Last spring, I participated in Heather Ross’ Drawing Everyday Contest. At the end of the contest, Heather was incredibly generous and sent all the participants charm packs of Briar Rose. I took two pieces and made something for my guild’s pin cushion swap. The rest I pieced into a top that’s been in the WIP pile far too long.

I kept thinking I would do some dogwood quilting, but I worried the squares were too big. When I finally gave myself permission to stay in my straight-line comfort zone, this little playmat/carseat quilt came together quicker than you can say “baby playdate.” Which is great because I think the quilt will make it to the recipient in Montana just in time for her debut.

Briar Rose Playmat

The back is one of my favorite backing fabric from Ikea, and the binding is made from solids in my stash.

Briar Rose Playmat Back

The Aurifil pink thread I had in stock may have been a little dark in a few places, but it blends well with most of  the purples and the pinks in Briar Rose. (I wish that top corner hadn’t been blurred – the corners turned out beautifully on this!)

Briar Rose Playmat

Quilt stats:
Size: 28″x28″
Top: Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics
Back: Britten Nummer from Ikea
Quilting thread: 28 wt Aurifil 2445

Linking with crazymomquilts and the other Friday Finishes.


  1. Carole

    Ooo…I love the backing, too! The rest is pretty fab, also. Sweet as sugar! (Still love your blog name!)
    Carole from Fresh off the Frame

  2. kelly o!

    Adorable little quilt! 

    That backing fabric is my favorite too — sadly, Ikea is discontinuing it! I’m hoping something else wonderful will take its place!

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