I’m naming this quilt after the little lady that is about to be born. She was my inspiration. I wanted to make her her own quilt that was unique, and so this is it.
Let’s start from the middle and work our way out.
This is where the Flower Block ended:
First we’re going to create a scrappy border.
- 48- 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ from leftover fabric
Sew two strips that have 11 scrappy squares sewn together, then 2 strips with 13 scrappy squares sewn together.
Sew the 11 squares strips to the flower block center on opposite sides and press toward the darker fabric. Then sew the 13 square strips to the other two sides and press toward the darker fabric.
(I have a little OCD problem, so I have to work really hard making things “scrappy”. I think I did a pretty good job here. 😜)
We’ve made all these cute butterflies and it’s time to sew them together. Since they’re not square we’re going to start by putting some borders around them and then sewing them into strips.
I used a jelly roll, but you can just use background fabric.
- 48- 1″ x 4 1/2″ background fabric (white)
- 33- 1 1/2″ x 6″ background fabric (white)
- 2- 2 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ background fabric (white)
- 2- 2 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ background fabric (white)
- 4- 3″ x 30 1/2″ background fabric (white)
Sew the 1″ strips to each side of the butterflies, press toward the background fabric. Then to 16 of the butterflies, sew the 1 1/2″ white fabric strips to the top and bottom.
You’ll end up with 16 butterflies with a white border completely around it and 8 butterflies with background fabric on the sides.
Now we’re going to sew them together. On the picture below, the butterflies are shown every other butterfly facing a different way. However, when I sewed mine together I did: vertical, horizontal, vertical, vertical, horizontal, and vertical.
On two of the butterfly strips sew the 3″ background fabric to one side. Press.
On the other two, sew the 3″ background fabric to one side of each butterfly strip and the 2 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ background fabric to the other side. Press.
Take the two 2 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ background fabric and sew to opposite sides of the quilt.
Then take the two butterfly strips with the background fabric sewn on each side, and sew them to the other sides of the center. Line up the 2 1/2″ side of the butterfly strips to the scrappy border. Press.
Take your 4 sun blocks and sew one to each end of the two butterfly strips that have background fabric only on one side. Press.
Then sew onto the center quilt. Press.
- 2- 4 1/2″ x 46 1/2″ Border fabric
- 2- 4 1/2″ x 54 1/2″ Border fabric
Sew the 46 1/2″ fabric to opposite sides of the quilt. Press toward border.
Then sew 54 1/2″ fabric to the other two sides. Press toward border.
And you’re done with the quilt top. Look how beautiful the Amelia Quilt is all pieced together!!
Now it’s time to quilt it.
I wanted to make this quilt nice and soft on the back, because, let’s face it, what baby doesn’t like those super soft blankets???
You can put cuddle fabric on the back of the quilt without batting, and that was the original plan. But as I tried to quilt it in my home machine, the back was pulling through to the front and it was a mess!
I then tried putting batter in the middle, but that didn’t seem to help. So I took it to my new favorite quilt store, which is less than a mile from my house, and had them quilt it for me.
She put a very thin layer of batting in the middle and did a flower pattern for me. She knew this little lady could make her appearance at any time, so she was kind enough to have it back to me the next day.
Look at the beautiful job she did??? I love how you can see the quilting on the red back, absolutely gorgeous. (I believe she takes mail orders and you can find her at jkquilts.com.)
I sewed in the ditch with pink on top and red in the bobbin.
And because I love how this quilt turned out, I’m going to post some other beautiful pictures of the finished quilt, front and back.
And the nursery is coming together. So excited to meet her!!!
Now, go make your own Amelia Quilt.
Supplies I Used to Complete This Project
- Riley Blake Happy Day Layer Cake
- Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Snow Fabric by The Yard
- Aurifil Cotton Thread White
- Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat, 24×36 Inch
- Fiskars Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter, 45 mm
- Omnigrid Ruler Value Pack 2, Package of Four
- Janome 2030QDC-B Computerized Quilting and Sewing Machine with Bonus Quilt Kit
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