Adorable applique animals for baby, take 2 (special giveaway!)



Are you ready for a dose of downright darling baby quilts?

There’s only one thing that can take baby-appliqué quilts to the tippity-top level of sweetness: a dash of appliqué animals.

“Sweet Tweets” from Animal Parade 2

See what we mean? Sew very sweet!

You’ll smile at the happy hedgehogs, rambunctious raccoons, precious piglets, and other animated animals that steal the spotlight in all-new baby quilts from the author of the best-seller Animal Parade.

Turtle-Tale-blockAs in her first book, designer Cheri Leffler combines simple patchwork backgrounds with endearing animal scenes in Animal Parade 2. You can appliqué using the needle-turn method or quick-and-easy fusible web—you’ll find instructions for both in the book.

Bestow one of these precious animal quilts upon a little one you love. Watch their eyes sparkle with delight. Then bring on the hugs!

Today Cheri is a guest writer at Stitch This!, here to tell you all about her adorable new book. Welcome Cheri!

But first…

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Valdani Threads have given us a box of their “Animal Parade 2” Designer Collection perle cotton as a giveaway prize! The collection is curated by none other than Cheri Leffler herself.


Enter to win the perle cotton pack and a copy of Animal Parade 2 at the bottom of this post.

Cheri-LefflerWhen I finished my first book, Animal Parade, I knew there were more animal quilts I wanted to design. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Sometimes I’m inspired by people’s suggestions. Sometimes I see a new fabric collection and I immediately know what I’ll do with it.

Until my family’s recent move, I worked in a quilt shop. When I opened a new shipment of fabric and saw the fabric I used in my “Pachyderm Pals” quilt, I immediately knew I had to make an elephant quilt. I saw elephants squirting water out of their trunks when I looked at the fabric.

“Pachyderm Pals” from
Animal Parade 2

I was inspired to make “Masked Mischief” when my dad told me about his losing battle of trying to keep raccoons out of his bird feeder. I had so much fun showing him the quilt and telling him that I made it in his honor. I’m not sure he thought it was as funny as I did.

“Masked Mischief” from
Animal Parade 2

Detail-of-Hoppy-Trails-baby-quiltIn all my designs, I strive to make friendly looking animals. I usually accomplish that by adding a few subtle stitches of embroidery. Sometimes it’s only a sparkle in an eye or a smile on an animal’s face. I began using Valdani 12-weight perle cotton several years ago. I love it for several reasons. You don’t need to separate strands as you do with embroidery floss, and it’s hand dyed, so the color variations give your embroidery more life and movement.

I love piecing and I love appliqué, but when they’re combined, they just make something special. In designing these quilts, I try to keep the piecing simple enough that beginning quilters can confidently make them. Adding the appliqué makes the quilt unforgettable.

“Turtle Tale” quilt from
Animal Parade 2

See all 10 animal quilts for baby—and for little and big kids too! >

Animal Parade 2Thanks for sharing your new book with us, Cheri!

Are the baby quilts you’ve made of the utilitarian or heirloom variety? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Animal Parade 2 AND the designer perle-cotton pack from Valdani Threads! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Can’t wait to surprise a baby or child you love with a quilt from Animal Parade 2? Pick the book up at your local quilt shop or order it at

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Kris, who says:

“I like to make both kinds of baby quilts. I like to make soft, highly usable quilts with animal print fabrics, and I enjoy making beautiful quilts parents can use for special occasions and for photographs. But I have not yet made any appliqué animals on my quilts. I will definitely need to soon, these baby animal appliqués are adorable!!”

Kris, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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