Cotton+Steel baby quilt finish


I’m continuing to knock past projects off the WIP/UFO list. This is a little baby quilt that I started last summer. It’s called Blossom and it’s from the book Fat Quarter Style from the Fat Quarter Shop. I modified the pattern just slightly to use some of the leftovers from piecing the blocks. Finished it measures 33″ x 43″.


I just picked it up from Sew Shabby Quilting last weekend so that I could bind and finish. This quilt has so much negative space so I told Melissa that she could just do what she wanted and really play with the quilting. I love the custom quilting that she did and the texture it gives the finished quilt.


For the backing I used a large piece I’d found a while back from the Wish collection by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit. The colors worked perfectly with the front. I didn’t have quite enough so I pieced a panel left over from the butterfly Cotton+Steel fabrics.


When I started this quilt last summer, I’d made a goal to play with color palettes outside my traditional primary colors zone. The gray solid on the front is Kona Ash. The prints are mostly Cotton + Steel plus a few other pieces from my stash. To bind it I used a simple Swiss Dot in navy from Riley Blake.


Always a good feeling to rescue another project from the WIP (works-in-progress)/UFO (un-finished-objects) pile. I think this is the third finish this year! (I need to go back and count…) At the moment this quilt is not spoken for, and I am considering selling it, so if you’re interested, feel free to contact me for details.

Also, a big thanks for all the love and encouragement for this new site in your comments. Also for the feedback – we fixed some bugs that were found. I’m sure they’ll be more. Don’t hesitate to give a head’s up if you spot something. I’m also figuring out how this move affects subscriptions, RSS, etc. Thanks for bearing with me. Any other feedback or suggestions welcome!

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    March 19, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Amy that is one gorgeous quilt and very modern too!

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    Deborah richmond
    March 19, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Thanks for showing the quilting. She chose a beautiful pattern!

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    Sigi G
    March 19, 2015 at 5:50 am

    This was my favorite pattern from the pattern book. Still want to make it – someday :)! Love your quilt with the grey background fabric. I’m starting……a wee bit…..to leave my white background comfort zone. Your quilt motivates me to do more of that.

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    rhonda pearce
    March 19, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Your Blossom quilt is soo very pretty ! I love your gray and teal fabric giveaway to !

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    March 19, 2015 at 6:10 am

    It’s wonderful Amy! And I subscribe via feedly and everything seems to be working fine now!

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      March 20, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Oh good! Thanks for keeping me posted. I feel like I’m wading into lots of new territory and I’m not totally sure what’s going on! lol. Keep me posted if you see anything else kinda fishy. 🙂

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    Lisa Botts
    March 19, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Yay for the smooth transition to the new format. Love the quilt!

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    Patricia Cash
    March 19, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Lovely quilt and the gray background with the color is so pretty.

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    Karen Catpenter
    March 19, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Love your blog, your quilt, have now put it on my list to make. Grey background is fabulous and I would love your fabric stack on your giveaway! Thanks for sharing all your Quilty things!

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    Vicki @ Sewing Softly
    March 19, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Love the backing – there’s a great contrast between the panel and main fabric. Perfect choice!

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    Linda kay johnson
    March 19, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Happy belated birthday! So like a quilter to celebrate by sharing! Thanks for offering this giveaway – I hope I win!

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    March 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I really love the back of this quilt!!!

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    March 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Oh, and I would love to cash in on your birthday and win the beautiful fabric bundle!!!!!

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    March 19, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Amy, I love the contrast between the solid and the prints–it really pops! And the way Melissa quilted the prints more simply than the background. Congrats on the new site–easy to move around, the comments link at the top of the post is really easy to use, and Tutorials and My Quilts seem to display them more quickly and they seem bigger? I can’t wait to see What I Use!

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    Barbara Bailey
    March 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    What a lovely quilt! Beautifully done.

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    Robin Chapa
    March 19, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance to win that GORGEOUS bundle! What a great combo of fabrics! Love ’em!


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    March 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I have been trying hard to work through my big stack of WIPs. Now I’m getting kind of obsessed with getting them done. This is beautiful–front and back!

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    Tammy from Michigan
    March 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Your quilt turned out gorgeous!! I love the gray with the colors, and the backing. The quilting is wonderful too! Wish I could quilt like that. Love it all 🙂 Happy belated Birthday, hope you enjoyed your day!!

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    March 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    It’s so nice not to fight with your site or my ipad to try and see your quilts and read your blog. Thanks bunches! I do miss the “Let’s sew!”

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    March 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I love it. You surprise me with different looks than what I would consider “baby” quilts and its adorable. I’m still dreaming of the Emmy Grace collection by Bari J. you used for another baby quilt. And I do love the quilting. It looks snuggly and cozy. So sweet!

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    March 20, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Hello! I really love this quilt, in particular the grey-flower fabric you use for the back.
    I read that you mixed fabrics from different designer and collections… I’m quite a beginner, and I’m always afraid to mix different fabrics (or precuts and non-precuts) because of the possible different “shrink percentage”. I was wondering about it, what do you do? You wash everything before sewing? Have you ever had any problem with that? Thanks in advance and good stitching 🙂

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      March 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Pre-cuts are cut directly from the yardage of the same prints, so they’re all the same fabric. Don’t worry about mixing them – that’s what they’re created for. Esp if you’re using 100% cotton across the board. I personally don’t prewash – mainly to save time, and because I like how the fabric shrinks slightly after piecing to give the quilt a softer ‘antiqued’ look and feel. I also like the sizing in the fabrics because it makes them easier to cut accurately. Also, if you are using high-quality quilt-shop fabrics or quilting fabric from JoAnn’s, you should have to worry about color bleeding either.

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        March 21, 2015 at 7:53 am

        Thanks… I’ll try!

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    Martha Cook
    March 20, 2015 at 5:50 am

    First of all love the duct tape. Good for every need in the house. Absolutely love how the backing compliments the front. I am starting to mix it up on my backing now. It much more dynamic.just wondering about the fonts when I typed in my e-mail address.it all looks like it is in caps. martha.cook51@gmail.com

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      March 20, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Hah! I was on limited light/time to get the pics with the plan to reshoot sans duct tape. but it hasn’t happened. So it stays. Super classy.

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        March 20, 2015 at 9:28 am

        Also, I think the all-caps is a design feature. on my back end, it came through in lower-case letters.

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    Sherry Fram
    March 20, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful quilt! Love the fabrics and the quilting is gorgeous!

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    Janine Baldwin
    March 20, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Enjoy your new blog. The fabric bundle has many possibilites. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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    Elaine Wibben
    March 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Just found your website today, and such a cute baby quilt! Love the colors.
    Thanks for the drawing for the fabric.

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    March 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    What a beautiful quilt! I love the Swiss Dot binding 🙂

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    March 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I have been reading your blog for almost a year now and enjoy your work along with your enthusiasm!

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    March 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I love how moving out of your comfort zone can produce some of our greatest projects. I love how you went with stronger colors in this quilt. I’ll have to start thinking about adding gray to my pallet. Thanks for sharing this give away with us.

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    Laura @ Prairie Sewn Studios
    March 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Another great finish! Love the Kona Ash in this one.

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