Little Theo’s Baby Quilt

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I’m currently out of town, visiting my family and drinking waaay too much coffee to keep up with the time change. Before I left Portland though, I made sure to finish a baby gift for a dear friend of mine. Her little boy was born a few weeks ago, so my gift to him was bit late. I don’t think tiny baby Theo will hold it against me though!

Usually when I make a quilt, I buy the fabric first, and figure out the pattern I want to make later. It’s pretty rare that I find a pattern first andΒ then buy the fabric. That might be because I really don’t buy patterns at all. I feel like a cheater when I use one, as if I’m not being as creative as I could be. I don’t know why I tell myself this, because it’s ridiculous. But nevertheless, I picked up some fat quarters of the Indian Summer line, and some yardage of an Architextures print at Modern Domestic.

I was telling myself to make something that wasn’t too complicated since I have a lot on my plate right now, but I don’t listen to my own brain. I knew that I wanted to use half-square triangles (HST). I didn’t really have a plan for them, so I played around with the layout until I came up with nine different blocks.

TheoQuilt7Does anyone know what this block is called? I’m certain that I didn’t just make up a completely new and never-before-seen block. Each one uses 72 different triangles, and the white fabrics in the middle of each block make up a star.

TheoQuilt8Because of the tiny woodland animals, I wanted the quilting to have a Pacific-Northwest feel to it. However, trying to make little pine trees all over the quilt looked like Christmas, so I took a different route and just did meandering loops. It was much easier to do, especially once I remembered to lower my feed dogs. Does anyone else forget that after they haven’t quilted for a while? My stitching looked fine, but my arms were tired after one pass thru the machine!



The batting I got from Modern Domestic (I can’t remember the brand name) and it puffed up and seems to have become thicker after washing the quilt. It’s incredibly dense, but soft and heavy at the same time. Β I really like it, although it made the quilt more crinkled and lofty than I was expecting it to be. That’s not a bad thing, especially when it should be extra-soft for Theo to lay on.


I used a solid teal from my stash for the binding. I hardly ever hand-sew the binding on, and this quilt was no exception. I know that some quilters consider hand sewing the binding to be their favorite part, but usually at that stage I just want to beΒ done.



The backing is made up of leftover tiny strips of fabric prints, white and a light-blue stripe of solid quilting cotton, and a print. I did put one tiny HST on the back too, but otherwise used large pieces of fabric.TheoQuilt4It was certainly a fun quilt to make, and now I have lots of ideas brewing for my next one. How do you plan out your quilts?

  • Such a cute quilt! πŸ™‚
    I don’t have the patience to make quilts, unless it’s really really simple. I’ve never tried using a quilting stitch but it does look pretty. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Jennie! I think that you might like making quilts, especially since your sewing time is probably a bit limited with that sweet little boy of yours. I find that having a quilt to work on is great when I’m not feeling particularly creative, or I want to feel like I “made” something for the day. Chain-sewing little quilt pieces for 15 minutes at a time really adds up quickly, and is a great warm-up for working on a more complicated project when you’re trying to get into a sewing groove. Plus, quilting can be quilt relaxing with a glass of wine and some good music. πŸ˜‰

  • angie

    Amy, a really gorgeous, to-be-treasured quilt for Theo…. all those half-square triangles….that’s plenty of work, and how neat it all looks. I LOVE your quilting- I do it similiarly, not quite as dense (i’m too lazy or impatient and by the time I get to the back never mind the binding I want to be Done…). Your work on the back is your trade mark I think…. because that’s just Extra Work! It’s the process as much as the product that counts! This one will follow Theo wherever he goes.

    • Thank you so much, Angie! That’s very kind of you to say. πŸ™‚ It did take a lot of time, but it’s fun to do, especially when it’s for someone who appreciates the time and work that went into it (Theo’s momma sews). The quilting is my go-to pattern. Loops and meandering is nice and relaxing, but I do have fun trying to challenge myself to come up with other patterns. Next time! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

  • barbara

    absolutely beautiful. so glad your gift is made with the future
    In mind. so many quilters would make a quilt for a newborn
    With bunnies, kitties, (not that there’s anything wrong with
    That), But I can see Theo claiming this as a real forever
    Keepsake and handing it down to his little one.

    • Thank you, thank you, Barbara! It would be the biggest compliment if he decided to hand it down someday. I suppose I should start putting labels on my quilts so that his little one could know where it came from, should it be handed down many years from now. I think I have a few years to get one made and sewn on to it though! πŸ˜‰