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Try This Easy Baby Quilt Pattern
It's Easy to Sew These Baby Quilts
I receive lots of emails from beginning quilters who are looking for easy baby quilt patterns This simple baby quilt is perfect for beginners and an excellent choice for any quilter who wants to sew a quick project
Several years ago, I met with some of our Quilting forum members at a quilting seminar in North Carolina. We spent one evening making these easy baby quilts for The Grace Children's Foundation, a non-profit group that delivers aid of all types... to orphaned and abandoned children in China.
It was fun to finally have real faces to link with the names of forum members I talk with every day online and working in the same room made it a breeze to sew these little quilts together in assembly-line fashion
Sewing the Easy Baby Quilts
Quilting fabric is about 42" wide, so making a quilt that's 40" or narrower means you don't need to piece the backing as long as you have enough yardage to cover its length. Increase the quilt size as necessary for your project and learn how to make quilt backing for larger quilts..
Our baby quilts finished at 28" x 34", a nice size for little ones.Continue to 2 of 2 below.
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Cut Fabrics and Assemble the Baby Quilt
Cutting Instructions for One Baby Quilt
- Cut twenty 4-1/2" squares of fabric for blocks.
- Press your fabric and cut eight 2-1/2" wide strips across the fabric's crosswise grain to use for sashing.
- Cut four 3" wide strips across the fabric's crosswise grain to use for borders.
Sew the Baby Quilts
- Place a 2-1/2" wide sashing strip right side up at your sewing machine. Align a square right side down along the strip's right edge, just past the selvage at the top. Sew the square to the strip with a... quarter inch seam allowance.
- Stop sewing long enough to position a second square a little bit past the first. Sew the second square to the strip.
- Continue sewing squares to the strip until you've covered the entire usable strip length (avoid the selvage at the bottom end of the strip).
- Take your pieced unit to the ironing board and press the seams towards the squares. If squares are lighter than sashing, press towards the sashing.
- Continue piecing and trimming squares until all squares have sashing on one edge.
- Move to your cutting table and cut the units apart. Place a rotary ruler along a square, aligning rules on the cutter with the side and bottom edges of the square and letting it extend past the sashing. Trim through both (illustration).
- Use the same technique to sew sashing to either the top or bottom edge of the units. Be consistent so that blocks are alike (sashing will create an 'L' around the squares).
- Trim the second sashing to create the finished blocks.
- Arrange the blocks on a design wall or table, then sew together into rows. Sashing will separate all blocks and appear on two sides of the quilt top.
- Press seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions. Sew rows together.
- Trim and sew sashing strips to the two remaining sides of the quilt.
- Sew butted borders around each side.
Read the instructions on quilt batting and choose a product that doesn't need to be closely quilted to stay intact, such as Warm and Natural.
Finishing the Quilt
Sew binding to the edges of the quilt or finish the quilt's edges more quickly using this technique, sometimes referred to as birthing a quilt.
- Arrange the quilt top and backing right sides together and place a layer of batting underneath the backing.
- Sew a 1/2" to 3/4" seam allowance around the quilt, leaving an opening along one side.
- Put your hand into the opening and turn the quilt right side out. Turn under the open edges and hand stitch to secure them.
- Quilt to hold layers together.
Comfort Quilt Patterns
We're usually concerned about fast production when we make comfort quilts, but finishing them quickly doesn't mean they should be stitched together haphazardly. Your quilt might be the only personal possession of the child or adult who receives it, so construct the project with care.
There are an endless number of quilt patterns that are quick and attractive. You'll find many options right here on The Spruce:
- Scrappy Floating Stars is an easy quilt block. You can make a quilt of any size quickly. Consider brightly colored prints if you're making baby quilts or quilts for older children.
- Here's an easy rag quilt pattern that might work for you.
- Consider making a string quilt from your leftover scraps. They're easy, even for beginning quilters, and require very little quilting.
- Snowball blocks are a good choice when you want to put together a quick quilt.
A Few Easy Quilt Block Patterns