Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams is a black, white, blue and yellow improv quilt featuring the new Constellations by Lizzy House fabric.

black white baby quilt, improv black white quilt


It was inspired by receiving this lovely bundle:



And this beautiful home shared in a Freunde von Freunden interview of Jo Sindle & Kyle Steward, owners of The Goodhood Store:



The Lizzy House black print really stood out to me, and I wanted to pair it with other black and white prints in my stash together with one or two pops of color. When I was playing around with the color palette, I loved the grey-blues with the blacks, and then also ended up adding the turquoise to pop against the black.

Sweet Dreams star quilt Bold Goods



Sweet dreams improv Bold Goods


When thinking about quilting, I wanted to free motion to give an all-over pattern that didn’t compete with the busy top. I started playing around on some scraps, and really liked these rather large stars.

Sweet Dreams triangles Bold Goods


The lines are close enough to prevent bunching, but loose enough that when it’s washed it will get fluffy and soft.

Starry quilting Bold Goods


I had been saving this organic Ed Emberley elephants print for a backing, and thought it was just perfect for this quilt. The text print for the binding and some piecing is Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander.

Sweet Dreams back Bold Goods


I know this quilt won’t be in everyone’s taste because some people prefer “baby colors”, but I think the colors are great for a more modern nursery and also for catching baby’s attention with the high contrast. I hope it finds a very happy home. For sale now in my Etsy store.

I also posted some work-in-progress photos in my Instagram feed. You should follow along! I’m Nicole_boldgoods.

improv quilt


  1. This is a beautiful quilt! I have a fat quarter bundle of Architextures, and I think you just gave me an idea on what to do with it! This free-form style could be the answer I’ve been looking for!

  2. Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog! I just love that Flickr group and get so much inspiration from all the colorful and fun quilt interpretations.

    You have such a huge body of work! Amazing non-traditional baby quilts are so much fun! I haven’t pulled the trigger with Etsy but I keep threatening to put a couple on there and see what happens. Of course I see every little imperfection and think it makes it unsellable.

    Thanks again for stopping by!


  3. Anyone for whom this quilt doesn’t suit their taste must not be looking at the same quilt as me! It is wonderful on so many levels! The color combinations, the wonderfully-fun-and-baby-friendly-yet-modern improv piecing, the quilting, the backing. All of it! And for some reason I really love the look of the pink washi tape next to it :) Such a great job and I love your photos.

  4. I know I have already commented a few times on IG but I’ll say it again here – I just love this! The fabrics, the colors, the quilting – awesome!!!

  5. I really love this baby quilt! I agree that bold colors are good for babies…I think black, white, and red are best when they are little.

    I like lots of things about this quilt (the backing, binding, the rabbit) but what I really admire is the contrast. I am trying to do that better in my quilts. Any advice? Does it just come to your naturally or do you have any science behind picking your fabrics?

    I saw your quilt on Plum and June.

  6. Thiis is a fabulous quilt. I all the improv piecing and the quilting… I love everything about it. Beautiful!!!

  7. Thank you for your reply and advice! I just bought this fabric to try to make my daughter and a neighbor boy each a quilt out of it. I added you to my google reader so I can’t wait to see what you post next.

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