Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Melody Rose Pillow Quilt

There are two things you should know about this quilt … 

1) It's the first quilt I ever made and 
2) It was created for my beautiful great-niece who turns 2-years-old today.

After my interest in sewing and embroidery had been revived, the birth of this wonderful child seemed like the perfect time to try my hand at quilting. I wanted to make something girly and sweet for her and planned to start with a center square embroidered with her name and birth year.

Which was a terrific idea, in theory, until I added the lace and the square puckered. *sigh* 

Which led to my Hubby's brilliant solution of turning the center square into a stuffed pillow to lay her little head on. I love that man!

I made a small pillow back, leaving an opening for stuffing, and hand-stitched it onto the back of the square …

Stuffed it with polyfill and whip stitched the opening shut …

From that point on, I cut and seamed patchwork, learning as I went about joining seams and pressing. I made 5" squares and have been in love with charm squares ever since.

Adding borders, quilting, making and attaching binding -- I even ordered a special walking foot for my 1969 Bernina 707 that has been invaluable ...

The finished quilt has this puffy little pillow in the center …

And an embroidered quilt label on the back …

Aunt Janie loves you, Melody Rose … Happy 2nd Birthday!



  1. What a sweet gift! Happy birthday Melody!

    Thanks for linking up!

  2. That is a wonderful quilt never mind it being your first as well! Beautiful and Happy Birthday Melody!

  3. That is such a sweet quiltm and fun story! I love the pillow in the center!

  4. Oh my goodness, she's adorable and the sweetness of the quilt looks like you captured the perfect match.

  5. Happy Birthday to Melody! What a lovely gift!!

  6. What a cutie pie! Happy birthday to little Melody, I'm sure she loves this quilt you made for her and will cherish all the thought you put into it for a long time to come :) Thanks for linking up to Quilty Flashback Friday!

  7. What a beautiful gift. The pillow centre is fabulous! I've not been interested in using the lettering on my sewing machine until I saw your have inspired me!


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