Just Stay Little Finished!

by Nicole

When I buried the last thread in this quilt, I breathed a sigh of relief and held up the quilt to look at it. I smiled.

Just stay little_finished

I think it’s my new favorite. I’m calling it “Just Stay Little.” It finishes at 41″ by 53.”

There is something so sweet about kids when they are little. Of course, they must all grow up, but knowing that they will reminds me to savor my time with my daughters, the giggles and laughs, the tiny shoes and dresses, and the moments when I hold them and they rest their heads on my shoulder.

Just stay little_shoes

When I found this fabric, I knew I wanted to do something with it, but it wasn’t until I found Megan’s Star in the Modern Blocks book that I developed the design. The block is perfect for fussy cutting, as is the fabric. I love that this fabric shows girls of different racial backgrounds. I cannot tell you how challenging it is to find fabric with images of children that look like mine. When I do, I buy it in a hurry!

just stay little_girl2

Here is a look at the back.

Just stay little_back

I wanted to feature the parade by offsetting it in a sea of pink.

Just stay little_back2

Just Stay Little is for my one-year old. Whenever she sees one of the girls on the quilt, she points and smiles. I think she likes it. So do I.

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Debbie August 10, 2012 - 2:49 am

SO cute, Nicole. I love that you started with a block and designed a new quilt! Lovely quilting too….SO nice!

Jo August 10, 2012 - 2:54 am

Darling! Love the back!

Lori August 10, 2012 - 2:58 am

Wow Nicole! So amazing! The quilting is awesome …. I wish I had those skills! This will definitely be something that your daughter will cherish!

Heidi Staples August 10, 2012 - 3:37 am

Absolutely lovely, Nicole. This is a treasure!

Kristy QP August 10, 2012 - 4:28 am

Beautiful beautiful quilt! I love the stars and the fussy cutting – it really looks lovely!

AlyceB August 10, 2012 - 4:51 am

What a beautiful quilt! So sweet, and I love the colours!

Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

Gertie Pye August 10, 2012 - 7:07 am

Oh Nicole this quilt is absolutely darling! I love the blocks, the quilting, the back … all so fabulous. Your 1 year old is a lucky little poppet! Beautiful x

niveas August 10, 2012 - 7:08 am

It went out so beautiful! I love your quilting and how the stars are popping out! It's such a great quilt!

Megan August 10, 2012 - 9:06 am

It is beautiful Nicole! And like you say, how great to have fabric that represents a more diverse group of children than we often see. Your quilting is sensational.

Emily August 10, 2012 - 11:22 am

Lovely Nicole! All your time in this quilt really paid off!

The Thompsons August 10, 2012 - 11:34 am

The quilting is fabulous. It's beautiful!

Valerie August 10, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Turned out great, Nicole! I know your little girl will cherish it forever:).

Annie August 10, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Gorgeous with such adoring blocks! And the back is so delightful! Beautifully made, Nicole! It's a treasure or sure.

MaterialGirlQuilts August 10, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Just adorable! Great job and I love the name 🙂

Susan August 10, 2012 - 3:18 pm

A masterpiece!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight August 10, 2012 - 3:18 pm

This is an adorable quilt – and the quilting looks really neat from the back too. This is bound to be such a special quilt for your daughter over many years!

Janice August 10, 2012 - 3:45 pm

I love this quilt! The colors are so yummy and that parade fabric is fantastic! I love how you quilted it, too. It looks really cool from the back, as well as the front.

Katy Cameron August 10, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Oh well done, it came out fabulously, and love that panel on the back, though I thought you'd been super clever getting your logo at the top until I saw the last pic lol

elletaylor August 10, 2012 - 5:41 pm

So so precious!! Love it all. Well done.

Paula August 10, 2012 - 5:51 pm

This is gorgeous! i have been looking at that fabric and couldn't figure out what I would do with it. Thanks for the inspiration –

Paige August 10, 2012 - 6:06 pm

This is precious sweet! I can see why your little one loves it!

Courtneysews August 10, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Just Darling. Great job!

knitspinquilt August 10, 2012 - 6:13 pm

That is so lovely! I really like the way you've quilted it, too — it accentuates the pattern and the little children really well. 🙂

Kelly August 10, 2012 - 7:04 pm

It's just beautiful Nicole!

Cherie August 10, 2012 - 10:08 pm

That is the cutest ever quilt! I know what you mean about the fabrics!! =D

O'Quilts August 10, 2012 - 11:11 pm

Very nice:)

Alicia August 10, 2012 - 11:38 pm


Heather August 11, 2012 - 4:09 am

Oh, that is SO precious!! What a labor of love for your little one. I'm sure she'll cherish it forever…

Deb August 11, 2012 - 6:12 am

This is just beautiful. I just love how you have quilted it too.

Kit Lang August 11, 2012 - 8:04 am

Really sweet quilt!

Judi August 11, 2012 - 9:41 am

WOW! What a GORGEOUS quilt! Love the colours.


The Little Craft Store August 11, 2012 - 10:20 am

Ooh I love thr fussy cutting on this quilt it looks graet 🙂

Annabella August 11, 2012 - 10:36 am

Just perfect Nicole..I love eveything about the quilt and the inspiration for its title. I think we all feel like that about our kids. They grow up so quickly!

LauraC August 11, 2012 - 1:02 pm

This is so adorable – I love it! I found your blog via Jeni at In Color Order. I love how you incorporated the fussy cut blocks into the stars and the panel in the back.

Amira Ameruddin August 12, 2012 - 12:05 am

So pretty!!! I love it. And lvely name for the quilt…

Leanne August 12, 2012 - 1:51 am

You have done a stunning job, I love your choice of colours and centre prints and the quilting just sets it off wonderfully. I am sure that your daughter will love it for a very long time.

piece peace August 12, 2012 - 1:21 pm

It is just perfect! What a wonderful tribute to you and your family.

Denise Barrett August 13, 2012 - 9:42 am

Wow Nicole – another beauty! I just love it!

Yes, it is challenging to find fabrics with children of various ethnic backgrounds. I love that fabric – great find!

bloomingpoppies August 13, 2012 - 3:51 pm

I can see why this would be your new favorite!!! It's so sweet and beautifully made. I love the little fussy cut centers. Just perfect!!

Lori August 13, 2012 - 5:02 pm

This is so wonderful. What a great keepsake for your littlest.
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thisyearsdozen August 14, 2012 - 1:08 am

I love it all. The front, the back, the colors, the quilting. You do fab work. Seams so perfect. Great job, Nicole.

Julie August 14, 2012 - 2:33 am


I have just discovered your blog – what a beautiful quilt.

Fiona @findingfifth August 17, 2012 - 7:47 am

Another fabulous double sided quilt. That happy panel on the back just fits is so well.

Tabatha August 17, 2012 - 9:50 am

Love, love, love this quilt!!

Books_Bound August 26, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Wow Nicole! You finished this on the day I was driving partway across the country, so I missed it! Today I realized I hadn't read anything from you for awhile, so I scrolled back through your posts and saw this! I'm so glad I saw it–it's stunning! You picked the perfect block, backed it wonderfully, and your quilting is phenomenal! Your one-year-old may like it now, but she will treasure it when she is grown!

Wonderful work!

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