Favorite Baby Quilt


Yep, I think this may just be one of my most favorite baby quilts I’ve made. And I love making quilts for babies, especially ones that get used and loved. It started with a Ten-Square of Shimmer 2 Coordinates from Jennifer Sampou. Oh these colors! So divine. Usually I find it difficult to work with pre-cuts, mostly because I love mixing and matching to my hearts content. I also love to have total freedom when it comes to sizes, etc. It’s good though to have some constraints this time and it felt really great to dive into this stack.




Jennifer did an amazing job with this palette. I didn’t add a single thing. I came up with this block design concept, then sewed and pieced until everything was used up! I didn’t want to over think it. I find that for me I can spend hours and hours with fabrics and designs, but its way more fun to dive in and not be sure how it’ll all come together. Lucky for me this ended up being so fun.


I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting and I love the loft and hand once it has been quilted. My kids even walked by while I was quilting it and admired how soft and cozy it was. I’m also a big believer in soft quilt backings. I think a soft backing can make all the difference! I had stashed a couple yards of this beautiful soft gray double gauze with polka dots. And it’s such a dream and the color couldn’t have been better.


I spray basted as well as adding some pinning. I didn’t have any trouble with shifting at all although I did end up blocking the quilt. I used a concentric square design that radiates from the center of the quilt. I think it’s easy for the quilt to get wobbly after quilting, so I soaked it in Soak Wash and laid it flat to dry. Worked great! I also used this same concentric square quilting for the Picnic Plaid quilt in my book.



This quilt is winging its way over to a dear friend and her new baby boy.


Pattern: none
Fabric: Shimmer 2 Coordinate 10-Square by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics,
backing is Kokochi Double Gauze in Gray Dots

Shimmer2 Baby Quilt by Anna Graham

25 thoughts on “Favorite Baby Quilt

  1. Caitlin T. says:

    This is such a gorgeous quilt! Those blocks are perfect for the Ten Square!

  2. This looks great. I like having a lot of choice with fabric too, but I agree that sometimes it’s nice to do something simple.

  3. LeAnn Frobom says:

    Love that quilt — and all your close straight-line quilting. Cool!

  4. Monica Kostak says:

    Love the pattern, and the quilting fits the style! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Doreen says:

    Oh formidable, I love Triangle-Quilts !!
    Nice colours !

    Liebgruß Doreen

  6. This is perfect! I love the colors and the way the triangles come together. I bet the baby boy will be very happy with it, and his mother even more!

  7. Kelly cullinane says:

    This is amazing!!! Such a beautiful quilt… I would love to make something like this but have no idea how! X

  8. erin says:

    girl. amazing!

  9. Heather says:

    I love that quilt so so so much. If you make a pattern for it I’d be the first in line!!!!

  10. Mary Ann says:

    Yes, I vote pattern too! It’s so nice to have a simple go to pattern for the stashed precuts. This is an great quilt!

  11. jennifer says:

    My job is to put color and design together, I’ve been doing this for 25 years. Due to my overflowing plate of studio work, I don’t always play with what choices I have made so to see this fantastic quilt up on your blog is like Christmas for me… a gift you have given me, with just pictures and words. Thanks Anna. You are a bright spot in our industry and a definite trend leader.

  12. This is so beautiful!!! It really makes me want to finally finish a quilt. 🙂

  13. Karen says:

    Lucky baby boy!

  14. Laurel says:

    I can see why you’re so happy with it – it’s gorgeous!! Great mix of colors! I love the quilting too and almost copied it for my picnic plaid quilt. 😉

  15. diane b says:

    Anna, your quilt is truly stunning in Shimmer II! Very trendy. Love Jennifer Sampou’s pallete in all her collections. I’m assuming you just cut the 10″ squares into HST and quarter square triangles……..how easy.
    What a lucky baby boy to receive your quilt:)

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Diane! Didn’t really do that method exactly because of the limited amount of squares and I wanted the most variety of combinations. I made HSTs then cut them in half and sewed them to solid squares, mixing up each cut HST with each solid. Hope that sort of makes sense. I used all but 2 solid squares and 3 HSTs, ended up at about 50″ square.

  16. libby says:

    fantastic. i agree that baby quilts are the best! i just finished one, and had such a hard time parting with it. yours is stunning.

  17. Heather says:

    So cute! And love the colors! Lucky baby 🙂

  18. elena says:

    I really love how it looks. It’s hypnotic

  19. Camilla says:

    Love it! Is the quilting a square spiral or each square alone inside each other? Did you start in the middle or at the edges? It looks gorgeous, simple and stylish!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment. It’s a spiral, so starting in the center and not stopping. 🙂

  20. dana says:

    gorgeous Anna! Love the colors, shapes, and the quilting.

  21. Cindy says:

    This is just gorgeous! I love the colors and the quilting – just beautiful!

  22. Clare says:

    It really is superb!

  23. Amanda Jean says:

    This quilt is absolutely stunning, Anna! It’s simply perfect! The recipients are lucky! I totally agree about the color palette…it’s spot on.

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