A modern baby quilt…

This week I finished the binding on my Paper Piecing Monday baby quilt.  I am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out…and how easy it was to make.

WQ Snowball baby quiltAs you can see the quilt used just four of my paper piecing Snowball patterns, and they really are the stars of the show.   My favorite block is definitely this one…

free paper piece patternBut you can find the free paper piecing pattern for all the blocks under the “Free Paper Piecing Patterns” tab if you want to make your own version.

pink snowball quilt detail 2To build out the quilt I cut a bunch of 6 1/2 square blocks from my black and white stash.  The blocks were just the perfect size so I could play with layout and see how I wanted the quilt to flow.

I originally started with the pink blocks running down the side of the quilt, but after some procrastination went for the layout I have now – one row below the paper pieced blocks and 5 above.

bw block detailI had some serious fun fussy cutting… this block in particular seemed so appropriate for a baby quilt…

favorite bw blockThe quilt could easily have been made longer by adding another row or two of black and white blocks but I liked the square format.

black and white blocksFor the quilting I ran straight lines down the quilt and then sewed intersecting vertical lines thru the paper pieced squares.

pink snowball quilt detailFor the back I used some fun pink number fabric and some black and white dots.  Nothing too fancy.  The binding was of course scrappy pink solids!

quilt backThis quilt is destined for an exciting life when my friends baby is born.  They are an amazing couple that lead a slightly unconventional life.  A traditional baby quilt was not going to do…

Quilt Details:

Technique:  Paper piecing and simple patchwork.
Block size:  12 inches
Quilt Size:  48 x 48 inches

35 thoughts on “A modern baby quilt…

  1. lovely, lovely quilt and something I could do. The very simple patchwork is a perfect
    background for the paper pieced stars…love it.

  2. Oh my goodness this quilt is stunning. This is my problem – I don’t think about only doing a few complex blocks and placing them in a field of more simple blocks. I feel like I have to make the whole quilt difficult. Your placement of complex with simple, neutral with color just takes this over the top for me. Brilliant.

  3. What a wonderful creation you and your imagination + extraordinary stash have wrought!! Very, very fortunate friends about to embark on a wild and wonderful ride and they are fortunate to have you as a friend.

  4. Hi Cath! Colleen just shared your post on my blog and I am so glad that she did. I want to tell you how much I love your quilt. It is absolutely brilliant! Your friends will adore it too and I can see that this would also be great for a child, a teen and an adult. It will definitely grow with the baby and be treasured always.

  5. Your baby quilt is fabulous and so much fun!! Thank you for sharing the paper piecing pattern. I have the need for several baby quilts and this one might possibly be one of them. Wonderful!!

  6. Oh yay! I love this quilt I’m so happy that we have a new baby joining the family! Hope she is having a girl, cause I so love the pinks with the black and whites!

  7. I love the extraordinary placement of the pink paperpieced blocks amond the simple black/white blocks. It is so striking placed in this way and the pink blocks gets all the attention, as they should!!! I admire your imagination.

  8. I can not tell you how much I love this. I have 3 little baby girls to make quilts for and this (similar) one will be one of them. Thanks SO much for all your inspiration! xoxo

  9. When I opened the email and saw your fantastic quilt I was just blown away! I love the idea of how you incorporated the paper pieced blocks and made them the feature! Has spurred me on to try this……today!!!

  10. WOW, simply WOW! I made a presentation to my quilt guild last night, using one of our blocks as an example, it was titled “Welcome to the Wonderful World of Paperpiecing – Thank you Wombat Quilts”

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