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Natalie’s Print Shop Quilt

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - NoodleheadI’m so excited about this finish! It was my daughter Natalie’s first quilt top that she’s made. She loves sewing little blankets and things for her stuffed animals, but this was the first time we spent time going over rotary cutting basics and piecing. We settled upon Alexia Abegg’s Print Shop fabric collection that I picked up at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. We added a few other Cotton + Steel prints that I had in my stash. When I spotted the Swatch pattern for the first time I knew it would be a great one for Natalie to try!Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

She’s just a few weeks away from turning 11 and I think it was a great age to try piecing a simple quilt top. Natalie cut about half of the pieces, while I cut the other half. We worked together by taking turns pressing and starching our fabrics and then making the different cuts. It was super nerve-wracking for me to watch her with the rotary cutter, but I’m glad we did it together. Teaching her basic safety with the rotary cutter was super important to me. I’m glad she has a bit of that under her belt now.Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

So when it came to piecing the top I did the pressing and pinning for her. I suppose I could have had her do a bit of it, but she is pretty good at that already so I figured it would help move things along if she was able to focus on the actual sewing part. Getting a nice consistent seam allowance and troubleshooting any inconsistencies from cutting, etc. Overall it took maybe four different sessions of sewing for her to actually complete the quilt top. She would sit down on a no school day or early release day and sew for maybe 20 minutes or so? It wasn’t long in most cases and sometimes I admit there was a little bit of prodding. But I knew that if she finished it she would be so proud! So the other night she finished and we agreed that I’d piece the back, quilt, and bind it.Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

I had a blast watching her and we did have our moments, but it’s so fun to have her try a bigger quilt! The back was fun for me to piece as I finally used my much hoarded piece of Summersville (by Lucie Summers for Moda) which I thought paired so nicely with Print Shop! P.S. Lucie has an amazing shop of her designs and hand printed fabric, so if you love Summersville, go check it out! Anyway, while she was at school one day I quilt and bound the quilt. It was so fun to be secretly finishing it for her as I was able to surprise her with it when she got home from school. She loves it, took it upstairs right away to put it on her bed.Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead


Pattern: Swatch by Alexia Abegg
Fabric: mostly Print Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel,
backing has Summersville by Lucie Summers plus scraps from Print Shop


Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

23 thoughts on “Natalie’s Print Shop Quilt

  1. helen says:

    Congratulations, Natalie! 👏👏👍It will certainly be a special feeling to sleep under this quilt!
    Best wishes!

  2. Natasha says:

    That’s so awesome! She is a lucky girl to have you for a mom. I love the quilt and I love it that you are teaching her.

  3. Shasta says:

    Congratulations. It looks great Natalie!

  4. Nancy Ridder says:

    My daughter and I worked on her first quilt when she was 10, as well. We did a rag quilt so not getting corners to match was not a big deal. However I scared her when I told her to watch and not put her finger under the needle of the sewing machine. But she persisted. Then halfway through she looked up and said “Look at me. I am talking and sewing at the same time!”. Good memories

  5. Susan Jonsson says:

    Wow…way to go Natalie! So impressed with your sewing! What a treasured quilt this will be for you and your Mom!

  6. Wow, she did a great job! All corners match perfectly!

  7. Kim B. says:

    This is just wonderful and to be honest has brought tears to my eyes. It’s just so nice to think of the special time that you and she have shared, and to see the pride on her face as she models her quilt. And it’s so cool, perfect for her!! Way to go, mama!!

  8. kitty says:

    Great job, Natalie!! You look so happy with the result and you should be, because it shows you are a talented and dedicated girl. Very well done!!

  9. Jeni says:

    Yay Natalie! It turned out so cute! 🙂

  10. Erin says:

    Way to go, Natalie!!!! It’s beautiful.

  11. Little Quiltsong says:

    What a beautiful quilt!! Both of you did a wonderful job – Natalie with sewing and you with teaching and helping!

  12. Heather says:

    looks awesome! great job Natalie!

  13. You should both be so proud!

  14. Leanne says:

    I just think it’s so awesome that you’re passing on your love of creating to Natalie. There’s just nothing as cool as being able to use something that you’ve created yourself. She’s going to treasure that quilt and the times you had together making it. Can’t wait for Emily’s turn!

  15. So beautiful!! I’m so proud of her!! And you!

  16. Krista says:

    It’s awesome! Nice work, Natalie! (And Anna, kudos to you for having the patience to help her with the project.)

  17. Such a beautiful quilt Natalie… A special quilt for snuggling!

  18. Maggie says:

    This made my day. <3

  19. Kristin says:

    Hooray, Natalie!!! What an accomplishment! Wooo-hooo!!

  20. Andrea M says:

    This is great!! What did the finished size of the quilt end up being?

  21. danawillard says:

    Oh my gosh, this is too cute and fun. She did a fantastic job. And I love the pics, as always!
    Good job Natalie!!

  22. Abby Smith says:

    Oh my goodness, how sweet! She is talented just like her mama, and these pics just exude happiness!

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