January 12, 2017

A "Hello World" Baby Quilt

I enjoy Cori Dantini's artwork, and had stashed away some pieces from her "Hello World" collection for a possible baby quilt.  Now that I have a new great-niece, it became time to put these fabrics to use.

I created the black and white border by cutting strips free-handed, sewing multiple strips together, then crosscutting them, again free-handed.

The animal prints are from a panel.  I free-motion quilted the outlines of the drawings with dark thread, then used a loopy fill with light thread in the background.  The animals are mostly unquilted, which makes them soft and puffy, especially after washing. (These photos are prior to washing.)

I added a row of wonky stars across the bottom...

 ... and I like a fabric that can tell me how it wants to be quilted (the scallops).

I originally had a different fabric in mind for the binding, but when I saw this Denyse Schmidt plaid next to the other fabrics, I knew it was a better choice.

Here's another shot showing the backing fabric:

More of the animals:

This is my attempt to photograph the puffiness after washing.  (It doesn't show as well as I'd like -- the lighting is too soft.)

I hope baby Rebecca enjoys her new quilt!

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday. 


  1. I am a huge Cori Dantini fan, and wow, did you ever do her fabrics justice! Love it!!! All of it!!!

  2. So sweet and bold with the black and white which makes it all pop! love it

  3. I love how it is set to appeal to babies love of contrast!

  4. What an adorable quilt for Baby!!!

  5. this is so cute! I love the addition of wonky stars. The black and white border is an unexpected but perfect setting for the animals. (Yay for fabrics that tell you how to quilt them, too :-) All around, a super baby quilt and I'm sure it will be treasured.
    happy quilting ~ Tracy

  6. So many wonderful elements in this quilt. I love the black and white checkerboard effect, and the binding is perfect! What great use of all the fabrics.