It seems like most my friends having kids are getting buy one get one free deals because I have another friend having twins! You can check last years twin quilt post here for another pattern idea. This pattern could be used on its own but it also works well if you want a matching pattern for similar quilt outcomes that are each unique.
I wanted each blanket to be special on its own but also match in obvious ways with its companion. The finished size comes out at about 53″X64″. I choose animal patterns for the main themed fabrics (one raccoon, one owl). The instructions below are for one quilt, double for twin blankets. A 1/4″ seem allowance is used and materials are based on 42″ wide strips.
- 1 1/8 yard theme fabric (choose two different themed prints here if you are doing two quilts.)
- 1/8 yard of sixteen coordinating fabrics. (or eight 1/4 yard if you want to keep it simple)
- 1/4 yard of four solids
- 4 yards backing
- 1/2 yard binding fabric (or purchase pre-made binding)
Cutting: note you will be cutting for main squares of A,B,C,D plus solid strips which will be pieced together for sashing.
- Solids/Sashing- (four 1/4 yards)
Cut each into 1 1/2″X42″ strips
Then cut 75- 1 1/2″X10″ rectangles from these strips
Sew lengthwise at random into one long strip
Cut into 11- 1 1/2″X64 1/2″ strips
- Theme fabrics
Cut 9- 4″X 42″ strips
Cut into 18- 4″X16 1/2″ rectangles =C
- Coordinating fabrics
Cut the following:
Cut all into 4″X 42″strips then from those:
21- 4″ X 12 1/2″=C
17- 4″X 8 1/2″=B
23- 4″ X 4 1/2″=A
- Backing I decided to give the backing a little flair and sliced a row down the middle from each side and added it to the middle or the coordinating piece. Photos below as a guide but basically I measured the backing fabric cut that number in a fourth and cut that amount and sewed it in the middle of the sliced center.
Once you have all your strips and rectangles cut make piles for the different sizes (A,B,C,D) and then mix up each pile in a random order. You don’t want any fabrics that are the same pattern to be next to each other. The idea is to have the coordinating fabric be mixed up and even looking throughout. I like to lay it all out (typically on the floor because I don’t have a fancy design wall) and treat it like a puzzle. I mix and match and make sure the flow and feel look good to me. Once you have a lay out sew each row then sew those together with a sashing in between.
Each row should be the same length and have a mix of every other be rectangles and the sashing. You should end up with 12 rows with a sashing between each. I choose not to use any batting and didn’t quilt any patterns. I simply attached the two layers and added binding. Here is a helpful video to learn how to make your own binding.