Baby quilt

Here is a quick baby quilt using a very simple design.

In this case, I used blocks, no batting, and flannel for the backing.  It is soft, not bulky, and great for swaddling baby.  Perfect for a newborn, and great for a baby shower gift. Perhaps add a burp cloth with matching fabric?

You will notice that the seams of the lighter blocks are visible.  This is due to the flannel that I used.  I still make mistakes, and that's ok.  The day that I stop learning, is the day that I check out from this joyride!

What you will need

  • 10 running quarters
  • 40 x 45″ flannel (I used flannel sheeting available from your local material shop) *Tip – don’t use a darker flannel like I did.  It makes the light seams obvious.  Use a background that will make your seams “disappear”
  • Coordinating thread for piecing
  • Thread for quilting
running quarters
two for binding

Instructions

  • Keep two running quarters aside for the binding.
  • Stitch the running quarters together in rows.
Cut rows to blocks
  • Now it’s a matter of alternating the strips so that you have an alternating block pattern.  Stitch these back together until you have a full quilt top measuring approximately 40 x 45″.

When you pin the rows together, make sure that you are nesting your seams.  Nesting allows the join to lie flat when you press it and makes the quilting easier.

  • Give the seams a press.  I sometimes press my seams open, but with the light fabric I chose to press the seams to the darker side.
  • Use your 6″ ruler, or else measure the 6″ and cut columns so that you have blocks.
nest the seams
quilt top
  • Sandwich your top and flannel for quilting.  I used the Bugs with Flowers pantographs available from our store.  When you quilt only two layers like this, your sewing machine tension can be an issue, so check throughout.
  • When you have done your quilting, square up your quilt and bind.  A tutorial on binding is available here.

I made this whole project in less than a day – finishing in time to fetch the kids from school!  The advantage is that using running quarters, there is very little cutting.  I always find that to be the most time consuming – that and loading the layers on the frame!

Happy quilting!

aggie
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