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?
A-ha! painter's tape! Now why haven't i thought of that! Great tip, thank you!ReplyDelete
You are welcome! It does lose its 'stick' after one use but I figure when I only pay a buck for it... why not?!ReplyDelete
Oh wow!! Painters tape!! What an awesome ideaReplyDelete
I use strip of painter's tape over and over and it works just fine.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern, I have THREE baby quilts to make and found the perfect fabric yesterday. This was what I had pictured in my mind. You've got the measurements so now I don't have to figure it out by myself. ~ShalomReplyDelete
You are quite welcome! Happy quilting!Delete
Great explanation!!! Did you stitch on both sides of the tape?ReplyDelete
I honestly don't remember!Delete
What is the finished size of this quilt?ReplyDelete
30"x50" - I've modified the quilt since and frequently do 8" finished squares and do a 5x5 block.Delete
When you do the 8inch big block, what size do you cut out the smaller 4?Delete
Instead of cutting and sewing each block separately could you sew 5.5 x length of the fabric and cut 5.5 pieces from each strip? Then flip the pieces every other one and sew together to form the block? I’m a newbie so is this possible?ReplyDelete
Yes! I actually do that now! This was written with the original instructions in mind.Delete
I'm preparing to do another quilt using this pattern - I LOVE IT!! So simple - and the lady I'm making it for, loves searching for just the right "signature" fabric for the big block, then I choose two other fabrics for the little 4-patches and the binding, with Minky on the back. Thanks for your work in developing the pattern - it's awesome!ReplyDelete
What great quilts!!! Thanks for sharing. I'll be making some of these for Joaquin's Basket--perfect size for them!ReplyDelete
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Ashley, I keep counting the blocks. It looks like a total of 15, rather than 14. But it's a great idea for baby quilt!ReplyDelete
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Wow!what a beautiful quilt is, I love the fabrics colors n pattern too. I m newbi but will try it soon. Thanks for sharing 👍 😊 😀 🙂 🙏ReplyDelete
First time to make a quilt.ReplyDelete
I want to make a full size quilt using the blocks. How many blocks do I cut? Also using a dove in the blocks It's a wedding gift to my granddaughter.
Hi Ashley- I just stumbled onto your blog while looking for a quick and easy baby quilt- as I have 3 to make this year already! I made mine with flannel. Love this pattern! Wish I could attach a pic. Thanks for the lovely pattern!ReplyDelete
Have you ever put a border around the quilt to make it a little bigger? How does it look?ReplyDelete
I squared it up and added a border on this quilt (http://www.craftyashleyb.com/2016/04/happy-baby-quilt-finish.html).Delete