quilting techniques

Circus baby quilt

With just a fat quarter of fabric and a baby girl arriving, I  pulled some fabrics from my stash to make a modern, fun baby quilt in a circus theme.

Modern circus quilt top by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Modern circus baby quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I had purchased only a fat quarter of this circus themed fabric which is an Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics design. This baby quilt was the perfect opportunity to use it.Elephant square in modern circus baby quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Pink hippo in modern circus baby quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I was able to fussy cut individual animals from the piece to create floating boxes around the central medallion.

Ringmaster and circus tent of modern baby quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I wanted the individual squares to pop out, so I heavily free-motion quilted in the negative space.

Floral backing and label of modern circus baby quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

My husband selected the floral print for the backing.

free motion quilting in modern circus baby quilt by Doris Lovadina-Lee

I am looking forward to giving this completed modern circus baby quilt to the beautiful little girl it was made for.

Fuchsias – a flower quilt!

I took the photograph of the fuchsias a couple of years ago with the idea of using them in a quilt design. I took a workshop taught by Helen Garland through the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto based on Ruth McDowell’s art quilting techniques.


In the class we learned to how to draft a pattern from our own photograph using Ruth McDowell’s technique. Helen was an excellent teacher, explaining the concepts, design and sewing techniques that make Ruth’s quilts so original.

Fucshsia pattern
Fuchsia pattern

I’ve focused my design on three of the larger fuchsias and the three small buds on top. I’ve eliminated extraneous leaves and flowers to focus on the elements that I thought would make a good design.

Fuchsia patterns
Fuchsia patterns

You can see my original design and the enlarged copy. The finished piece will be about 48″ x 56″. I am excited to be trying Ruth’s techniques. She has written a few books explaining her design and piecing techniques. The books are available on her website. The next logical step is to trace the design onto freezer paper. But, my next step is to pull fabrics from my stash – I can’t wait!



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