Quilt Finish: Baby Friedman’s Quilt

I’m so thrilled to have this one done!!  The baby has been contemplating an early arrival….well not the baby as much as Kalissa’s recent tests and ultrasounds.  A week ago at an ultrasound little Mr. Friedman was already an over 8 pound baby.  That was with a month to go.  A C-section before the due date has been mentioned…for now we wait.  We need to keep that baby incubating as long as we can.

In light of all of that, it’s good I have this finished!!


I took a lot of pictures and hope to do a little commentary on the process of my thinking while I made the quilt.

Check out the wonky log cabin blocks in two to the corners…I love how they look…. I did them like this with the hope that the neutral background would “turn the corner” with the letters.

With Carver’s baby quilt I bound in red…this time I decided to see if I could use one shirt and have enough for binding.  I easily did.

I went with a blue and I really like the look.  The red made it seem a little more “fenced in”.

There is a lot going on with this quilt.  It’s busy but I love it.  The blocks are actually sewn together in rows.  The blocks were 8″ wide but they could be any length.  They were then sewn into strips to come up with a 40″ row.

Then I put on a 2″ inner border.  The the outer border was again cut at 8″ wide.

I tried to add some cute details…see the little strips of scraps under the letters.  It would have been MUCH easier not to add that but I wanted to spice it up.


To make these quilts fun it’s important to “do the little details”.

Other things I did was make LOTS of stars.  I made the flying geese line up in a row. 
Here they are from another angle.
For the colors I stuck with primarily blue, reds, yellows and neutrals.  I like it MUCH better than when I mixed all of the colors in.

Everything is free form.  I don’t measure a thing.  I don’t plan much of it out.  I often find a piece of something in the scrap box and build on to it or I cut it up.  I try to change things up….some stars are all the same color, some are red, some have a background scrap for the center of the star.  Some are cut wonky after they are made.  Some are put on the diagonal…some not.


Here are more stars to check out.

The goal is to make NONE the same.

The backing is a shower curtain from the thrift store.  Yep…surprising what I find and come up with.  The fabric was 100% cotton and in perfect condition..and it matched!  What more can I ask for??

The heart on the corner is ‘cuz this Grandma already loves the little boy whose quilt this will be.  I also wanted to show off some more small details.  See the flying geese accents.  After making all of the letters I realized the letters “O” and “P” were a little bit smaller than the others.  That’s okay but I decided to make the little flying geese features so the letters would seem larger.

Then I decided to extend the geese theme and use them as spacers to fill the borders.  I love how that turned out.


Of course, no quilt is complete without a Ruby pictures.  Here she is….

I adore free form piecing.  ADORE.  It is VERY time consuming though.  I’m actually super happy that Kelli decided that she wanted one like this for her baby.  It gives me a chance to keep on working with scraps.  Until next time…

30 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Baby Friedman’s Quilt

  1. Kim

    This quilt has a lot going on… and yet you have created the perfect balance. It’s so fun & I LOVE IT!!! I can’t stop looking at it! This is a quilt that will grow with the child, nice job!

  2. Betsy

    I love it too, it’s a fun quilt.. The red really makes it,pop. Please tell me about the alphabet. Is, it appliqués or pieced?

  3. Carol Lorraine Stearns

    I assume one of your readers sent me a box of fabric, Jacquie. I need to send her a think you note. One of the fabrics was faces of children all different colors and I’m contemplating doing a wall hanging for church and embroider on it, Red and Yellow and Black and White for the song. Or make tote bags for the sunday school teachers out of them. I dont have an embroidery machine and don’t feel like making letts but you never know. I’ll put that project in line.

  4. Stacie Young

    I absolutely adore this style of quilt. You are brilliant!!! I may just borrow this idea when I start having grand babies to make quilts for. I love it so much, great job Jo!! I can’t wait to see the next one. Prayers to you and yours.

  5. Marilyn

    Jo the quilt is busy, busy just what you need for a baby as they grow and it will “grow with them. I absolutely love it and can’t wait for the next one. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

  6. Cindy F

    I love these quilts!! I feel the need to make one but I have no grand babies and it doesn’t look like any for awhile. I need to do something to tame my collection of shirts. I bought the Parallel Lines book after seeing it here and I’m in love with the cover photo and trying to find shirts to use there. Wouldn’t you know I don’t have the wide stripes? Guess I need to keep thrifting to find some…if only I could stop myself from buying more I don’t need!

  7. Debbie Bowmer

    You did it again, Jo! This is adorable. Lots of work, but I know you enjoy it all. There’s so much to look at, so it will keep a baby busy. Kudos to you. Love and prayers to you and yours.

  8. Donna T

    What an adorable baby quilt! It is busy but that’s great for a baby quilt. The shower curtain backing is perfect! Who would have thought to look at the shower curtains!

  9. Joy

    Your alphabet quilt is adorable! Ruby is such a photogenic expert, can’t have a quilt picture without him. Well, now the baby anticipation…….

  10. Nadine

    Wow oh wow what a beautiful quilt! I never thought of checking out shower curtains at the dollar store for backing- I think I will have to keep that in mind and check it out.

  11. Mary Jo B.

    I like the busy look of the quilt. In addition to being a “teaching” quilt to learn the alphabet and all the colors, baby will be able to count the number of geese or the number of stars in the quilt.

    Ruby looks good too.

  12. Judy

    What a wonderful quilt! The baby will love finding all the things in it and learning his letters. Praying for you and Roger.

  13. Cindy E

    That’s a wonderful quilt. You did a great job. I hope that Kalissa and baby are doing okay. I always like to see the end picture with Ruby. Prayers going out to you, Roger and your family. Thanks for sharing

  14. Candy

    Wow … another eye-popping finish, Jo! These baby quilts will be loved forever. How big do you make these quilts? Can’t wait to see the next one!

  15. Donna

    Love this quilt – Baby Friedman will love all that color! Keeping Kalissa in prayer – c-sections can be rough – had 3 :-o!

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