Chimney Sweep Quilt

Last week I decided to have my sewing student start on her first quilt – a small doll quilt made up of 20 pieced squares.  As she was working on it, I realized that it had been a long time since I’d made a real quilt and I missed it. Then, further spurred on by Sew, Mama, Sew!’s Quilt Month features, I decided to make a baby quilt.   

While I love all the quilts I’ve been seeing, for some reason the ones that I tear out of magazines for inspiration are always pieced squares.  I looked through my inspiration folder and pulled out this picture that I had saved from a catalog.  I went through all my scraps and pulled out any and all fabrics that looked like anything resembling pink and started cutting 3-inch squares.  365 squares.  The oldest pieces of fabrics are 7 years old.  Then newest just a couple of months.  I don’t think the fabrics look like they go together up close

chimney sweep quilt closeup

or even far off,

chimney sweep quilt

but the quilting lines seem to pull everything together.  I backed it with large panels of pink from my stash:

chimney sweep quilt back

And for the first time in years my stash is amazingly pink-free.  I have a couple of friends that are expecting.  I’m really hoping one of them has a baby girl that can enjoy and spit up on this quilt!  :o)

chimney sweep quilt in the sun

My method of wrinkling (that I’ve mentioned before) is below.

1. Pre-wash your cotton fabric first.

2. Use Warm&Natural batting. 

3. Piece, quilt, and bind

4. Throw it in the washer on warm.

5. Dry on low.

58 Responses to “Chimney Sweep Quilt”


  1. 1 missharleyquinn February 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    The quilt is absolutely charming and how lucky the ‘not yet here’ little girl who will receive this is. 🙂

  2. 2 Amy Hodge February 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I love this – it’s gorgeous! I especially like the combination of the the front pieced squares with the large pieced back. Adorable!

  3. 3 Vicki W February 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    That’s a really cute quilt! I too love Warm battings for giving that nice soft antique look.

  4. 4 Helen February 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    What a beautiful quilt, and a lovely baby gift! I’m finding Sew Mama Sew’s quilting month really inspiring too. I love the pinks and reds you’ve used here.

  5. 5 Susan February 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I love this, the baby will love it and so will her Momma, what a great quilt!

  6. 6 meg February 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Wow, Linda, this is so pretty! I think the different pinks came together really well.

    I’ve got the quilting bug again right now, too, paired with the time-to-whittle-down-the-fabric bug, so thanks for the inspiration.🙂

  7. 7 Jen (sewandsox) February 18, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Really nice. I prefer pieced squares myself…something about their simplicity I guess. I’m trying to venture into more complex territory but still love the squares.

  8. 8 Mary February 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Someone is going to love that quilted gift! It’s just lovely.

  9. 9 Covered Porches February 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Sundance , right?!?!? I have the same photo on my bulletin board at work. I want to do mine green and white. I’ve drawn it on scrap paper 100 times at least. Did you make yours from indiviual squares? May I ask the size of the squares. Yours is simply stunning– I picture it under an oak tree for a picnic.

  10. 10 Sarah February 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Oh this is fantastic! I have a baby quilt to make and have been going around and around on what design to do… Thanks for the inspiration!

    (p.s. I recognize a few of those fabrics from my own stash, one I just picked up this weekend!)

  11. 11 linda p February 18, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    this quilt is gorgeous! congratulations!

  12. 13 Jess February 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, it’s beautiful!

  13. 14 Shelly February 18, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    How cute. I love all your pinks. Somehow, I never end up with pinks. If I buy them, I use them and there are very few in my stash.

    I’m cutting 3 inch squares from my scraps for a quilt – 360 and also 60 5 inch squares.

    You did a beautiful job on the quilting, too. I love the back side!

  14. 15 Janey February 18, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Looks great what a great way to use up some of your stash.

  15. 16 beki February 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It’s a beautiful quilt Linda!

  16. 17 Yvonne February 18, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I love it, it’s beautiful! It’s a very nice pattern, I love squares too.

  17. 18 Shannon February 18, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    This is such a beautiful quilt, love the pink:)

  18. 19 Heather February 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I love it! Since having a little girl of my own I can’t get enough pink! As always, I love the Poetry fabric. I can’t wait to have more of a stash so I can throw something like this together without having to buy everything for a particular project. Sometimes it ends up too matchy.

  19. 20 lera February 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Great quilt, Linda! It is absolutely beautiful.

    I have an idea, if none of your friends have a girl, *I* happen to be a girl. I think I could curl up and fit under it🙂

  20. 21 fromthenarrows February 18, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I love this quilt. I made my first two girls a quilt but not my third girl. Luckily she is more into fleece than quilts. But still as an adult she is going to wonder where her quilt is. You inspire me but i don’t have time—too busy packing.
    Susan

  21. 22 Adrienne February 19, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Oh how nice! I’m so afraid to quit – so many details🙂 I finished my seamstress apron – love it! You can see a pic of it on my blog. Thanks for such a great idea / pattern!

  22. 23 Jody February 19, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Wonderful job! It’s a great inspiration for Spring to hurry up and come!

  23. 24 Kristi February 19, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I love it! I love the thicker binding, too… I can never get my binding to turn out that thick!

  24. 25 katie February 19, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I adore it. Just adore it. I wish I was a baby girl!

  25. 26 wondermommy February 19, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Really pretty quilt. Someone and their new baby are going to be very, very lucky.

  26. 27 Amanda February 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    It’s beautiful. Thanks for your wrinkle method. I love a good antique looking quilt.

  27. 28 Karen February 19, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    That is really beautiful. I love quilts made from squares, too. Love it, love it, love it.

  28. 29 SugarShop (Dena) February 19, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful quilt Linda! Maybe I should make a pink quilt, I was a little pink crazy for a while and have lots of pink

  29. 30 Cassie Jones February 19, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Lucky baby! I love the triangles that frame it. I’m not sure if you would call it a border or not?? Either way, it’s beautiful.

  30. 31 Beth February 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Your quilt is beautiful! I love the fabrics you’ve used.

  31. 32 creatist February 20, 2008 at 7:21 am

    ok this is soo adorable! you are so great with such stuff, real kool..🙂

  32. 33 sammyjo February 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I love this quilt and the colours look great together. i sure some lucky baby will enjoy very much spitting up on your quilt lol

  33. 34 thedomesticdiva February 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    ooh Linda…that’s so yummy!!! Almost makes me want to get pregnant and have a girl….but not wait, that would mean I’d have to raise her…LOL

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  34. 35 Cathy February 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    How cute is that?! Some little girl is going to be very lucky.

  35. 36 Kristena February 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I love this! It has an old-fashioned look that is just so hard to find these days.

  36. 37 Stacy T February 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Gorgeous… Wishing i was an IRL friend of yours right now, lol…

  37. 38 Tracy February 21, 2008 at 8:00 am

    LOVE it! Eyeing the quilt from a bit of distance the colors do all work. It has a wonderful heirloom quality, just lovely. And thanks for you wrinkle tips…those are wrinkles I don’t mind! ;o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

  38. 39 randomrevelations February 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I’m having a girl!! So I guess I’m the lucky girl! And back to reality! It is super cute. That must have taken alot of time. Don’t forget to show us the student’s work!!

  39. 40 Linda February 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I think it’s lovely! I too am drawn to quilts that are just pieced squares. Irish chains, and trip around the world are a couple of my favorites. I love the look of “postage stamp” quilts, but I doubt I’d ever have the patience for one!

  40. 41 Casey February 21, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I’m jealous! beautiful quilt

  41. 42 weirdbunny February 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    How could you possibly bare to part with this beautiful quilt you have made ! But then I shouldn’t be surprised as your such a generous person … Love Julia x

  42. 44 Chara Michele February 22, 2008 at 9:37 am

    That quilt looks absolutely lovely.

  43. 45 emadethis February 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    What a beautiful quilt! I love simple geometric designs in quilts.

  44. 47 Lil' d February 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I’m in awe – it’s very beautiful. I’ve just finished putting together the top of my first quilt attempt – just a plain doll quilt for my daughter. I’ve still got a lot to learn!

  45. 48 quenna February 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    It turned out beautiful (though I can’t believe you have no more pink in your stash!).

  46. 49 Jennifer February 27, 2008 at 7:51 am

    I use “Stiffy” It is very similar to Timtex, but only $1.29 a yard!
    It is available here http://www.longcreekmills.com/stiffy.html
    If you can’t get timtex, I’d recommend this!

  47. 50 industrialpoppy March 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    This quilt is soooo nice that it would be worth trying to get pregnant just to receive it as a gift :0

  48. 51 Possum Magic March 2, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Those fabrics are just beautiful as is the end result.

  49. 52 Jennifer March 2, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Hi—I’ve been reading your blog forever. What size squares did you use on this quilt? It is so pretty. I love scrappy quilts, and I always am drawn to the square ones as well. I think I ripped that picture out for inspiration as well. Beautiful. Don’t second guess yourself. A handmade quilt is such a sweet meaningful gift. Whoever gets it will love it too.

  50. 53 Melanie March 3, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Linda – I think this is fantastic! I have a design for a little boy quilt in my head. I have the fabric (bolts of it, ha ha) but finding the time…well that’s another story!

  51. 54 amandajean March 3, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    your quilt is beautiful!!! I am drawn to quilts with mainly squares too.

  52. 55 Alicia March 5, 2008 at 11:07 am

    That looks so pretty! I hate the color pink, but I still love that quilt!

  53. 56 Amy March 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    What a fantastic pink quilt. I’m sure even a self respecting boy baby would love it too.

  54. 57 Kimberly March 17, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Oh I love it!! I can’t wait until I have a sewing table again so I can spread myself out and make quilts. You’re such an inspiration!


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