Baby Essentials (or Not): Homemade Quilt

We celebrated the upcoming birth of a little nephew this weekend with a baby shower. I am joyfully anticipating the opportunity to snuggle with this new baby in the future, and chose to make a warm quilt for him.

It is “large-ish” quilt; bigger than “crib-size”- perfect for a “big boy” toddler bed someday. But in the meantime, it is just right for tossing on the floor along with some toys for baby’s “tummy time” or using as a wall tapestry for nursery decor.

I based my quilt design on Tone Finnanger’s ‘My House’ Tapestry in her book Sew Pretty Homestyle. I converted her precious “girly” quilt into a woodsman boy-theme. Instead of pale pinks, the quilt features a bright green (chosen by the mama), along with brown and orange fabrics.

Topiaries began tree saplings, sweet cottages became little leafy “mushroom” cabins, and “cutesy” sayings became “manly” pursuits. :)

The embroidery includes his name and the meaning of his name. The embroidered sayings are: “plant,” “harvest,” “camp,” “hike,” “hunt,” and “gather.”

Summer is the perfect time to start preparing for the cold winters! Are YOU quilting or sewing in preparation?

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9 comments to Baby Essentials (or Not): Homemade Quilt

  • That is too cute! I love the embroidered sayings!


  • Some sweet friends made us an adorable quilt for our baby born just 2 weeks ago. I love it!


    Michele Reply:

    @Emily, Congratulations on your new little one, Emily! :)

    Many blessings,


  • Meg

    Aww… this is so cute, Michele! I’ve never been able to do quilting – I get to the blocking stage and freeze. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But I do crochet, so most of the baby gifts I do are nice thick blankets. :-) I’ll work my way to quilting one of these days… I don’t suppose a tutorial is forthcoming?? ๐Ÿ˜€


    Michele Reply:

    @Meg, Thanks, Meg!
    If I did a tutorial, what would you want to see? Any questions I can answer?

    Now I need to learn how to crochet! :)


    Meg Reply:

    @Michele – I think my biggest problem is time and space. My work space is always our bed or the kitchen table, and those both have to be cleared frequently. :-) Actually, my sister is reading over my shoulder and asks if you could talk about how you get it all stitched together without it bunching up the batting. :-)

    I’m so surprised you don’t know how to crochet!! It’s one of the only “crafty” things I can do. :-) I’d teach you, but I’m left handed, and apparently, we have to do things differently. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Michele Reply:

    Good questions! :) I’ll work on that.

    For the crochet, I’ve experimented with it a bit from what I’ve read in books- I’ve had an ongoing baby blanket going on since before our first baby (but it seems more like a rug!). I never had someone really teach me the details. :)

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  • i always prefer those wool and cotton baby beddings because they keep the baby warm-“;


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