Sudoku baby quilt

Have you ever used the answer key of a sudoku puzzle for creating a quilt?


(This is not the answer key that I used for the baby quilt, but it really doesn’t matter which one you use.)


Each number in the key represents a different fabric. With 9 fabrics you can create a “random” lay-out where each fabric only appears once in each column and once in each row. It is  a huge time saver when deciding on what fabric needs to go where.


Only downside is that sometimes with a limited color palette you have colors that cluster. I have learned to accept that as part of the quick turn over that baby quilts can require.


I quilted the simple patchwork top with a swirl pattern I learned in an Angela Walters class I was fortunate enough to attend in September in France.


The swirls meandered in a horizontal row and between each swirl-row I added a different pattern.


I really felt rusty doing the FMQ, but the results are not too bad.


Between the swirl rows I put different ribbon-like patterns.



In the corner of the quilt I wrote the little boy’s name and the year of his birth.


The letters are a bit scibbly on purpose. I didn’t want a clean and super tidy look.


The binding turned out perfect. I attached the double found binding (2,5″ strip) to the back of the quilt using the default stitch on my Janome 8900. I used the widest walking foot that came with the machine, with the needle all the way to the right. This turns out to be a smidge over 1/4″ from the side of that wide foot. After folding the binding to the front, I repostitioned the needle to its central position and stitched the binding down. The side of the foot neatly lined up with the edge of the quilt. I am really happy with this look.


The quilt turned all wrinkly after washing.


The marks I made (for writing the name) with the water soluable pen dissapeared too.


All done!


I have a similar quilt all cut out in pink, creme, and some orangy browns waiting to be pieced. Hope to get to this one soon.






33 thoughts on “Sudoku baby quilt

  1. Both the colors and the wavy pattern you selected made me think:
    OCEAN BREEZE! The edging of your quilt looks very crisp. Another beautiful creation. Congratulations.

    • Yes it looks like the ocean. The colors were selected because the baby’s parents used these in the baby’s room. I sneakily asked the new-to-be-grandma what it looked like.

  2. It’s beautiful! I like the Sudoku idea for scraps, which I use all the time. I will try that, thanks! Your alternate quilting designs are another great idea. I’m even going to try your binding plan and see if I like that, because I really hate binding. A lot! Thanks for a post of great inspiration!

    • Hello!!!
      I think the sudoku trick would work on any scraps, especially if you use a broader color palette than I have. Less likely to have clusters of one color that way.
      I have had to experiment with the binding and the needle position. I finally found this new way that I like best, but it may be different on your machine as the feet are of different width maybe.

  3. So now I have a reason to just go to the back of the sudoku book and not even try to solve the puzzles! I love how this turned out, especially your tidy binding.

  4. Esther it’s beautiful! The simple patchwork is lifted to higher ground by your magnificent quilting. And it doesn’t even look that unattainable!! I’m going to excercise with pen and paper rightaway!
    Thanks for inspiring me

    • Hi Betty, yes it not very difficult. The swirls in a row are a bit tricky as you need to alternate the curls: one from the top curled, one from the bottom curled… once you get the hang of it, it is easy… (I make mistakes on this design too when I am tired!) I was taught this design in a Angela Walters class. There may be videos on how to do it, or some drawings.
      If you need andy tips, let me know!

  5. Thank you so much for this awesome sudoku idea! If I ever make a quilt of squares, I’ll definitely use this method.
    I also like how your quilt turned out with these different quilting patterns. It’s like you filled my head with tons of new ideas to try one day.


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