Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Layer Cake Baby Quilts & Update on Jack's Basket

Whenever I have a bit of fabric leftover, I cut it into 10" squares, 5" squares, 2 1/2" strips and then finally 2 1/2" squares. A favorite quilt to make is to sort through my 10" squares and put together quilts--baby size or lap size. Here are 8 baby quilts I've put together using this style this year!!!
Not only is it fast and fun putting these quilts together, I get to use different quilting pantographs, too!!!

This 1st quilt was made from Tula Pink squares + others.
Pantograph: Adena ⤵️ from My Creative Stitches
Next is this ocean themed quilt! ⚓︎
Pantograph: Harbour Wave ⤵️ from Urban Elementz
This quilt is a mixture of blues. ๐Ÿ’™
Pantograph: Crop Circles ⤵️ from My Creative Stitches
Here is a quilt for a little girl, a mixture of Japanese and other prints! 
Pantograph: Don Quixote ⤵️ from My Creative Stitches
These last 4 were made from a cute fat quarter bundle with some blenders thrown in to add up to 64 squares!!! I quilted them all at once, with one backing--a duvet cover from IKEA. I loaded two quilt tops side-by-side, and used two different quilting designs!!!
Pantograph: Rolling Hills ⤵️ from 627Handworks
Pantograph: Honeycomb ⤵️ from My Creative Stitches
This is just after taking them off the longarm, trimmed around the outside edges, and before cutting them apart! ⤵️
The finished quilts!!! ⤵️
Here's the backing fabric, half of a duvet cover from IKEA! ⤵️
After quilting and going through the washer and dryer, these quilts end up about 36" square. They will all go to local charities as part of the Hands 2 Help Challenge.
Update on Jack's Basket: Previously all my baby quilts went to Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated with a basket full of encouragement. They have changed their policy this year, due to shipping expenses. Now they are requesting "Handmade security blankets, no bigger than 14" X 17"." They continue to accept handmade burp cloths, bibs, hats and booties, as well.

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy


  1. Sorry to hear you can't sew quilts for your favorite charity anymore, but glad to see you found an alternative. All great quilts! And so interesting to see how you did the last four in one go. xo

  2. Your quilts are all so lovely! I appreciate that you share the names of the pantographs as I might want to get some of them. Your backing from a duvet cover is great; I have done that too. Sometimes I have found some really cool backings that way, and they can be easy and reasonably priced as well. Thanks for the eye candy and inspiration!

  3. Project Linus will be delighted to take your adorable baby quilts. Such great work, and it looks like you had fun with your quilting.

  4. Nancy I love how you did the four together with different pantos. The are so cut. Sad about Jack's Basket, but I can understand the postage costs.

  5. Your patchwork baby quilts are so pretty, Nancy! I didn't know about the changes at Jack's Basket, and had just finished a small quilt I planned to send to them. Where will you send yours now? Mine will need a new destination, too!

  6. I know how special it was for you to donate your quilts to JB. But glad you have found other local ones to donate to. Those last four yellow quilts are my favorite ones. Kudos to you for working on so many quilts! I need/want to get back into doing that.

  7. What a great idea. All the quilts are so pretty. I should really find a charity to donate to. Probably the Choctaw Jones Academy. Doing 2 small quilts using your 10” blocks really makes it easy to make nice blankets for the local nursing home residents. Hummm. Hugs. Love the yellows and all the different quilting designs.

  8. I have a pack of 10" squares that might work for that quilt idea, so thanks for sharing that, Nancy. I didn't know about the change for JB - where are you donating your quilts now?

  9. I always love seeing your charity quilts and drooling over the fabric and quilt patterns you select. I am sorry to hear about the change for Jacks Baked. The price of so many things is going up a lot, its a little scary. I know they will be well loved and glad they are part of H2H!

  10. I once used to do the same with leftover fabric....the cutting into 10 inch, 5 inch etc. I really need to get back to doing that!
    Nice baby quilts and great donations that will be loved.

  11. All of your baby quilts are so sweet. Great choice of fabrics for them. I'm sure they will be loved and appreciated.
    Quilter Bonnie

  12. This is actually a genius idea for not only baby quilts but all quilts. When you have such pretty fabrics it is a great way to show them off. My goodness, what pretty pantographs too. That would be fun to try out new ones I can see. Happy Quilting,Nancy.

  13. Sorry Jack's Basket changed their policy but so thrilled that you haven't slowed down a bit! What a great collection of baby quilts. They will be so loved. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  14. Thanks, too, for linking up to TGIFF, Nancy!

  15. Oh my gosh, I love the sizes you cut your scraps, why didn't I think of that? Your page is full of spring today and I love it. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

  16. What fun finishes! They look so pretty folded up and tucked into the basket.

  17. Love your idea of cutting the 5 and 10 in squares. They do make great quilts.
    Also love the idea of quilting four at once. Makes a lot of sense and looks great.


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