Thank Friday It’s Finished! Papillion Baby Quilt

Papillion Baby Quilt

I have finally finished this very pretty baby quilt. I showed you this a few weeks ago when it was just a quilt top, click here to see that post and find out how I used the disappearing nine patch block technique to create the Papillion Baby quilt.

Papillion Baby QuiltI decided to quilt this in a spiral. I do love spirals, they bring a lovely softness to the hard edges of square blocks. The quilting lines are about half an inch apart, which gives a really lovely crinkle to the fabric. (Yes, everything is lovely today!) The thread I used for the quilting is Mettler silk-finish 100% cotton mercerised, this is a 50 weight thread. I used a lilac and light purple colour that coordinated with the colours in the quilt, the silk finish has a pretty sheen to it which fit well with feel of the quilt.

This is the first time I have used a 50 weight cotton to quilt with and I admit I embarked on this with some worry that the whole thing was going to fall apart before I even finished stitching the first spiral! I put this down to my fear of the secret quilt police, who issued a whole host of dire warnings when I first began quilting. As you can see, I had no need of worry, the thread worked wonderfully, no problems with breakage or thread fatigue in the quilting.

Papillion Baby

This was also my first time using Mettler threads. I have a whole case of different ranges that I got as a free gift when I bought a new sewing machine at The Festival of Quilts.  The case includes cotton quilting and embroidery threads in a variety of thread weights, all of which I am looking forward to trying out.

Mettler Thread selection

Definitely worth waiting for a show if you are in the market for a new machine, there are some really great deals to be had.

Papillion Baby QuiltFor the back of the quilt I decided to use a single piece of fabric that was included in the quilt top. I thought about doing a pieced back with some of the left over nine patch blocks, however with the spiral quilting design I thought that a ‘clean’ back would really help the spiral stand out. I think I made the right decision, the spiral adds enough interest to the back of the quilt.

Papillion BabyFor the filling I have used Hobbs Heirloom wool batting. The finished quilt measures 42 inches x 48 inches (107 cm x 122 cm) All fabrics are quilting weight cotton. Fabric links can be found in this post Lilac Baby.

I love how pretty and feminine this quilt is, the colours are even better when seen by eye.

Lisa at The Quilting Bird

I will be linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday Crazy Mom Quilts Can I get a Whoop Whoop



17 thoughts on “Thank Friday It’s Finished! Papillion Baby Quilt

    • Thank you very much Jenn. Practice which way you want to sew the spiral, then just go for it. Start with a short stitch length and don’t worry about not being perfectly arched, slight wobbles really don’t show up when it’s finished. I’d love to see it when it’s finished.


  1. I love the name of your quilt 🙂 I also think the spiral was a great choice, and the full cloth back lets the spiral really pop. Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

    Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday 🙂


    • Thanks for stopping by Kitty. I took the name from the fat quarter set from Textile Francais, which is called Papillion Mauve, I am pretty rubbish at naming my quilts and I thought this sounded better than Lilac Baby (it’s original name).


    • Thank you very much. I absolutely love the way this has turned out, it is very pretty, the colours on the computer just do not do it justice. This is my favourite quilt, just don’t tell the other quilts, they will get jealous!


  2. Hi Lisa,
    Wondering how you got the perfect circles quilting. Did you just eyeball it? Mark it with chalk? Use a longarm or home sewing machine? Anyway, I love the look! (why the British “colour”? Where do you live?


    • Hi Greta, believe me the circles are definitely not perfect! I start the spiral by marking, just the first spiral, then I use the edge of my walking foot as a guide for the rest of the spiral. In August I treated myself to a new computerised domestic machine, the speed control does help when beginning the spiral, but before getting this machine I had a standard domestic mechanical machine which did just as good a job as the new machine. It’s worth having a go at quilting spirals, the hardest part is at the start, but once you have done 3 or 4 cycles it gets much easier.

      Regarding “colour” I assume you are referring to my spelling. I am British, I live in London, UK.


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