Vintage Bear Paw Baby Quilt + Pillow

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Happy Wednesday! I finally took photos of my vintage bear paw baby quilt that I made back in October, so that's what I'm sharing today!

This was a quilt I never actually intended to make. When I picked up my vintage bear paw blocks last year, I ended up having a marathon cutting session and cut way too many blocks. I used 30 blocks to make my throw quilt, see my post about that quilt here: Vintage Bear Paw Quilt. After that I had 10 blocks left, so I decided to use 9 for a baby quilt and then also make a pillow!

The main colors I cut too many of were green and pink! So this baby quilt has a lot of green and pink in it. Some of these blocks don't have a lot of contrast, so it doesn't photograph the greatest, but it's really soft in person. It's also soft to the touch of course, because of the vintage sheets.

I had a just the right size cut of this green vintage sheet to use as the backing. It's one of my favorites. You can see the quilting best from the back, I did something a little different. A twist on my usual wavy quilting, I quilted a wavy crosshatch! I think it really goes well with the retro design of the backing fabric.

For the binding, I used the same fabric as the backing. I was so pleased, I was able to cut all the binding strips from the wide top hem of the sheet! Felt extra thrifty. Also I kind of love using the same fabric for the backing and binding on a quilt. It's a look!

Used one of my custom woven labels again. I've been really consistent with labeling my quilts lately!

Please forgive these photos, I clearly need to find a slightly smaller pillow form for this pillow cover! But this was what I had, so that's why it's looking a bit over-stuffed. I took the final extra block and just added a simple border on all four sides. I also pulled out this chevron sheet for the back, which I think is a perfect match for this very green and yellow pillow!

It's quilted pretty simply, just some straight lines. It gets the job done though!

I really should get a photo of all three vintage bear paw projects together. For now here's one more shot of the baby quilt. If you're interested in making a quilt like this (or like the throw), I have a pattern available, details are below.

Pattern: Vintage Bear Paw Quilt Pattern (by me!)
Fabrics: Reclaimed vintage sheets

Happy Quilting!


  1. That’s the coziest baby quilt ever. ❤️

  2. oh jeni, that is a very pretty baby quilt. tis so very pretty. thanks for sharing.


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