Baby Color Stack Quilt – new pattern

Few things gratify me more than gifting quilts I’ve made.  If that quilt is for a beautiful little baby, then it’s even better.  The Baby Color Stack quilt is a modern quilt pattern which is fast and fun to make.  It’s a perfect gift for the bundle of joy on it’s way to the arms of someone you love.

Baby Color Stack quilt at

As I write this post I sit curled up under my original Color Stack Quilt.  It makes me smile to see so many colors and favorite fabrics together.  The Baby Color Stack quilt is no different.  This year has been the year of the boy among my friends and family members and I wanted to make something for them with a modern, yet simple, design and good color sense.

binding on baby color stack quilt by Hopeful Homemaker

I re-worked the measurements for the original design so the block would look good on a small quilt.  I love how it looks, with so many shades of blue, gray, black, brown, and green plus a bit of yellow and orange to pull it together.

Baby Color Stack quilt pattern available at

The Baby Color Stack quilt measures 38″ x 45″.  The pattern is available in my Etsy shop, bundled with the original Color Stack pattern for just $5.  Download the pattern today!  Please note, the Baby Color Stack pattern is only available in the pattern download.  It is not included in my original Color Stack tutorial.

perfect stripes for baby quilt at

For the quilting I opted for straight lines by ditch-stitching the vertical seams because I didn’t want any quilting to compete with the fabrics as they worked together.

baby color stack quilt from pattern at Made by Jennifer Harrison

The backing is a print from the Katie Jump Rope collection by Denyse Schmidt, and the binding is an Alexander Henry heath print in a gorgeous vivid blue.

closeup of binding on quilt by Jennifer Harrison at

I have already made a few different versions of this quilt.  It’s my new go-to pattern for baby quilts.  I enjoy choosing the fabrics and I can finish the quilt in as little as a day, making it a fast (and last-minute) option for gifting.  Download the pattern today and you’ll be ready for your next baby gift!

Color Stack {a finished quilt}

My Color Stack quilt is back from the quilter and finished in time to enjoy during the fall season.  I am grateful for this quilt.  It captures my love of color and also brings back memories of making it.  The exercise of pulling fabrics to try different combinations, looking for the unexpected pairs, was healthy and freeing for me.  I might make another!

Color Stack Quilt by Hopeful Homemaker

Fall is a celebration of color and this quilt perfectly captures it.  You will find my free tutorial for making your own here.  Additionally, you can download the full-color pattern in my Etsy shop for just a few dollars.  I’m excited to announce that I’ve re-worked the pattern to add a second option for a Baby Color Stack quiltThe instructions for the baby quilt are only in the pattern on Craftsy.  Two patterns for $5.00 is an amazing deal!

Color Stack quilt at

Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting quilted this for me in a succulent clamshell pattern, and the design was larger than I pictured when I dropped it off.  I was delighted to see it finished – I love it more than I expected and the large scale is perfect for this quilt!

succulent clamshell quilting on Color Stack quilt

I couldn’t resist a flannel backing on this quilt.  A bright pink woodgrain won out, making this a particularly soft and cozy quilt.

bright pink woodgrain flannel for quilt back -

Another picture because I just can’t help it.  I mean, look at all that happy color!

Color Stack quilt pattern available at

My decision on binding fabric wasn’t easy.  I had several options I really liked but in the end I selected the black and white because it echoes the skinny black and white strips in the quilt.

black and white binding at

The Color Stack quilt is beautiful and easy to make.  Use pre-cut jelly rolls or push yourself and choose colors of your own.  It’s a great pattern for a last-minute quilt.  Get your pattern today!

Color Stack quilt at

Happy Sewing,

Rin Quilt: A finished quilt top

My Rin quilt top is completed and I am pleased.  These blocks were enjoyable to stitch and went with me as my hand sewing project for many months and to many places, including the beach.  I love how unique this quilt pattern is with it’s simple yet bold design.  I enjoyed mixing the various sizes of scallops and circles in my blocks.

rin quilt top by Hopeful Homemaker

As I’ve noted before, this is a quilt pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.  I have made many of her patterns in the last year or two, including:  Catenary, Collection, Botanics, and Aerial Grove. All of these quilts are applique, so I hand stitched each one until it was time to join the blocks together with my sewing machine.  The Rin quilt was no different.  I enjoyed selecting fabrics from my stash to use in this quilt, including many Carolyn Friedlander prints I had saved.

Rin quilt top by Jennifer Harrison

Sewing concave circles is quite easy for me and I am usually happy with the outcome.  Convex curves are another story.  I struggle more with my applique skills on the convex curves, so this project was both challenging and relaxing at times.  I still have much to learn about needle turn applique!  Carolyn’s pattern writing style is unlike most other patterns I’ve used.  It takes focus to understand the instructions but execution is simple.

Rin Quilt top, stitched by Jennifer Harrison at

I find I spend a lot of time waiting in the car for my children, especially before and after their sports events, and it is nice to have something I enjoy doing while I wait for them.  It also helps me avoid feeling impatient with coaches who never end on time!

Rin quilt blocks, hopeful homemaker

This will be fun to quilt!  I was originally unsure of my plan but I have decided that straight line quilting would look great with this pattern.  I look forward to finishing it on my new Juki TL-2010Q machine which quilts like a dream.


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