Super-cute baby quilts, 3 easy ways (+ fabric giveaway!)

Baby quilts from Nap and Nod

Need an easy baby-quilt pattern to sew in time for the shower—even if it’s less than a week away? Or do you want to pamper a new baby with a beautiful quilt that can be cherished and kept for years to come?

Nap and NodNo need to choose one or the other—you can do both with the sweet quilts in Nap and Nod.

Two-time author Myra Harder pairs up today’s fresh fabrics with classic quilt blocks, personalized monograms, and plush fabrics for a trio of ways to make fun baby quilts for the little ones you love.

Never worked with plush or Cuddle fabrics? Myra’s technique is a cinch. She’ll show you how to machine appliqué with Cuddle, using cottons as a stable base. Just wait until you bestow a quilt with fluffy Cuddle fabric on a lucky baby—it will instantly become his or her favorite blankie!

Today Myra shares details about her new book…and why it took her ten years to write it. Welcome, Myra!

Shannon FabricsFABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Myra uses Cuddle from Shannon fabrics in Nap and Nod. So our friends at Shannon Fabrics have generously donated TWO of their Wee Ones’ “Sweet Dreams” Cuddle fabric kits to give away to you—one pink and one blue!

Cuddle kits from Shannon Fabrics

Find out how you can win a Cuddle kit plus a copy of Nap and Nod at the bottom of this post. (Enter for a second chance to win a book and kit at the Shannon Fabrics blog!)

Myra HarderI love designing quilts. Every new fabric collection, family event, or newsstand magazine gives me ideas. In my studio are countless pieces of paper with doodles of quilts I dream of making. However, there was a time when I couldn’t think of a single baby-quilt idea. It was when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. (If you want to know the whole story, make sure you read the introduction to Nap and Nod.)

I was overwhelmed by self-inflicted pressure to make the perfect baby quilt. But now that I’ve had a decade without that pressure, I’ve been able to think about all the great baby quilts I can make for others. Nap and Nod lets me share my ideas, and hopefully inspire others.

I wanted there to be quilts in the book that would appeal to different types of quilters. A quarter of the quilts are based on traditional blocks, such as the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern used for “Picking Pansies” (below). No matter how old these designs are, they still look stunning in today’s nurseries.

Picking Pansies quilt
“Picking Pansies”

Another quarter of the quilts are designed to personalize with monograms. Once Baby’s old enough to learn her letters, she’ll be proudly showing off her initial on her quilt.

Sandbox quilt

It was when I was designing the last half of the projects that my creative skills went in a whole new direction. I started making my “Gummy Bears” quilt using the traditional needle-turn method, but I struggled to sew smooth curves.

Gummy Bears quilt
“Gummy Bears”

Then, when I spied a few small pieces of Cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics tucked in a corner of my studio, suddenly all the dots connected. I could use soft plush fabric for the bears and machine stitch them with raw-edge appliqué. I loved it! Using bright, beautiful Cuddle fabrics is fast and so easy that even a beginner can do it with confidence.

Twinkle, Twinkle quilt
“Twinkle, Twinkle”

A few simple tricks makes working with Cuddle fabrics a delight, and you’ll find my tips inside Nap and Nod.

I ran my ideas past some new moms. They were so excited to have a touch of soft plush to wrap around their little ones. Their approval was all I needed to know that I’d accomplished my goal.

I hope you’ll enjoy making these quilts as much as you enjoy the little ones who’ll be wrapped in them as they nap and nod.

Thanks for sharing your adorable quilts with us today, Myra! You can find Myra online at her website.

Buy the print copy of Nap and Nod today and instantly download the eBook for free. Or, buy the eBook by itself and save $8.00. See all 12 quilts from the book here.

For a chance to win a copy of Nap and Nod PLUS a Cuddle kit from Shannon Fabrics, answer this question in the comments:

Sewing with plush fabrics: are you starting with baby steps, teetering like a toddler, or taking strong strides?

We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let winners know they’ve won by email. Good luck, and remember: there’s another chance to win a book and kit at the Shannon Fabrics blog!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Sally and krafty kc.

Sally said, “I love the cuddle fabric!!! I have never sewn with it but would love to! I’m probably considered an intermediate sewer with lots of enthusiasm! Have just recently semi-retired so I have more time for my love of sewing, machine embroidery, quilting, etc!! I am anxious to try new things! The cuddle fabric would be one! Thanks for this possible opportunity!”

krafty kc said, “I’ve not sewn with plush fabrics yet, but I’ll skip the baby steps and just dive right in. Love the ideas in the book!”

Sally and krafty kc, we’ll email you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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