But that's off topic. Every time someone I know is pregnant or has a baby, I make the same baby quilt. The one I found in that book. It is super simple to make, uses limited fabrics and comes together quickly.
Wanna know how to make this wonderfully easy gift? You're in luck! One of my co-workers down the hall just had a little boy with his wife and I just haven't had time to make their gift until now!
You'll need the following cuts of three fabrics for the quilt top:
- Fabric #1 and #2: 1/3 to 1/2 yard (depending on direction of print)
- Fabric #3: 2/3 to 3/4 yard
The final front will look like this diagram:
You will also need an additional 1 1/2 yards of one of the fabrics for backing.
To create this quit top:
Cut 14 5.5" by 5.5" squares from both Fabric #1 and Fabric #2
Cut 8 10.5" by 10.5" squares from Fabric #3.
Pair up Fabric #1 and #2 and sew together with a 1/4" seam to create 14 total rectangles.
Be sure to press each to the same fabric on all.
I also do not snip the threads between each rectangle until I sew all 14 rectangles. Chain sewing like this creates a steady flow and also speeds things up.
Take your 14 rectangles and match them up as show in the above diagram. Your seams should be pressed opposite of each other and butt up precisely. Sew these all together using chain sewing using 1/4" seam.
You will end up with a total of 7 blocks.
You will now take the Fabric #3 and match it up with the created blocks of Fabric #1 and #2. I generally pin a pairing of five to chain stitch these.
Finally I add in my third block to each row to do a final round of chain stitching to finish the rows.
After all of the rows are sewn, sew each row together. Do pay attention to the direction of your print and placement. You should end up with this:
(Ignore the other quilt! I was too lazy to take it down before I took this picture!)
For this quilt since the fabrics are so busy and I enjoyed the straight stitching so much with the last one, I did it again using my secret weapon: painter's tape! (Thank goodness for the Dollar Tree and $1 tape!)
I have still binding to add but that's a post for another day!
How's your sewing going?