mine!

  3. Love it! I adore Aneela Hoey fabric, but I rarely know what to do with it. This design is the perfect solution -- it presents bigger chunks of fabric along with smaller squares. Your quilt does Walk in the Woods justice!

  4. so pretty, those colors are awesome and I really love the pattern you chose

  5. Sweet quilt, absolutely the right fabrics for a sweet little girl.

  6. Oh wow- I LOVE this. Really nicely done - those little squares are not as easy as they seem to line up everything and you did a great job.

  7. Beautiful quilt and fabric this pattern was the first quilt I ever made, I'm very new to patchwork and quilting only started last year.