Flannel Baby Quilt - Ready to Gift

Throwback Thursday


Today for Throwback Thursday, Jenn suggested we share makes of Christmas past. I don’t have any specifically “holiday” made quilts, but this quilt was gifted during the holiday season of 2008 and was the first quilt I had made in years. This quilt kicked off a slow, steady progression of quilt making that has evolved directly to where I am today, so it is near and dear.

Flannel Baby Quilt - Front
Flannel Baby Quilt – Front

I had 2 good friends who were expecting their first child. They love to spend evenings outside star gazing, so I wanted to make a flannel quilt they could use to wrap the baby up to join them. I designed the quilt in Microsoft Paint after I picked out the fabric from Fabric.com. As you can see in my concept sketch below, I also pulled a baby quilt image to kind of use as a guide, too.

Concept Brainstorming
Concept Brainstorming
First Blocks
First Blocks

I remember being so excited when the first few blocks were sewn together. I had forgotten the joy of creation and I have to say I have definitely been hooked since those stitches. Clearly, I have older quilts than this, but this quilt marks the start of my love affair with the craft.

Flannel Baby Quilt - Back
Flannel Baby Quilt – Back

The quilt top was slightly larger than a regular width of fabric, and I remember worrying that piecing the backing together was too funky.

Flannel Baby Quilt - Ready to Gift
Flannel Baby Quilt – Ready to Gift

I was so excited to be able to gift this to my friends and it arrived at their home just a few days before Christmas.

Watching the Peresids
Watching the Peresids

And I am super happy to say that 5 years later, I received this fantastic image of my friend’s sons watching the Peresid meteor shower, snuggled under the flannel quilt.

Throwback Thursday

Linking up with Throwback Thursday with Jenn @A Quarter Inch from the Edge.


  • I think its so cute and bet you were proud you made it! Kids don’t look how it is made but how cuddly it is! Wish I could show you my first one but it was supposed to be a wall hanging and my niece grabbed it and it never went on the wall, loved to death so no photo!!

  • What an awesome picture of the kids using the quilt!! Seeing quilts being used and loved long after they have been gifted just makes me smile 🙂 The wonder in the that little face is just priceless!! It is a great quilt and I’m so impressed that you planned the quilt out with paint prior to putting it together!

  • It’s funny how one project can snowball into a passion. You just have to smile when you see the picture of the boys with the quilt. I’m sure a lot of memories have been made that include your quilt. From star gazing to maybe fort building and cuddling with it when they just need something soft and warm. I think when we give quilts as a gift, it’s just the thing we want, for it to be loved.

  • I’m pretty sure you’ve heard me go on about it before but there is literally nothing that makes me happier than seeing something I’ve made being used and loved year later. What a great share 🙂

  • Yvonne, I truly enjoyed reading your post today as did every one else! It is always magnificent as a quilter to reminiscence. I think it helps to hold us strong and true to ourselves and one another along with what we do. Seeing the picture is another great treasure for so many of us. I like to envision this as being one of the charity quilts that I have donated and how it is being used. Thank you so much for creating such a fantastic quilt that is a special heartfelt warming part of these children’s lives and yours and sharing it with all of us! Have a wonderful creative day!

  • Cute little quilt, and fun to read about your early journey designing your blocks. And wonderful that you received this photo with your quilt in use!

  • Isn’t it wonderful to see the quilts we have made for family and friends being used and loved? All that time and effort…so worth it.

  • Seeing their little faces with your quilt…that’s why…we do what we do! I love when we get that moment of glee when a block works or it comes together. I think you had some of that here!

  • That last picture is priceless and probably pretty much sums up the reason you have a love affair with quilting, right? Funny to think you were concerned that the pieced back was too funky. Trendsetter!

  • That is such a great story Yvonne. I still design quilts with the Microsoft paint program and use it in conjunction with EQ. What a wonderful gift that is of the photo of the children watching the meteor shower!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)