handprinted baby quilt


This quilt started with my hope of showing off a few wonderful handprinted fabrics I had received from Cloth Fabrics. Then I thought it might be a good opportunity to incorporate a few of my other handprinted fabrics I’d collected along the way.


I made up large improv log cabin/square in square type blocks, showing off a fun handprinted fabric in the center of each (in all but one square – I see now that one of the blocks started out with a quilting weight Lotta Jansdotter print instead!). The blocks are on the larger size at 15″ square, so I didn’t need too many to make up a baby quilt.


On the back, I used up some of the larger leftover solid pieces, along with just a few printed pieces tossed in for fun.


Since one of the handprinted fabrics featured a print that looks like Elizabeth’s dogwood quilting, I decided to go for it again and use that type of quilting here. I love how it gives the quilt great texture, but doesn’t detract from the blocks on the front.


A few of you asked about using handprinted fabrics in your quilts, so I thought I’d tell you my experiences. Many of these handprinted fabrics are printed on a heavier weight base cloth, and wouldn’t typically be what I would choose to quilt with. However, I went for it anyway since they were being mixed in with regular quilting weight cottons. It does make for some bulkier seams, and a bit of a stiffer quilt (though I used mainly softer fabrics on the backing and used a lighter weight batting to try to offset that). Additionally, I did experience a bit of fading on a few of the handprinted fabrics after washing. I tend to expect that from handprinted fabrics, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind if you’re adding them to a quilt you expect to wash frequently.

Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

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17 Responses to handprinted baby quilt

  1. 1
    Kathleen says:

    Love the color combinations.

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    Ann says:

    I love the colour saturation in this quilt. Another terrific finish by film in the fridge. Thanks for keeping me inspired Ashley.

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    Jill says:

    Oh! Lovely earthy, rich colours. Blow the ‘baby’ quilt! This big girl wants to have a quilt like this. Ditto the previous comment…thanks for the inspiration!

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    Caroline says:

    The fabric is gorgeous and you truly did it justice with this quilt!

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    Elise Lea says:

    I love the colors of this quilt and the design on the back can stand all on its own. Spectacular.

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    Samantha says:

    Beautiful job! Thanks for supporting indie textile designers! I also love the HR Roses incorporated in the quilt.

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    Kathy says:

    This is just gorgeous!

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    Tamie says:

    This is really beautiful.

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    Mary says:

    I absolutely love this, the colours are just beautiful. I think any fading you experience from the hand printed fabrics just lends to a nice vintage feel.

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    karen says:

    Oh my, your color combo here is genius to me!! I just took a handprinting class with Lotta at Quilt Con. That combined with seeing this beautiful quilt makes me want to get started with my own prints soon. Amazing!

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    Great Quilt, never thought about collecting hand printed, how did you start that. the Quilt is amazing.

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    zeti says:

    Hi Ashley, did you machine binding or hand stitch the binding?

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    Caitlin T. says:

    This looks great! I love that you used hand-printed fabrics. I’m hoping to incorporate some in my quilts this year. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sondra says:

    A beauty, love the fabrics, great design.

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    Denise Bander says:

    Experience sewist, but new to qulting. I am learning a lot from the wonderful work people post online, so first of all, thanks for sharing your work.

    I have been admiring a lot of quilts and this one reallytakes the cake! I have never seen a design like this, so I imagine you improvised. Does it ever “work”! The colors are also inspired. Did you mention this was from a pre-cut?

    Truly a work of art.

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