Baby Quilt for Alexa

A colleague at work is having her first baby soon. And what happens when a quilter finds out someone in their circle is having a baby? We make a quilt of course! When she announced she was pregnant a few months ago, my first reaction was "Yay! I have to make a baby quilt!"

She doesn't know the sex of the baby so I needed to choose pretty gender neutral fabrics for this one. Once I finalized my fabric pull, I had to choose a pattern that would showcase the super cute prints. I decided to go with Strip It Down by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory.

The pattern is for a quilt that's 48" x 60" but I wanted to make mine a little bit smaller so I wouldn't have to join pieces on the back.  I cut the "bricks" a bit shorter (7 1/2") and the solid borders a bit narrower. I think I managed to keep the "spirit" of the design intact and ended up with the perfect size for this baby quilt:  42" long by 36" wide.

For the quilting, I went with my favourite FMQ design - a big meander in Aurifil 2600 in 50wt.  I love quilting this design - it's super quick, looks awesome and after washing, leaves a wonderful texture on the quilt.

The backing is an awesome print I found at Craft de Ville.  And the binding is leftovers from other quilts.

I'm super happy with this little finish and cannot wait to give it to Alexa!

Quilt Stats:

  • Pattern:  Strip It Down by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory
  • Size: 42" x 36"
  • Fabrics: Bricks are a collection from Connecting Threads, the sashing and borders are Kona Snow and Kona Charcoal. The backing is by Robert Kaufman fabrics.
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (50 wt)
  • Recipient:  My colleague Alexa

I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Anja Quilts for TGIFF.


  1. So cute! Great prints and perfect for a gender neutral baby quilt!

  2. Great finish. Those animals are adorable.

  3. It turned out so well! What a great way to modify the pattern and celebrate your colleague's first born. :)

  4. This is gorgeous!! It's the perfect pattern for showcasing prints like this! What a wonderful gift :)

  5. Don't you love making baby quilts? Not too big that you can't finish them quickly and just big enough to make a fun pattern! You chose fun fabrics, the texty backing fabric is really great, too! Your colleague is going to love it!

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