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Dresden Baby Quilt with Prairie Points

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My husband’s cousin and her husband just had their first child (a girl) in mid-May. Lena, the baby’s mom, is a bit traditional, but she is also in her early 20s so I wanted to give her a traditional baby quilt with a modern “pop.” The baby’s room is green and yellow, so those colors became my inspiration for the color palette for this quilt.

I thought a Dredsen quilt was the perfect choice and found some really sweet fabrics in my stash – flowers and dots in green, yellow, blue, and red. I chose a red with white dot fabric from the Delilah collection by Tanya Whelan  for Free Spirit (also in my stash) for the centers of the Dresdens and for the cornerstones.

AltheasQuilt.Front.Detail0001The solids in this quilt are from Cotton Couture: Candlelight (yellow) and Bright White. The green border is a print from True Colors by Heather Bailey.

I used Fig Tree’s easy piecing method for Dresden Plate blocks (which comes from their Little Lollies pattern which you can find here). This is a super simple way to make this block. I straight-line, top stitched the dresdens and centers to the background fabric about an 1/8th” from the edges.

AltheasQuilt.OnRail0001I decided I really wanted to make Prairie Points for this quilt – something I have never done! And it seemed destined I do so when I saw that the Fat Quarter Shop’s notion of the month was the Quick Point Rulers. I chose the 2″ X 4″ ruler for my quilt…and watched the video on how to use the ruler before cutting. I am here to tell you, this is THE simplest way to make Prairie Points…accurate, fast, and easy. I decided on two fabrics – both from the Delilah Collection by Tanya Whelan: the red with white dot and the white with red dot.

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Here is what the Prairie Point strips look like before being added to the quilt:

AltheasQuilt.PrairiePointsBefore applying0001The back is a soft yellow Minky dimple dot – just like butter and perfect for a baby!

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I quilted this one very simply with echo quilting and straight lines, which is best seen from the back.

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The quilt measures 44″ X 44″

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I was very, very happy to be able to gift this on in person during our trip across the country…

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Are you ready for cute baby photos??!?

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5 Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Gorgeous baby and quilt! Nothing better than a tiny one to hold:-)

  2. Les in NE says:

    What a gorgeous quilt! And a very sweet little baby. What fun you must’ve had!

  3. Ti says:

    I know nothing about quilting but the edging…border… that makes the quilt if you ask me. Are those the prairie points the title refers to?

  4. Your quilt is almost as beautiful as that precious baby.

  5. susan says:

    Cute baby photos! Wow what a head of hair. Pretty quilt.