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Seeing Red Quilt & Matching Doll Quilts

Three facts: I started this quilt long, long ago on the first ever LA Modern Quilt Guild retreat. I promised it to a friend shortly thereafter. I’m very bad at finishing and gifting quilts. Very bad.

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This quilt was my first time working on the technique for Half Rectangle Triangles (HRT’s) that I wrote up for the Modern Quilt Guild website. I was inspired to sketch a series of quilts based on all my time spent on Los Angeles freeways and loved these great triangles on the transition from the 105W to the 405 N. I saw the Nani Iro fabric and thought that it was the perfect marriage of neutrals and the unexpected pops of colors that helped to capture the organic yet industrial nature of the freeway inspiration. I paired it with linen and linen/cotton blend fabric. I was afraid it would be a problem when it was washed because of the different fabric types but, it washed up great.



Each triangle was quilted individually with various echo quilting motifs  in alternating directions.

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To enhance the organic nature of this quilt, I added touches of hand quilting around some of the circles and along the width of each solid row.

Hand Sitching Detail

As a consolation for it taking me SO long to finish it up, I made two little doll quilts and matching pillows for her sweet twin girls. Don’t tell mom but, I sorta love them more than the original quilt. There’s something so perfect about something in miniature. I used leftover fabric and leftover HRT blocks.  I found this AWESOME scallop or wave stitch on my Janome 8900 that I fell in love with. It adds the right amount of fun to these tiny quilts. (I love the stitch so much I’ve already used it on another project!)

Doll Quilts on Bed

I backed each quilt and pillow in a different fabric so each twin will know which one is hers. I hope they love them.

Pillow Back


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Carla - June 6, 2014 - 9:08 pm

This is such fabulous quilting. I love the little quilts. Found you thru IG
Happy to have done that ; )

Maureen - May 8, 2014 - 3:55 am

I found your blog via Jeni Baker’s blog featuring this quilt. I love it, and I LOVE the doll quilts!!

Can anyone come to the LA Modern Quilt Guild sewing days on Saturdays? I have not been to a meeting since I work every Monday night but I wish I could join in somehow. (I live in Pasadena but don’t have any IRL quilting friends).

Sabine - April 28, 2014 - 7:02 am

hello quilt-engineer,

I clicked through all your projects…they are all very interesting and very special! I like your baby-gifts so much.
I hope it doesn’t matter if I use one or the other of your ideas (only for private use, of course), I feel very inspired!

Jeannie - April 27, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Oh my gosh they are adorable and the girls will love them!
Mom’s quilt is pretty nifty too!! Really love the organic look.

Kitty - April 26, 2014 - 2:37 am

Love your quilt!! I saw it on Jeni Baker’s ( In Color Order) Favorites and was intrigued by those little red eyes staring at me. The little doll quilts are too cute!! I’m sure you’ve made two girls very happy!!

svetlana - March 12, 2014 - 8:47 pm

oh, my!!!! both the big quilt as well as the doll ones are amazing!

NancyinSTL - March 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Beautiful. Your HRT quilts really do look like the inspiration.

I have three great-nieces under the age of 8 that live far away, which I don’t know them well. So, to let them know that I think of them, I recently thought that I should make doll quilts and matching pillows for each of them. I already had the quilt patterns in mind, but love your idea of making them similar with just different backings for the quilts and corresponding pillows.

The White Stripes Quilt

This quilt is definitely in the “quilts I haven’t blogged about” category. At my last job my co-worker Jean and his wife had a baby boy. Not knowing the mom and wanting to create a quilt that was simple and classic I decided on stripes. Not finding the stripes that I wanted, I decided to make my own stripes. White stripes tie each stripe pattern together.

Fun orange contrast for the back. White binding. Simple diagonal quilting.

Closer look at those pieced stripes.

I thought it would be tedious and time consuming but, it was surprisingly quick and easy to sew stripes together.

Of course the baby got a ball. With stripes.

BULL - March 18, 2014 - 4:42 am

WOW!. That orange quilt is beautiful! Creative Beautiful and still Fun I see. \/

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folksmith - February 20, 2014 - 8:51 am

Latifah, beautiful baby quilt. can you tell me where you get your labels? i would love to put those on my quilts. thanks!

Jemellia - November 25, 2013 - 3:27 am

I love the quilt, quilting and the ball! I’m playing catch-up on your blog right now, I should get some work done while no one is awake!

Tina in Boston - November 19, 2013 - 4:04 pm

The stripes are so precise and the white is refreshing! It’s also got a preppy feel that I love. I really like your label, too!

Sunnyincal - November 17, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Love it!!!

Kitty - November 17, 2013 - 8:53 am

Beautiful!! That ball is so cute!

Lynda M Otvos - November 16, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Love it, and the stripes are super. You have a great pattern here. Not that i follow patterns but you get what I mean, lots of people do. This truly is a very neat quilt and the diagonal quilting makes it perfect. Jolly well done.

Mary - November 16, 2013 - 6:07 pm

I love the idea of making your own stripes. Lucky baby. Really fun ball.

Stephanie hicks - November 16, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Love this quilt….so clean and fun! Where do you get you labels from?

Sharon - November 16, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Very nice quilt for baby and beyond! I like the stripey sections

Lady Harvatine - November 16, 2013 - 10:33 am

I love it Latifah! The colors are just great.

More Glam Clam Goodness

You ask and you shall receive. Well sometimes at least. :)  I just posted two things today that some of you have been asking for. One is the video tutorial on how to piece those Glam Clams without pins! You can find it on my brand new YouTube channel:

Second, I had several people including my friends Elisabeth Woo and Lisa Alexakis who requested Glam Clams in different sizes. So, I’ve created templates for a 4″ and 6″ Glam Clam, also available for download on Craftsy. Quick note. The 4″ is very cute but, the larger the curve the easier to piece so if you’re a beginner you might want to play with the 8″ or 12″ first!

Also, the fabulous Elisabeth Woo who can be found on Instagram as elisabew (follow her, she’s awesome) is hosting a casual Glam Clam Quilt Along that you can follow on Instagram. The hashtags are #happyclammers and #glamclamquilt. Follow along and show us your Glam Clams!

This is the little mini that she made out of the new 4″ Glam Clam templates! Cute, huh?



Hope you can play along!

Rachelle - December 13, 2013 - 3:43 am

This tutorial has just made my day! Obviously I’m a bit late catching on to this wonderful bandwagon, but gosh! I can’t wait to get started xox

angela - October 9, 2013 - 4:33 am

Latifah, thank you SO much for doing this. It is extremely generous of you, when you could have easily charged for the pattern. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to soon. I’m a huge fan!

Heather - September 23, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Thank you for the video! I would never have figured it il out like that. It was so clear and easy to follow. Thank you for the patterns too.

Alexandra Wellington - September 19, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Thank you so much for this video. I have no problem with curved piecing, and this video confirmed how I thought to sew your awesome giant glam clams!!
I got sooooooo excited when I saw your free pattern as I love giant blocks and this just perfect.
Cannot say thank you enough! :)
Love your quilting style and your sharing with us. BTW I live in Sydney Australia, so you can happily say you are international in your following!!!
Take care and happy quilting

becca - September 18, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Totes magoats want to try this. :)

Joanna Jenkins - September 18, 2013 - 11:11 am

Fantastic video!!! I took your class at Sew Modern and LOVE how easy your Glam Clams are to make! The video is the perfect refresher as I’m about to start my second one!

Licet - September 17, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Great tute Latifah! Thanks.

Animal Parade Blanket & Softie Set

Yesterday I shared the Zoom Baby Blanket and Book that I made for one cousin that had a little boy. Well, her sister had a baby boy within a few months so I had to make a similar gift for her as well. This time, I pulled my Ed Emberley fabric out. I LOVE the elephant print and that was my main print. Then I used the border print that features the animals marching in a row. Hence the name Animal Parade. I pieced the front of this blanket as well also in the style of the inserts.

This quilt is also backed in a cozy minkie.

And, I simply pieced and stuffed a couple animals from the Cut and Piece panel from this line. Simple and perfect! Here they are in the wild.:)

A simple card to include in the package.

All in all, quicker than a quilt but still fun and handmade.

Mandi - January 25, 2014 - 8:45 am

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. All of your work is great. (Found you from sewmamasew)

Kathryn Wright - November 5, 2013 - 3:42 pm

So cute! My readers at FaveQuilts would love these!

Latifah - September 17, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Minky isn’t difficult to sew at all! The only suggestion I give is to pin a ton. :) It will help it to stabilize it. Thanks for posting.

Kristin S. - September 13, 2013 - 8:28 am

Wow! That is really terrific looking!! Was the minky tough to stitch with?

Zoom Blanket & Book Set

I have two cousins who are sisters who had baby boys within months of each other. I love to make quilts but, sometimes don’t have the time to make them for gifts but, people expect handmade gifts when you sew. So, I decided to make quickie blankets and toys for both of them. I had to make the gifts different but, sorta equal. This was the gift for one of the sisters. I’ll share the second gift tomorrow. I stashed the Peak Hour fabric by Kellie Wulfsohn just for gifts like this. It was such a fun line with many possibilities.

The blanket top WAS pieced. I used a modification of the pinless piecing technique to piece what I called “Inserts”.

I put a nice cozy minkie on the back and roudned the corners.

Then, I cut up the vehicles from the Peak Hour fabric and made a fabric book. This was a lot of fun to do.

All text was printed on my Epson printer direction on to a Kona White fabric. Of course I gave Kellie credit for her awesome illustrations.:)

And, I pulled coordinating fabrics and framed each page.

Each page is lined with batting.

The corners are rounded to coordinate with the blanket.

So many fun pages. This has to be my favorite!

And, the classified print on the back.

And, of course they got a card.



Latifah - September 17, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Terry and Karla, I print with my Epson printer. I’ll do a post on it soon! Thanks for commenting.

Karla Barbosa - September 15, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Congratulations, Latifah!!!
So cute and fun your work, I really like it!!
I’d like to know also, who did you print directly onto fabric???
I’m curious now!!!kkk
Thank you so much by idea!!!

terry hawkins - September 12, 2013 - 7:18 pm

What a great cousin you are to make such cute and practical gifts! I love the blanket but the book is sooo unique! How do you print directly onto fabric? I assume you use a special printer and special ink?

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