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Emily’s Kawaii Quilt

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Yayyyy! A finished quilt is always reason to celebrate. It felt great to pull this out of my work in progress pile before heading off to the retreat with my friends. I’m usually pretty terrible at coming up with projects to sew at a retreat, but maybe I’m possibly getting the hang of it?! I pulled out this finished quilt top and a hunk of backing fabric that I had set aside. Lately I’ve been trying to use the coziest backings for quilts, but these apples on quilting cotton were too perfect not to use.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

So I grabbed the quilt top, my batting, backing and binding fabrics and headed out the door! I pieced the backing with some of the leftover large squares from the front, it adds a little bit more fun to the back. I still have to make a quilt label though, I think it’ll be fun to add one.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

It felt really great to have some quilting to do. I find it really relaxing, especially straight line quilting like I chose here. There’s something about it and I’m glad it’s something I can comfortably do while listening to a podcast or chatting with friends. I even had help basting, you know you’ve got great friends when they help you baste (thanks Amanda and Brianne!). I also ended up hand tying with some yarn in the middle of each four patch. I love the way it looks.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Finishing felt so great, and it ended up being perfect timing. My daughter Emily’s birthday was just a few weeks later. She was soooo thrilled to get the quilt. When she opened it she immediately snuggled up on it and then put it on her bed. Can’t get much better than that.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Read more about the beginnings of this quilt:
Fabric Journey
Getting ReadyEmily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead


Pattern: none (based it on this photo)
Fabrics: all the kawaii and fun fabrics I had in my stash forever!,
backing is Apple Jack by Tim and Beck for Moda


Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

p.s. I’ve restocked a bit of the 3/4″ leather and will be continuing to restock other leather throughout the next week and will add a few more length options.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

26 thoughts on “Emily’s Kawaii Quilt

  1. Jeni says:

    She is so sweet, she clearly loves her quilt! I love all the fun fabrics in it, it’s such a cheerful quilt!!

  2. Hilary says:

    It turned out lovely! And Emily clearly loves it! 😀

  3. Little Quiltsong says:

    What a happy receiver of this quilt :)! Love the blues in and around the whole quilt and the apple print with scrappy backing! Birthday special for sure!

  4. Megan says:

    She looks very happy!

  5. Heather says:

    So cute! I love it! I love the first picture too with your daughter 🙂 I just recently was able to get a quilt for my bed done and to the long arm quilter. It’s a king size so I definitely wasn’t even remotely thinking about trying to quilt it myself! It feels wonderful to have a project that I’ve been working on, on and off for two years is finally done!!!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      That’s so awesome! Way to go, it’s such a great feeling!

  6. Cutest pictures and quilt ever!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Aw thanks Allison! 🙂

  7. Kay says:

    This is a really fun quilt. x

  8. erin says:

    Ah, it is so cute! And she looks so happy! I made similar quilts for Kate last year. I love the classic patched look.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Erin! Yes! It was so fun to make. 🙂 And that she loves it is icing on the cake.

  9. mrs robinson says:

    Such a lovely quilt… and your little one looks most happy with her Mummy make! Just the thing for autumnal snuggling

  10. Melanie says:

    Such a great use of fabrics, the quilt looks wonderful! Would you mind sharing the dimensions you cut the large and small squares for this quilt? Thanks for all the inspiration. Enjoy the journey – Melanie

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Melanie! The large were 6.5″ and the small were 3.5″ (cut size).

  11. Sarah Cathey says:

    What a pretty quilt. It reminds me of the “everyday” quilts that my grandmother had all over her home, made from scraps and probably recycled bits of clothing that she made over many years. I hope to make a simple quilt like this for my son out of leftover bits that I’ve used to make him clothes over his first 6 years. Just precious.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      That’s so lovely! And yes, lots of these were leftover pieces from other things I’ve made my girls. So fun to be able to keep them forever!

  12. helen says:

    There is one happy girl!!!
    It’s a beautiful quilt and I understand her joy!
    Best wishes!

  13. Robby says:

    Such a sweet quilt, and obviously perfect for the recipient if those pictures are any measure. I clicked on your inspiration link and was surprised to find it was something that was one of my very first ‘Pins’. Maybe it’s a sign I should get busy and make one for myself instead of just admiring them.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Oh thank you! 🙂 Yes, love that inspiration shot, so pretty right?! I feel the same way.

  14. Tracy G says:

    Your quilt is fantastic! I’ve been wanting to make a quilt and had in mind it would be all small squares. But I love how you worked in the larger squares – this makes it seem much more doable for a novice like me. Can I ask what size the small and larger squares are?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks! The large were 6.5″ and the small were 3.5″ (cut size). 🙂

  15. Marta says:

    Oh I’m so in love! This quilt is just classic patchwork goodness–so lovely. And your daughter looks so happy with it. 🙂

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much Marta!!! 🙂

  16. Kelly says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt!!! Fabrics and pattern are so fun and fabulous! I also especially love that first photo of your daughter in front of the quilt – it shows how exuberantly happy she is with it and her pose shouts mine, mine, all mine! 🙂

  17. Nicole Beauchamp says:

    Love it, love it, love it in all its scrappy goodness. The back is wonderful too.

  18. Cindy says:

    Such a beautiful quilt- front and back!! Absolutely love it and looks like Emily does too!!:) Nice job!!!!:)

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