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Quilting: a new (old) hobby

Years ago I picked up a little how-to-quilt book at Walmart and made my first quilt. After that full-sized one, I made one baby quilt. And then I guess I got busy and didn’t make time for it and the next thing I knew, it was nearly thirty years later and I decided I’d like to re-learn to quilt. There was that time I made these quilted Christmas stockings the year we adopted the youngest two kids, but that’s not the same as making an actual quilt.

I decided my reintroduction to quilting would be making a watch-me-grow baby quilt for Lindsey’s baby. When the baby arrived a few weeks ahead of schedule, I had to speed things up to get it done!

Y’all meet my newest granddaughter, Journey Quinn Gabriele:

my new grandbaby Journey

For Journey’s quilt, I used a printed panel by Robert Kaufmann that has the look of appliqué. I was drawn to this design because Lindsey’s theme for little Journey is butterflies. It’s even more perfect because big sis Khloe calls her “my baby princess.” Cuteness. Overload.

Butterfly crown floral hand stitched baby quilt

I quilted the entire thing by hand, and attached pre-made binding by hand. I marathon-quilted for 3 days after Journey was born so I could get it delivered by her one week birthday.

My hand was tired, y’all.

hand stitched baby quilt

It’s not perfect but I’m tickled with how it came out and it was great practice for hand-quilting.

baby quilt hand stitching close-up

I’m giving my stitching fingers a couple of weeks off and then I’ll start another quilting project. I already have it all planned.

If you quilt or want to pretend you do, you might enjoy these sweet books written around the theme. They helped fuel my newly rekindled interest. I’ve read the first two in the Cobbled Court Quilts series and just discovered there are 3 more in the series. There’s also the Elm Creek Quilts series, which has twenty-one books, though I’ve only read one so far.

I’ll be posting when I feel inspired and make no promises what the topics may be — but if you’re here, hello and thanks for reading.

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Hi Jamie. I really enjoyed your post about quilting. I started following your blog quite a few years ago, since I also homeschool and your Katherine is the same age as my oldest daughter. I enjoy your blog posts about what you and your family are up to. Well, this quilting post came at the perfect time for me. I have been reading and enjoying the Elm Creek Quilts series, and they have increased my desire to learn to quilt. The problem is, I crochet, knit, and cross stitch, and I have so many unfinished projects. However, I think I… Read more »


Oops…spelled Kathryn’s name wrong. Sorry about that. ?

Yolanda Lebron

Hello Jamie, I so miss your regular posts about your family happenings. Was hoping these would make regular appearances in my email in 2022! Your new grand baby is beautiful. Love the finished quilt. When my daughter was 5 yeas old I too attempted quilting, and although I have never read a book on the subject I would download videos on YouTube and after several leisurely months I got to finish her first quilt. Well, sadly I never picked the hobby up again and she is now 22 years old , and just recently decided on it again as I… Read more »