Broken Herringbone Quilt


My younger sister and her husband are expecting their first baby next month and it’s a girl! For their baby shower, I made them a quilt with matching pillow and blankie. I have two boys so it was fun to think about some girly fabric choices for awhile. My inspiration for the quilt was the Bella bedding set my sister chose from Carousel Baby:

Carousel Baby Bella

Image courtesy of Carousel Baby.

I was able to figure out that the fabrics came from designer Amanda Murphy for Blend Fabrics, and the line is called Bella. Quilt Fabric Closeouts happened to have nearly all the colors I wanted in stock for around half off! I chose to use the Broken Herringbone pattern by Violet Craft with a few small modifications. I like that this pattern really shows off all the different fabrics.The only changes were to make the wide stripes 5″ wide rather than 6″ wide, and I added an additional 4 rows (for a total of 20 5″ strips rather than 16 6″ strips in the instructions), and I added the double border around the outer edges. Final size is 54″ wide by 62″ tall (larger than a baby blanket, big enough to cover a lap during those middle of the night baby feedings, or for a toddler bed).


A nice bonus is that the pattern leaves you with leftover sections to piece into the back of the quilt, or as I did, make them into a small snugly blankie and matching pillow. The pillow is 13″ x 19″ and the blankie is 16″ x 16″.


Online Quilting Class

The back of the quilt has two vertical white lines that match up with the lines on the front.


Inside the patterned fabric pieces, you can see the straight line quilting and the herringbone pattern.


The edges are bound with Scrollwork in hot pink from the same Amanda Murphy Belle line as the rest of the patterned fabrics.


Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.
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  8 comments for “Broken Herringbone Quilt

  1. November 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    What fun! I love this sweet quilt and the extra goodies you made with the leftovers. That baby will love the minkee in the blankie. :)

    • November 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much Megan, I appreciate the comment!

  2. January 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I absolutely love how you used the pattern. The fabrics and colors are beautiful. I hope she loves it!

    • January 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Violet! Isn’t Mary’s quilt awesome?

    • March 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Violet, I’m so happy you found the quilt! I loved your pattern and my sister loves the quilt. The pattern was so well designed. The final quilt looks complicated but it was fairly easy to make and I loved having the extra bits to make the coordinating items. One of my sister’s friends was so impressed with the quilt and with giving personal handmade items as gifts that she went out a bought a sewing machine after the baby shower!

  3. Candace
    December 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I absolutely love this quilt! My best friend and I are making two for her twin girls who are due next year. I’ve never machine quilted before, which color thread did you use on this quilt? Thanks!

    • December 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Candace, glad you like the quilt! I used white thread for all of the quilting.

  4. Kathy
    September 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I have been searching for a LONG time for a baby quilt for my newest granddaughter. My daughter in law likes things a little more modern so this pattern is perfect. Ok, here’s my question. I only have fat quarters of some of the prints I have chosen, and yardage of others. Is there anyway you think I can use fat quarters to piece this quilt? Thanks for any help!!

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