Simply Retro // quilt pattern book review

Last week I shared a blog post showcasing my “Wiggling Quilt” from the book “Modern One-Block Quilts” and it kicked off a quilt pattern book review blog post series! Who doesn’t love a good blog series?! If you want to read about the fun and quirky book “Modern One-Block Quilts” and see cute pictures of an adorable baby girl floral quilt, click here!

Today’s stop on the Quilt Book Review Series is a book that has been around for a little while but will always be a winner in my eyes! My mom got Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley a few years ago and I have been looking through these beautiful patterns ever since! I’ve actually made FOUR baby quilts already from patterns in this amazing book, so you can definitely say I got my money’s worth! (That is a joke since I stole my mom’s book… thanks mom, you’re the best!)

I wanted to share some of my favorite quilts that I have gotten the chance to make using patterns from the book Simply Retro by @thimbleblossoms. One of the patterns that really caught my eye is Swell. (and it also happens to be my most well-photographed quilts from this book)

I modified the Swell pattern to transition it into a Baby size and had so much fun with it that I decided to make it twice in two different color schemes.

The first one I made was with all shades of blue scraps — many of them are Michael Miller or Riley Blake! I used solid Kona Ash for the background and Navy Blue Minky fabric for the backing! The quilting was done in a grid with a walking foot, of course!

These pieces may look small, but this quilt really does come together super quick!

My second time making the Swell Quilt was actually for a custom Etsy order!


This custom order specified “Brightly colored gender-neutral quilt” and the client told me how much she liked the design of the Blue scrappy one I had made previously based on the photos she saw on Etsy! I sent her a few different fabric bundle options and these are the fabrics we settled on! About half-way through the quilt-making process we also found out that the mama-to-be that this quilt is intended for is decorating the nursery in different shades of Aqua! So I am pretty thrilled with how nicely this quilt will match the nursery décor!


The book “Simply Retro” is a lot of fun because the patterns do vary quite a bit, and allow a lot of room for interpretation and creativity! You really can make each quilt pattern your own! Many of the patterns are pre-cut friendly! For example, I could have used jelly rolls or charm packs on this one!

Included in Simply Retro you will find 11 complete quilt patterns, which makes it come out to just around $1 each! Can we talk about how great of a deal that is?! I have loved this book so much that I have also made “Vintage” and “Baby Love” as well for gifts for very important moms-to-be in my life! Unfortunately I forgot to take great pictures of them before gifting! (Please tell me I am not the only one who has made this mistake!!)

To purchase this book on Amazon click here, and to buy it directly from the publisher click here.

Other quilt patterns that this book includes that I really want to make are… well, ALL OF THEM! To narrow it down, “Framed” and “Fresh” stand out to me in particular! Do any stick out to you that you want to make next? Have you already made any of them? I would love to see!!

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