Simplicity Needlework Catalog – Baby Puff & Baby Quilt

I love both of these little quilts from the 1948 Simplicity Needlework Catalog, and I even have the original pattern for the Lilies of the Valley Baby Puff. The transfer is very faded and I’m not sure it would even work, so I would probably draw over the pattern and trace it onto the fabric — which is what I always do anyway, except this transfer is so large. The pattern calls for baby blue or pink satin, soft taffeta, silk crepe, rayon or sateen. Silk?….they must be kidding. Here is the materials list, but remember if you’re going to try this — the amounts are for 36″ wide fabric.

Crib Size: 1 7/8 yds. for top; 1 1/3 yds. for backing
Carriage Size: 1 1/2 yds. for top; 1 yd. for backing
Nylon or silk thread for quilting on silk or rayon
No. 50, 60 or 70 mercerized thread for quilting on cotton
Lambs wool in sheets, or sheet cotton made especially for quilting
6 strand cotton

The instructions on the pattern tell you to make a lazy dazy flower in each of the quilted lily-of-the-valley flowers. I’m not sure about this — I think I would pick a stitch that would provide more coverage.



The Floral Applique Baby Quilt is also adorable and of since I love bows, it really appeals to me. This is pretty straightforward applique with a simple quilting pattern. I think this one would be nice to work in cotton sateen.



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