Here is a fun decorative and useful idea for a baby shower signature quilt that will hang above the changing table and hold all the little supplies such as powder, lotion and diaper pins. When your baby is older, you can use the cute little pockets to hold their stuffed animals or toys!
Kimberly Lainson

Materials needed
  • Scraps of nine different calico or plaid prints, ranging from 1/4 yard to 1/2 yard.
  • 1 yard backing fabric
  • Batting
  • Fusable Web

    16 - 3" squares (I used black)
    6 - 3"x 8-1/2" Strips - Red Plaid
    6 - 3" x 8-1/2" Strips - Black Plaid
    4 - 3" x 8-1/2" Strips - Blue Plaid
    8 - 3" x 8-1/2" Strips - Green Plaid
    9 - 8-1/2" Squares - Muslin
    Backing - 1 Piece, 35" x 35"

    Click here to download a quilt pattern. Print and enlarge to the size that fits best on your quilt.

    For the Pocket, I used a rectangle and cut off the corners on the bottom - being sure to leave 1/4" for turning the edge under when I sewed it on.

    I embroidered the word GROW using needlepoint floss (3 ply). I also embroidered the holes on the spout and the water drops, eyes, whiskers, nose and on the watering can label I embroidered:

    July 18, 1999

    Be sure to save the GROW square to put the baby's information, such as his or her name, birthday, weight and length. Don't let anyone sign this square! Use Pigma Permanent Pens and heat set your signatures.

    To make rows, lay all pieces out before stitching.

    Top row example: With right sides facing, join a red plaid with a muslin square. Add green plaid to other side then a muslin square, then green plaid, then muslin square, then red plaid. Make three rows this way, except the colors will be different on second row.

    To make lattice strips: With right sides facing together stitch first black square to plaid strip then a square, strip, etc. Make four rows this way - don't forget that the second row is different colors.

    To join rows: With right sides facing, stitch one pieced strip to top edge of a row of blocks. Continue to join rows, separated by strips n this way.

    NOTE: Be sure to press open your seams as you sew.

    Using the pattern (see applique information) Turn 1/4" around the entire pocket. Stitch the top seam then pin to the muslin square. Stitch around both sides and bottom leaving top open. I embelished the pockets with little bunnies and added a 1/2 moon with the two little bunnies sitting on it. Be creative. I also added another row to the side and bottom to make the quilter larger.

    Applique, embroider and embelish, then pin, baste, quilt and bind.

    This was a big hit at the shower and also gave the Mommy to be a wonderful keepsake momento!

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