My sewing of late has been interrupted by summer travels and some much needed redecorating of my house. A trip to the Ponderosa Quilt Retreat with some dear friends was just what I needed to refresh my creativity and get some sewing done.

First on the agenda was a baby quilt for a new grand-niece. It’s been many years since there has been a baby in the family – this is the first of the next generation – and it is the first since I have been quilting. Naturally, I was very excited to be making baby Anna her very own quilt.

Wanting a style that was classic, simple and pretty, I chose an hourglass design and used Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial for the inspiration and the measurements.

hour glass baby quilt


I increased the size by adding one more row and one more column – a total of 8 x 10 or 80 squares that finish at 4 1/2″ each. I used ten different fabrics and cut 8 squares of each, plus 80 white squares to create the blocks.

hour glass baby quilt



I spread out the grays and darker pinks as best I could, but didn’t get too strict about the placement. It is after all a baby quilt and not a quilt show exhibit!!  I am thrilled I finally used the pink elephants from my stash and don’t even get me started on the Heather Ross strawberries!!

hour glass baby quilt



For the back, I am using this gray Moda print. This may be the first time I purchased backing fabric before I made the quilt top!

hourglass baby quilt


Little Anna is two weeks old already so I better get this quilted up and in the mail. I hope she likes it!!


Happy Sewing,