Patchwork Essentials: Radiant Baby Quilt

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

One of my goals for this year is to stitch up old works in progress and leftover blocks. For my book, I made a block and in some cases an entire second quilt top of each design as a suggested variation. This means from that exercise alone I have 12 completely different blocks/quilt tops to work through. This project is my first to use up one of those variations.

Lucky for me, the single variation block I made for my Radiant quilt in Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle, was pretty big to begin with. I decided to turn it into a baby quilt!

© 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.

Here is the original Radiant Quilt from the book. I used lots of long-hoarded black and white prints in addition to a rainbow of colored prints. The color scheme was inspired by this pillow I made a few years ago for a swap.

I added some half-square triangles with a single fabric, to subtlety continue the design of the block and make it larger. It's difficult to see in the finished quilt photos, but in person I think it really adds something extra.

I didn't think about it until later on, but this quilt design is in the color chapter of the book. Each quilt in this chapter is focused on how the colors you use on either half impact the look of the quilt. It's sort of funny that I happy to experiment with single color half-square triangles on a quilt within that chapter!

I wanted the quilt to be nice and soft, so I kept the quilting minimal. I used a thread to match the background solid.

I used a long-stashed floral for the backing, it happened to be the perfect match. It's bound up in more of the background fabric, so that the prints on the front really pop. I didn't the binding to take away from that.

I had to make a drawstring bag to gift it in of course. I used more of the same floral for the main body of the bag. I even had colored ties to match, so it was really meant to be. This is the Artist size from my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. It's a great size to hold a baby quilt.

Another goal of mine this year is to build up a stash of baby quilts. Instead of adding this quilt to that stash, I decided to finish it for Natalie's sweet baby girl. The colors reminded me so much of Natalie, I couldn't get it out of my head. I'm happy this quilt went to a good home!

Happy Quilting!


  1. So pretty! I just finished the flimsy for my version of your Radiant Quilt and now I'm thinking I'd like to try the baby quilt!

  2. I love this baby quilt! The solid blue background fabric is just perfect. I, too, have resolved to build up a stash of baby quilts, but I just can't seem to keep up with all the babies who keep getting born before I finish their quilts!


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