Briar Rose Strip Quilt

Briar Rose Strip Quilt
9 times out of 10 I don’t buy fabric with a project in mind. I see fabric I really like, I buy it and I take it home. Then months later when I want to make something I “shop” in my own craft room and find the perfect fabric for the job. This quilt was no exception. Last year when I spotted the Heather Ross Briar Rose line I knew I had to have it, and I had to have all of it :) I bought the fat quarter pack and there it sat on my shelf for almost a year. Then in February I found out I was having a girl (yay) and I started putting her room together knowing she would have a mama-made quilt.

Briar rose strip quilt

At first I had these same strips in mind but I was thinking solid colors… black, white and coral. Then it seemed too matchy-matchy with the room and I wanted a pattern. Here is a baby name secret… we have been calling her Baby Bee for months because her name starts with a “B” so I really wanted to add some bees somewhere. Then I remembered this Briar Rose fat quarter pack!! Bright colors, fun patterns, and bees… too good to be true right? That’s why I buy fabric I like right when I see it :)

I didn’t follow a pattern I just googled the standard size for a baby quilt and did the math. I started by cutting 2-3 strips of each pattern that were 4″ by the width of the fat quarter.

Briar rose strip quilt

When I had enough I scrambled them up to “randomize”. Then I sewed them into one big continuous strip.

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

After I pressed all my seams down, I cut the big strip into smaller strips that were all the same width and started laying them out. I’m so thankful  to have this big work table with my pregnant belly:)

Briar rose strip quilt

I worked really hard at making sure none of the same patterns or colors were touching… see the two pink strawberry fabrics touching, I don’t like that haha #fabricgirlprobs.

Briar rose strip quilt

After I got it how I liked it, I went row by row… pinning then sewing. I used a 1/2′ seam allowance for everything.

Briar rose strip quilt

Here I am pressing my seams like a good tailor.

Briar rose strip quilt

I added a border that was also 4″ wide all the way around but then when I opened my batting it was shorter than what was listed on the package. So, I had to shorten the top and bottom of the border. I found this grey floral fabric at Joann’s. I obviously like to do my basting late at night when the lighting is bad :) Then, I quilted above and below the seam of each strip.

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

I made some binding out of this cute green Christmas striped fabric I found. Quilting confession, I am a cheater when it comes to binding… I have never tried it by hand, machine binding works for me! I still use clover clips however.

Briar rose strip quilt

For the back I used a black polka dot print and the little black dots are flocked… so cute!

Briar rose strip quilt

I love how it turned out! I hope Baby Bee loves it too!

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Speaking of that girl…. 35 days to go!!!

Briar rose strip quilt

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the simplicity of this quilt! Your instructions were easy enough for me to believe I could be making my first quilt this summer.

  2. says

    Oh my gosh, this is adorable!! My girl is almost 6 months old and I haven’t made her anything (mom of the year, right here), but seeing as how she doesn’t have a quilt, this would be the perfect project for her nursery! Well, I guess I did make her curtains and her crib skirt, but she can’t actually cuddle with those! I love this – thanks for the inspiration! Now to learn how to quilt…

  3. Cheryl says

    Beautiful quilt! I’ve been looking for a pattern (simple) and that I could finish quilt myself and I really like this, appears doable for me as I am a beginner quilter. Looking to make my niece a baby quilt. I have 7 different coordinating fabrics in the colors my niece likes. Do I meed more different patterns for this quilt?

  4. says

    Taylor, this is so pretty! I’m newish to sewing, and have been looking over your tutorials for tips and project ideas. I really appreciate your use and love of color. There are so many gorgeous, blogged homes out there, but as a girl who loves color, it’s hard to find someone else who uses bright and cheerful tones all over their home!

  5. Gloria Vinson says

    Where can I buy these fabrics already matched? This will be my first quilt project and I am not good at matching fabrics and colours. Thank you for this beautiful quilt.

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