Put the Needle on the Record.

This quilt was born when a good high school friend of mine, Liz, became pregnant with her first child, Vivian. Liz recently lost her father, who was an exceptional man, and I wanted to make her an extra special gift from the heart.  For her baby shower, I decided to make Baby Viv a little quilt.  Well, it started out as a quilt, and ended up more as a playmat. 

I've been trying to get more creative with naming my quilts. The name, "Put the Needle on the Record," was born because I had quilted it in a pattern that looks just like lines on a record.  I couldn't resist the "needle" pun either.

Baby Viv on her new playmat.

I was inspired to make this quilt by this picture.  I searched for a pattern on how to make it, but couldn't find one...so I made one up.  I was lucky enough to have my tutorial featured on Moda Bake Shop.  Head on over there if you have a special baby that needs a quilt just like this.  I've also included how to make a matching changing pad from the scraps of the playmat.  If you'd rather not cut into your stash, you can make both the playmat and changing pad with just one Jelly Roll of fabric!

I hope it brightens your day.

A little more to the story: 

Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful and I have been emailing back and forth about the name of this quilt. 

Jenny: "Isn't the name of your quilt in a song?  cause I'm singing something in my head!"
Val: "Yep!  I can't thik of who sings it...is it the Beastie Boys?
Jenny:  "Maybe...it was a fun rap in the early 90's."
Val:  (after googling it)  "PUMP UP THE VOLUME!!!  That's it!"

I. heart. google.  What did we do in critical situations like this before it existed?



Thanks to Quilt Story for featuring this blog post!


  1. Adorable name for your quilt! Your friend Liz has a treasured gift for her little one. I like the vibrant colors.

  2. That's awesome! Isn't the name of your quilt in a song? Cause I'm singing something in my head!

  3. I just love that playmat!! I love the name and the whole concept! Congratulations on a beautiful creation!! :)

  4. OK, that's just too super cool!!

  5. Its just fantastic Val. And congrats on your Bake Shop feature!!! I'm sure your friend and her baby just love it. Bravo!!

  6. Fantastic! Just love it!

  7. Stunningly beautiful heirloom playmat. Thanks for sharing.


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