You’re invited: a baby-quilt blog tour! (+ giveaway)

Detail of Tiny Textured Trees quilt
Detail from The Birdhouse Quilt
You’re right on time! So glad you could make it to our Modern Baby baby shower—a blog tour featuring sweet, cuddly quilts for babies on the way (or those who’ve just recently arrived). Follow along for the next two weeks as some of today’s hottest designers share their favorite baby stories, introduce you to their modern baby-quilt designs, and reveal the inspiration behind their adorable quilts.

As you visit each blogger on their tour day, be sure to comment for your chance to win a copy of the Modern Baby eBook—there’ll be 13 chances to win!

Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or someone who just Googled “how to make a baby-quilt blanket,” you’ll discover delightful projects in Modern Baby to finish in time for the baby shower. Let’s learn a little about these popular designers and their latest baby quilts!


Busy Blocks quilt “Busy Blocks” • Shea Anderson
Shea is owner of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a former middle-school math teacher turned pattern designer—two careers that are, surprisingly, not so different from each other! When not designing, Shea can be found raising two preschoolers with her husband, or sewing with her fellow members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, of which she is president and cofounder. Visit Shea’s blog on Friday, April 19.
“Marbles” • Jake Finch
Jake has been addicted to fabric since she could say, “Mine!” The author of four books and a contributor to numerous others, Jake has been a designer and teacher for many years. With the support of fellow fabric addicts, Jake is also the creator and publisher of Generation Q, an online and print magazine that celebrates creative stitching, especially quilts. Jake lives in Southern California with her husband, 11-year-old daughter, five cats, and six fish. Visit Jake at the Generation Q blog on Monday, April 22.
Marbles quilt

Floating Pyramid and Vertigo quilts
“Floating Pyramid” and “Vertigo” • Audrie Bidwell

Born in Singapore and raised in Australia, Audrie found quilting after she moved to the United States. Quilting was the perfect outlet for her creativity and has led her to a community she is proud to be part of. Audrie loves working with bright colors and drawing inspiration from traditional designs. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two Ragdoll kitties. Audrie is also a contributor to Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe. Visit Audrie’s blog on Tuesday, April 23.


“Tiny Textured Trees” • Carolyn Friedlander
Carolyn designs quilts and fabric from her hometown of Lake Wales, Florida, where she draws inspiration from features of the Florida landscape, as well as the architecture, history, and cultural identity of St. Louis, Missouri, where she studied and practiced architecture for several years. Visit Carolyn’s blog on Wednesday, April 24.
Tiny Textured Trees quilt
Daddy's Little Girl quilt “Daddy’s Little Girl” • Melissa Corry
Once Melissa discovered the virtual quilting community, what was once a hobby grew to a business, Happy Quilting. Melissa started doing tutorials on her blog, which then expanded into selling her own patterns, which in turn led to being a contributor to this book. Visit Melissa’s blog on Thursday, April 25.
“Fractured Hexagons” • Jen Eskridge
Jen has been quilting and sewing for more than half her life. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in apparel design and is the owner of ReannaLily Designs. She’s published many patterns as well as two books, including her latest, Hexagons Made Easy. Visit Jen’s blog on Friday, April 26.
Fractured Hexagons quilt
Modern Shapes Sampler quilt “Modern Shapes Sampler” • Sarah Flynn
Sarah lives in Cork, Ireland, with her husband and children. Despite a strong family tradition of crafting, she only started sewing in 2008, and quilting in 2010. She immediately fell in love with modern quilting and soon began experimenting with her own designs. She is now an unrepentant quilting and fabric addict! Visit Sarah’s blog on Monday, April 29.
“Bubbles” • Dana Bolyard
Dana has blogged since 2007, finding it the perfect platform for cultivating a creative life. She likes that blogging allows her to put a date stamp on what matters to her at any given moment—whether it relates to motherhood, quilting, soap making, photography, or simply the average daily routine. Documenting the quilts she makes is an added bonus! Visit Dana’s blog on Tuesday, April 30.
Bubbles quilt
Cross Weave quilt “Cross Weave” • Amy Smart
Growing up, Amy learned to sew from her mom, but it wasn’t until she had her first baby that she really started quilting with a vengeance. In 2008, she started her own blog and enjoys connecting with the online quilting community. Behind the scenes, Amy’s a wife to a patient husband, as well as mom to four active kids. The family lives in Utah. Visit Amy’s blog on Wednesday, May 1.
“The Birdhouse Quilt” • Carrie Bloomston
Carrie is an artist, designer, abstract painter, and sewist. After studying painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, she owned a mural-painting business for 16 years. Now, when not hanging out with her kids and husband, she is wearing a bunch of hats for her new sewing-pattern company, SUCH Designs. “My goal is to help people to sew simple, artful stuff,” Carrie says. “Think of me as your inner-artist enabler!” Visit Carrie’s blog on Thursday, May 2.
The Birdhouse Quilt
Star Light Star Bright quilt “Star Light, Star Bright” • Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Victoria wanted to be part of a community of quilters who were making quilts that excited her, so she started her own blog. She also maintains 15MinutesPlay.com, a place where she describes her process for designing unique quilts. Victoria recently won Best of Show for her “Double Edged Love” quilt at QuiltCon. Visit Victoria’s blog on Friday, May 3.
“Square Dance” • Lindsey Rhodes
Lindsey was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up always dabbling in something crafty. She taught herself to sew at the age of 16 after inheriting an old Singer sewing machine. Her grandmother had written Lindsey’s name on the underside of the machine, and that small gesture sparked an enduring love of sewing, quilting, and design. Lindsey lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two small children. Visit Lindsey’s blog on Monday, May 6.
Square Dance quilt
Jazzed-Up Tumbling Blocks quilt “Jazzed-Up Tumbling Blocks” • Pippa Eccles Armbrester
Pippa has a fondness for geometric designs and colorful solid fabrics, focusing on patterns that balance the tradition of quilting with a whimsical approach. She lives and works in Boston with her husband, Kyle, and her tiny teacup poodle, Martin. Pippa is also the author of Solids, Stripes, Circles, and Squares. Visit Pippa’s blog on Tuesday, May 7.

Modern BabyHere’s your first chance on the tour to win a copy of the Modern Baby eBook! Tell us about a baby quilt you’ve made (or are planning to make) in the comments and you’ll be entered to win. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Audrey, who writes:

“Baby has never been so lucky to be covered with these wonderfully modern quilts. I am finishing a baby quilt for a friend’s newest wee one who will arrive today. Like the last few baby quilts, I have taken a traditional design,a four patch, updated the fabrics with the addition of lots of light and I have slashed and inserted light areas. Love those areas to practise my machine quilting and seal in my love for the newest one. The upcoming blog tour should be fun. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.”

Audrey, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!

Coming up on the Modern Baby blog tour:

Friday, April 19: Shea Henderson at Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio
Monday, April 22: Jake Finch at Generation Q Magazine
Tuesday, April 23: Audrie Bidwell at Blue Is Bleu
Wednesday, April 24: Carolyn Friedlander at Carolyn Friedlander
Thursday, April 25: Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting
Friday, April 26: Jen Eskridge at ReannaLily Designs
Monday, April 29: Sarah Flynn at Fairy Face Designs
Tuesday, April 30: Dana Bolyard at Old Red Barn Co.
Wednesday, May 1: Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
Thursday, May 2: Carrie Bloomston at Such Designs
Friday, May 3: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Bumble Beans Inc.
Monday, May 6: Lindsey Rhodes at LR Stitched
Tuesday, May 7: Pippa Eccles Armbrester at Pippa Quilts


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