A quilt for Maddie


This little quilt was different than most that I make, because it's for my new little niece.  My husband's youngest brother and his wife just had their first baby, so I had a LOT of fun making this one!


These stars are actally 'wonky' or 'liberated' whatever you call them.  But I didn't try to make them funky, so just looking at them, you almost thing that they're 'proper' pieced stars.  Here's a great tutorial for how to make them.  (I made my blocks 8" instead of 12.5", so I cut the squares to 3" instead of 4.5")


These stars are one of my never-fail backup plans, because I think they always turn out.  Stars seem like such a classic quilt theme, yet these wonky ones have enough personality to keep from being all stuffy and best-guest-room looking!

For the quilting, I first quilted with my machine along the seam lines around each block.  I then hand quilted around each star with pink perle cotton.  It was so fun and easy to hand quilt these, because I didn't need to use a hoop or frame.  The reason being that I had machine quilted already, so it didn't need to be held together.


The back with her name embroidered in pink.

I'm linking up to Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  If you want to see a huge amount of awesome quilts all in one place, go check it out!

66 comments:

  1. oh, goodness, that is just perfect! The layout, the colors, the fabric. What a lucky girl!

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  2. I love it! The colors are great. They are like Sherbet Ice Cream. Yummy! I just used that tutorial this week to make some stars, it worked out great. The hand stitching around the stars is perfect.

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  3. so I am smitten with stars, and then on top of that the colors...perfection!

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  4. This is really cute, Jolene! I love the stars.

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  5. So lovely! Great idea to quilt both with mashine and by hand.

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  6. Adorable! Love the 'floating' stars.

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  7. The stars & the soft colours make this such a sweet quilt for your new niece, she will grow up just loving it! :)

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  8. Very, very pretty! You are SO right about stars being a classic! When in doubt...stars!

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  9. Great quilt, nice job, I love it all.

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  10. It's just the sweetest quilt ever! It's gorgeous!

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  11. Oh how darling! :o)
    This is the most precious baby quilt I have seen.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Sincerely, Trish

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  12. This quilt is gorgeous!! I absolutely LOVE the colors you chose! So soft and pretty- great job!! :)
    Cindy
    orr20004@msn.com
    (Issues with Google :/)

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  13. That is such a gorgeous quilt, i love the soft colours! Its Perfect! x

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  14. jolene! this is so pretty and soft. I love the colors and the hand quilting is such a beautiful touch.

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  15. Lovely quilt. Beautiful fabrics.

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  16. What a perfect little quilt for a little baby girl! You're right ... you can never go wrong with stars.

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  17. wow, this is such a beautiful quilt! I adore the color combination. It's soft, yet bright. No blah, pastel baby colors, here! The hand-quilting is the perfect touch!

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  18. I love this quilt! The hand quilting adds a beautiful touch and like the idea of hand quilting after the machine quilting, good tip.

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  19. love the quilt!

    Margaret
    www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

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  20. beautiful!! love the soft colors and hand stitching! you are so good!

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  21. Very sweet quilt, what a cutie pie it is.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  22. Absolutely adorable! The color combination is soft and sweet.

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  23. What a sweet little quilt! I love it!

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  24. I love stars, too. Great quilt :)

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  25. It's a lovely quilt, Jolene - I love the mix of colors - cheerful and happy!!

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  26. this is such a precious quilt. It looks so snuggly and soft and sunny too. So Beautiful!!

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  27. so so awesome Jo!! Maddie will treasure it forever♥

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  28. what a beautiful baby quilt, a real heirloom!

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  29. This quilt is adorable. It says 'touch me' and wrap up in me. Lucky niece!

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  30. beautiful! I love the yellows and blues with just a hint of pink, and all the fabrics look so pretty and delicate. I want to go and make one just like this right now! Thanks for inspiring me (as always).

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  31. This is quilt is so sweet. I love it. I'm sure it will be well loved :)

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  32. It is so very sweet! I really, really like it!

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  33. Adorable! I love that it's not completely pink- the blue softens the look of the quilt. I love the back, too.

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  34. Your quilts are so beautiful! This is particularly cute. I really love the blue+ yellow combination ;)

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  35. It is a beautiful quilt! You are right, hard to go wrong with these stars!

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  36. I love, love, love this color combination!! Beautiful quilt!

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  37. I totally love the stars and the different coloured backgrounds. LOVE.

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  38. Love the stars and the soft colours in the quilt - and your handstitching is the perfect touch!

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  39. I love star quilts! This one is going into my favorites - what a cute baby quilt. I love how you machine quilted and then hand quilted. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Beautiful quilt! I love that you hand quilted and machine quilted it. I would love to try out hand quilting, but the idea of hand quilting an entire quilt intimidates me. It had never occurred to me to hand quilt certain elements and machine quilt the rest. What a great idea!

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  41. Sweet quilt. Always love stars and wonkiness rules!! Lucky little girl who'll have this fun quilt to snuggle and play on. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  42. Absolutely perfect. The colors are so beautiful and cheerful.

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  43. Just gorgeous. I am inspired to make some stars myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. I am glad you had fun making this beautiful quilt.

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  45. This is so pretty, I love the colours!

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  46. Baby quilts are so fun! So cute!

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  47. What a cutie. Love those colours together so pretty.

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  48. Beautiful! I'm thinking of making a star quilt and yours is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing it.

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  49. Perfectly sweet quilt. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  50. Adorable and perfect for a new baby!

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  51. What a wonderful quilt. Lucky little gal!

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  52. I adore this quilt. What is that fabric on the back? The blue with the stars. I LOVE it!

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  53. Adorable ... it is just so cute!

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  54. THis is such a beautiful quilt. I love the soft colours and the pink hand quilting.

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  55. I love this quilt...it is so soft and cuddly. Thank you for sharing.

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  56. Lovely quilt! Where oh where did you get those rings with clips to hang the quilt? Please share...

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  57. I love it. The colors and the pattern are just so sweet together.

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