Calling for Cuddles…

This will be my 3rd baby quilt that I have made and I am beyond convinced that I wrote about the last baby quilt I made thinking it only needed images edited and a quick re-read I can’t for the life of me find it 😦

After searching every possible place on my computer I am giving in and going to write this again, thankfully it shouldn’t be too hard since I will be making this Mario quilt at the same time, though because I have nothing to refer back to on how I did the other quilts all designs will vary slightly;)

So let’s get started!

The first two quilts I did I had picked out 3 fabrics, 1 fabric to embroider on, 1 for the patterned squares and a third for the boarder and back. This round I only choose 2 fabrics. I am using a chocolate brown to embroider on, a pink plaid for my other squares and then I am going to do the boarder in the chocolate brown and the back in the same pink plaid. Hope that isn’t too much of the same…

I am really excited to see how this quilt will look once finished, as my first two were Winnie the Pooh, classic choice where this one is a little different… this couple has chosen to do the entire nursery for their expected little girl all based of a Nintendo theme. I love the idea and can’t wait to see the mother-to-be face when she opens it!

The embroidery package that I bought was from This package came with 22 designs and I need 13 for the quilt so that gives me a lot to chose from.

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Since the other two quilts I did were both for very close friends of mine I was lucky to find out the name of the babies before they were born and was able to personalize the quilt a little more with an initial.



That isn’t the case this time since the new to be parents are keeping that little detail to themselves 😛

I guess I might just need to make Princess Peach the middle square for their soon to be princess.


Time to start cutting, if my memory serves me correctly I cut the squares to be 6.5” x 6.5” so I am going to do that again here. I will need 13 chocolate brown squares and 12 pink plaid squares.

This will give me a total of 25 squares. So I will also need to cut 25 6.5” x 6.5” squares of the batting.

I like buying the “Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting” since it is really soft and thick. It also does not contain any resins or glues. The package I bought was 45” x 60” (baby quilt size) so one package should be enough and I was lucky enough that this one was on sale this week so I got it for $16 vs the regular $22.


once you have all the plain squares embroidered it is time to get the plaid square ready. These ones are really easy, there are several ways to embroider these squares, however I know of two…

One, you can take the plaid fabric and the batting and together sew an X through the square:


Here it is from the back – you can see it much better.


That is it, quick and easy and you can fly through them.

Second you can use a free motion quilting foot, this is the first time I am trying this foot so this is a test run.

This is what the foot looks like:



Follow your machine’s instructions for attaching the free motion foot, this usually involves removing the pressure foot holder on the machine.

You will want to put your feed lever down so you can freely move the fabric around anyway you want. On my Brother this is found on the back of the machine.


This I think would take a little practice, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to draw the line you want to follow on the wrong side of the fabric. I tried doing simple loops and this is how it turned out:


Honestly I don’t love it myself, however that was just my first try and I am sure I could get better but for now I am going to stick with doing my X version 🙂

Once all the plaid pieces are ready to go it is time to start laying out the design!

I like to place all the squares out on a table, or floor if there isn’t enough room in no specific order, just make sure you start with an embroidered square and then alternate with embroidered and plaid (this will ensure an embroidered square ends up as the middle). Once I have the whole thing laid out I switch around the embroidered squares with one another until I find the layout I like best – in this case I want to make sure I don’t have the same characters multiple times side by side (like two Mario’s right by one another or two yoshi’s).

This is the design I have decided on


Now you just start sewing the squares together.

I start with individual rows, once all the squares in that row are sewn together…


move onto the next row…


once all the rows are done then I start sewing row to row:


Once all the rows are sewn together you are on the home stretch, all that is left is sewing on the border and the back.

For the border I chose to do a 2.5” wide border, I am going to do the sides first then cut the top and bottom border.


I measured the height (left side) of the quilt and got 28” so I cut my height of the border to be 28” tall and then my wanted width plus seam allowance. I did the same measurements for the right side.



For the top and bottom borders you will want to measure once the right and left borders are on as the top and bottom will be the width of the quilt plus the borders.


Here are all three final products:



I had to include this shot provided to me by my talented photographer friend of her son admireing my handy work 🙂 Such a cute photo!!!


and lastly:




I found the bear hat and bunny hat tutorials online – will have to find the source again and do a short blog on the hats – they were super simple and super cute:)

Until next time happy sewing:)


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