Vintage Baby Quilt

Vintage Baby Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Vintage Baby Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I am so excited I got this quilt done before this little guy makes his entrance into the world!

I posted about this quilt back in February,
and I really appreciated all of your comments and suggestions!

I decided to go with a cotton fabric backing because I was scared to death of quilting with the minky fabric. I know the quilt won’t be as soft, but maybe I can tackle that skill when I have a little bit more experience.

This quilt was made from the pattern, Vintage Baby Throw.

I used fabrics from the line Pure by Sweetwater for Moda. As well as Flannel Brown Cowboy Dots from Wanna Be A Cowboy 2 by Riley Blake, and Houndstooth from Man’s Best Friend by Henry Glass. I also used some Brown and White minky dot fabric.

Vintage Baby Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Vintage Baby Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I quilted by stitching along the seams of the fabrics on top.
I did this so the quilt would keep a little bit of it’s fluffiness.

And I have a great story for you!
(Pregnancy brain is so wonderful!)

A long time ago I bought a walking foot specifically for this quilt. This foot has sat unopened under about three unfinished projects on my desk for months.

I started to stitch through the quilt sandwich and the fabric kept puckering and it was looking pretty awful. I started feeling discouraged and was wishing there was something that would help with the puckering.

About a quarter of the way through quilting, I remembered there is such a thing, and that I bought it! And it was sitting on my desk! πŸ˜€

Sewing with this walking foot made me one of the happiest women in the world that night.

If you don’t know, a walking foot is a foot with its own feed dogs to move the top layer of fabric, while the machine’s feed dogs move the bottom layer. The walking foot prevents the top layer of fabric from shifting by moving it under the needle at the same rate as the machine’s feed dogs are moving the bottom layer, preventing puckering and pleating of the layers.

I think I may have been able to do the minky fabric,
if I remembered that I had a walking foot. πŸ™‚

I got mine on Amazon and made sure that it would work with my machine.
I love it, and if you want to quilt, you would probably love it, too.

I have a few more baby projects to get finished and some fun Easter bows!

Let’s hope this baby boy cooperates and lets me finish them. πŸ™‚

If you have a fun Easter bow you’d like to show off, send me a picture at We’d love to feature it!

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  1. Posted April 15, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Wow! That is gorgeous! What a lucky little guy:)

  2. Erin
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I just finished the tag blanket you emailed and used the minky fabric and had bunching issues too! I just thought it was because it’s my first sewing machine experience. I’ve got to have this walking foot πŸ™‚ Beautiful quilt btw!

    • Shirley
      Posted April 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      If you get one and use it on the minky fabric, let me know how it goes! I haven’t tried it with the minky, but what it did for the quilt was amazing. I wish I had it much sooner!

  3. Brittany
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Your baby is so lucky to have such a cute quilt and such a sweet mama! πŸ™‚

  4. Laurie Miller
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m interested in the measurements of the blocks. Is that something you might be willing to share?

    • Posted December 16, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Hi Laurie! Thank you for your question. The best way to get the measurements for this cute baby quilt is to buy the pattern. We are actually sold out of this pattern, but you could find one by searching “Kati Cupcake, Vintage Baby Throw” online. Because this is a copyrighted pattern, we would not be able to give exact dimensions of the quilt blocks. I am sorry Laurie. I hope you can find what you are looking for! Thank you again for your question. Have a wonderful day! Michelle πŸ™‚

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