February 8, 2019

Joyful quilt

Photograph by American Quilter. Used with permission.
Doesn't she make you want to smile all day? This cutie pie must be blessing her family and the life of those around her with her sunny face... I can almost hear the giggles and happiness with all the attention she is getting as she poses for this photograph. Her gorgeous outfit brings out the blue in her eyes and is exactly how I would dress a baby girl had I had one (only boys on this side of the Rockies). But wait, I am supposed to talk about the quilt she is sitting on! "Joyful" is how I feel when I look at this baby!

"Joyful" measures 56" x 56" with blocks that finish at 6" and 8". You can customize it and use mainly blue, green, soft yellow and teal prints for a boy, too. Super easy to make, this quilt would look great with any fabric although, if you want to keep the vintage look, you may want to go with Riley Blake Designs' Date Night collection as I did.

These prints are so fun to work with! They have a great mix of values and textures and I love how the quilt turned out. Their colors are soft with whimsical flowers and dots, well displayed on Joyful's blocks.

Melissa Kelly from Sew Shabby Quilting made this quilt even prettier with her choice of quilting motif. Joyful would look great hand quilted, too.

You can find the pattern in the March 2019 issue of American Quilter magazine, a publication of the American Quilter Society. I have already received my copy because I am a member! This issue has amazing articles and projects. When you join AQS, you receive your copy of the magazine quickly and have a host of discounts on shows, online classes, and merchandise. So worth it!

Speaking of worthy things, have you entered my giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book  Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2? The winner will be announced on Monday morning, so head over and leave a comment.

Have a wonderful weekend,


  1. What a cutie! Love the quilt too!

  2. I just went, oooohhh when that beautiful little girl came up, she has put me in a sweet tender mood. The quilt is sweet too!

  3. I love the softness of this quilt, both the fabrics and the quilting. Oh yes, that little charmer too!


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