It must be baby season! I am working on a few quilts for friends and family. I wanted patterns that would work for either gender and something cuddly for the new babies to snuggle with. The are pretty simple patterns and are good for beginning quilters out there.
A mix of 5-12 patterned and solid soft fabrics. ( I say 5-12 because it depends on how often you want to repeat the same pattern I bought about 8 but it is up to your taste. In the end you will need 12- 1/8th yard (4 1/2 inches) strips. The extra fabric you end up with can be used for other projects like the Car Seat cover for a matching set.
This finished quilt measures to be about the standard crib size around 36″ by 54″ (want a bigger quilt? Just add more rows just cut one extra 1/8 yard per extra row) For more information on quilt sizing here is a good reference.
- Make 12 strips of 4 1/2″(1/8 yard) by the width of the fabric
- Cut those strips into the following rectangles. 9″, 6″, 4.5″ (from each strip you will get 2 of each size)
- Once you have all your rectangles cut lay out your design as desired. I like the pattern of 6, 4.5, 9, 4.5, 6, 9 The look is up to you and your fabrics but lay out all the rows as you like them. Try to even out the dark and light fabrics. It might take some swapping around and evening out so make sure you have a surface with enough room to work on.
- Sew the blocks together into rows, press, and sew your rows together and press.
- For the backing, measure your completed quilted surface and cut a matching back piece.
- Sew the quilted front and back together.
- For the final touch I used a silk binding for the edges. This is helpful for beginners that might end up with rough edges that they want to cover up. Here is a great youtube video for instructions on adding binding.
- Once you have you rectangles laid out in the pattern you like.
Cover Seat Cover or Playpad
Trim the selvages off your fabrics and lay them right sides together, trimming to make sure they are the same size.
Pin the fabrics together
Using a bowl, trace around the edges and trim off excess for a nice rounded edged corner look.
Sew with a 1/2 in. seam allowance, leaving a hole on one side for turning.
Clip your curves, turn inside out, and press along edges.