Monday, April 30, 2012

Baby B Quilt Tutorial

This was my fastest quilt yet!  About a month ago, I helped throw a baby shower for one of my closest friends.  And it wasn't until that week that I realized how much it was sneaking up on me!  I wanted - oh, so badly - to make her a little quilt, but a quilt, in three days?  That was beyond my abilities!  Or so I thought!

Friday night - Cut, Cut, Cut {while in the midst of movie night with the fam}
Saturday morning/day - Sew, sew, sew, layer, baste, sew, sew, sew
Saturday night - Bind, bind, bind!

I did it!  Introducing the Baby B Quilt!

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How did I get it done so quickly?

* The size was very manageable
* The quilting was super simple straight line stitches
* The binding was machine sewn...a first for me.  My others have been part machine sewn and part hand sewn.

Want to make one?

The pattern that I did was a simple square that was roughly 39" x 39."  You can adjust the design to make it bigger by adding another row of squares to either {or both sides}.  You could have a 39" x 48.5" or a 48.5" x 48.5" or 48.5" x 58".  You get the idea!

I made 16 squares using this pattern below.
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And I used six different fabrics for the front of the quilt.  To make one like mine, you'll need:

8 pieces - 4" x 4" - Fabric #1
8 pieces - 4" x 6" - Fabric #2
8 pieces - 6" x 10" - Fabric #3
8 pieces - 4" x 4" - Fabric #4
8 pieces - 4" x 6" - Fabric #5
8 pieces - 6" x 10" - Fabric #6

Next, sew the larger pieces together like in the pattern above.  If you use six different fabrics like I did, you'll have 8 squares identical and another 8 squares identical.

Then I arranged the larger quilt pattern by rotating the squares by 1/4 turn every time.  There's a rough picture below.
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Now sew the squares together to give a finished quilt top!  I love the randomness of how it looks once it is all sewn together.

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For basting, I always use the safety pin method.  I lay the quilt back on the floor - with the part that will show to the outside facing the floor.  Make sure it is ironed and laying super flat.  Next layer the batting and lastly the quilt top with the top facing up.  And then I start pinning from the middle pulling taut as I go to make sure it's all straight!

For the binding, I cut my binding in 2 1/2" strips and iron them in half.  Next, sew it to the back with the straight edges lined up with the raw edge of the quilt.  I use 1/8" seam allowance here.  Next, fold the binding over to the front and sew as close to the folded edge as possible mitering the corners.


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That's it!  Email me or comment here with any questions.

And fold it up, tie with a ribbon, and give it away!

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7 comments:

  1. Love the quilt- so stinking cute!! - K

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  2. Way to go! I've been dreaming of conquering a quilt, and hope to soon! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Morgan @ pinkantlers.blogspot.com

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  3. Very, very cute!! The fabric is adorable!

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

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  4. That is beautiful! Great tutorial too - I love that you show the fabric placement! Thanks so much for linking up to the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  5. Is this that quick and easy quilt you were talking about on fb?!?! I LOVE THIS, I want to make one NOW!!!

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