Family of Three Quilt

Family of Three Quilt

Hi friends!  I don’t know about you, but I always have an ongoing list of quilts on my to-make wish list. Some I’ve saved to Pinterest, some I’ve saved on Bloglovin and others have little tabs in my growing magazine collections.  I first spied this fantastic pattern by Lorna McMahon on her blog, Sew Fresh Quilts, here where she announced it would be published in Quiltmaker magazine.   As a subscriber to the magazine, I made sure to look for the pattern in the mail and bookmark it until I had a reason to make it.

When my friends, Rachel and Jake, announced that they were pregnant with their first little boy, I knew “Family of Three” was the perfect pattern for them. Eek…isn’t it cute!

Family of Three

A few month before the baby’s due date was born, I started brainstorming and ordered fabrics for the quilt.  The top is made with Kona solids, some new and some from my stash.  The backing is from Elizabeth Hartman’s collection and it’s PERFECT for this pattern!


The fabric came in right before my Mom’s visit and we were so busy traveling and making the Sombre Quilt that I didn’t get to start it.   Getting in to crunch time, I convinced my husband to quilt with me which was a really nice treat for me.  I had everything precut before he joined me, and we made a great team with me sewing and him pressing all the little pieces.  We managed to get the top done in a weekend. Yay!

I used a beautiful light turquoise spool of 5o wt aurifil and stippled the quilt with nice big soft loops.  Lorna recommended a brilliant technique to continue the design into the binding.  The grass portion of the quilt is bound in green while the top is bound in blue.  So fun!

Binding Detail

Giving quilts away is one of the biggest rewards of quilting for me. Here’s Rachel and I just days before her little man’s arrival.

Gifting the Quilt

I got to visit Rachel while she was in labor, showing some squadron pride with our special hand signal. Exciting times!

Oh hey, quilting shirt.

Baby's coming soon!

Baby Alistair is such handsome little man and is putting the quilt to good use.  Mom, Dad and Alistair are doing well!

Family of Three - Two ways!

I really enjoyed making the Family of Three quilt.  It was my second of Lorna’s patterns and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

Family of Three


All the Details

Pattern: Family of Three by Lorna McMahon for Quiltmaker Mag. Jan/Feb 2016

Size: 40″ x 53″

Piecing Fabric: RK Kona solids: Capri, Cactus, Amber, Cheddar and assorted scraps from my stash

Backing – Rhoda Ruth Nature Giraffe

Quilting: Stipple using Aurifil Light Turquoise 50wt Thread




  • How awesome that baby Alistair is going to have such a wonderful quilt in his life. That backing fabric is perfection!

    • Rachel Dreher

      Thanks! I know – I HAD to buy that print, it was just too perfect. I may have bought a little extra for my stash too. 😉

  • Rsmary

    This is such a great quilt. I love the pictures of all of you and sweet little Alistair
    what a cutie

    • Rachel Dreher

      Isn’t he adorable!? His momma has let me hold him many times and I never want to give him back!

  • This is beautiful! Lorna always designs such cute patterns, but this is an extra level. I cannot believe how perfect that tiny giraffe print is.

    • Rachel Dreher

      Doesn’t she?! I always think I want to start designing my own patterns and then I fall in love with other people’s designs (like Lorna) and get too busy stitching them up!

  • Oh my goodness! How did I miss this?!!! Your giraffe family quilt turned out so cute! It was really enjoyable to read all about the special little man you made this quilt for. He is simply adorable! And I agree with everyone else… That was the perfect backing fabric. Nicely done! PS. That photo of the new family of three in their matching socks – priceless!

%d bloggers like this: