Retrospective: My first baby quilt

Today I’m going to tell you about the third quilt I ever made. It’s a baby quilt that I made for my nephew who was born in 2011. I followed the Moda Bake Shop “Stacked Coins” tutorial with a couple of changes (I only used four columns of coins) and used the “Happy” line of fabric designed by My Sister and Me.


This was made completely by hand, all the piecing, quilting and binding so it really was a labour of love! For the quilting, I stitched in the ditched around each “coin”, and filled the white space with wavy quilting.


As with every project I do, I learned a lot. On the negative side, I learned that you don’t pre-wash pre-cut fabrics as this changes the size, so it was a bit more tricky that it should have been to sew the coins together. On the positive side, I learned how to do continuous binding as well as how to properly mitre my corners!

The toddler I gave this to still uses it so I’m happy! 🙂


29 thoughts on “Retrospective: My first baby quilt

  1. Bright Tuesday

    Wow! I am seriously impressed with this quilt. My own sewing skills are rather weak, so to see a beautiful project like this -done entirely by hand no less! – is amazing. Great work!

  2. KerryCan

    I love that you did it by hand! The quilts I’ve made have been done by hand (you know how I feel about a machine!) and they are each so special because of what went into them. The colors in this are wonderful–I love the back!

    1. craftysorcha Post author

      Thank you so much!
      I didn’t chose the material for the back until the baby was born, because the parents kept his sex secret. Luckily, because they live far away, I had a few busy weeks to piece the back, quilt and bind!

  3. Red Hen

    You really have such a marvellous talent. Of course the kid uses it. It`s an heirloom piece that he will keep forever and pass on to his own. What a treasure!

    1. craftysorcha Post author

      I don’t know how many hours exactly but it didn’t take a huge amount of time. I started it in January 2011 and finished it in the 3rd week of April, all done by hand and only working on it in the evenings for a couple of hours at a time.

    1. craftysorcha Post author

      Thank you.
      Well I’ve been blogging only since January, but I’ve been crafting for years, and I like to share some older projects with my readers!

  4. Boomdeeadda

    Ohhh, I bet the new mom cried. I would have. How beautiful! Really fancy the colours too. You’ve gone above and beyond by HAND stitching the whole creation, OMGosh. I’ve done a few machine quilts in the past and really enjoy picking fabrics. Moda is wonderful. There’s a local gal who’ll take your project and actually quilt it all together on a computerized loom. But yours is so personal and done with love. Congratulations.


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