Published – Baby Raccoon Bandit Quilt

This little sweet Baby Quilt with the Raccoon Bandit has been published in Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2017 Magazine.  I am happy to share this cozy little cutie with you.

My girlfriend called to say she had received her newest issue and had found my original pattern.  It is always a nice surprise since you make your quilt months in advance for the Magazine and have to wait for the published issue to arrive.

I used EQ7 to design this quilt.  I was able to upload swatches of the actual fabric I was going to use and get a good idea of what the quilt would look like.  Northcott Fabrics generously provided the material which was a gorgeous, heavy weight flannel.  I used prints from TeePee Time by Deborah Edwards that had a super cute little raccoon in the design and I coordinated with Toscana flannels also by Deborah Edwards that has a nice mottled look that blends well with the prints.  These sewed and washed up beautifully and they have a very nice hand feel.

For this quilt, because I had some interesting piecing directions I wanted to try, I made a prototype quilt.  And I made him super modern, a blue raccoon!

I print out the rotary cutting directions from EQ7 and then I adjust them based upon how I want to assemble the quilt using my quilting knowledge.  I like to avoid bias edges and make things as easy as possible to assemble.  So I write up all my notes as I sew.

Here is my Baby Blue Bandit.  It just gives you an idea of how by just changing colors, you can make lots of different styles from one pattern.

I used some simple constructions shortcuts to make this giant 20″ block even faster.  There is only one template for the ears.  I loved this cute little critter, I hope you enjoy making one too!

Thanks for letting me share!  Happy Stitching!

Sweet Baby Burp Cloth (Free Pattern)

burp cloth - lori miller designs

A good friend is having a baby boy and her baby shower is next week.  I wanted to stitch up something useful and I decided to make these super cute little sweet baby burp cloths.  They are soft and absorbent using soft flannel and diaper cloth.  I remember these were really handy when my son was born and you always needed a bunch of them.  I was so glad you could just throw them in the wash to be ready for another day.  This shape is what I remembered having long ago.  It is a very quick project.  Read on for my tutorial and a free pattern.

This will make four burp cloths.


  • 1/2 yd of baby print flannel
  • 1  yd of diaper cloth



  1. Using my free Sweet Baby Burp Cloth Pattern, Cut out 4 flannel panels and 8 diaper cloth panels.P1090936
  2. Layer the flannel right side up, and the diaper cloth, right side down.  Use two layers of diaper cloth.P1090948
  3. Using a 3/4″ seam, to catch all the layers, and leaving an opening for turning, stitch around the entire burp cloth.P1090949
  4. Clip the curves.P1090950
  5. Turn it right side out.P1090952
  6. Iron the burp cloth flat making sure to fold in the edges of the opening.P1090953
  7. Topstitch closely to the outer edge of the burp cloth, being sure to stitch the opening closed.P1090954
  8. Topstitch again 1/4″ away from the edge stitching.P1090955
  9. Finished!  A very cute and quick little gift.  Now to just sew a few more.  They really stitch up in a jiffy.

Do you have a “go to” handmade gift for new babies that you like to make?  Let me know.