Easy Vintage Look Baby Quilt Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    Make an Easy Baby Quilt

    Vintage Look Baby Quilt Pattern
    Go Vintage or Contemporary, Your Choice. Janet Wickell

    Sew a Vintage Look Baby Quilt

    Vintage Orchards is an easy vintage look baby quilt pattern that's made by assembling two color variations of the same quilt block, Practical Orchard. The two variations are alternated in the quilt's layout so that like fabrics never meet, a step that creates a secondary pattern when blocks are sewn together.

    Use completely different fabrics for your quilt if you wish. Do consider color value when you choose quilting fabrics for this or any other quilt.

    Finished...MORE Quilt Block Size: 6" x 6"

    Finished Quilt Size: 35" x 47"

    Quilting Fabrics and Other Materials

    Dark brown print for squares in blocks: 5/8 yard

    Grayish-blue/brown print for squares in blocks: 7/8 yard

    Neutral dot for squares in blocks: 1/2 yard

    Tiny blue dots on beige for quarter square triangle units: 3/8 yard

    Blue-gray print, slightly lighter than print used in squares, for quarter square triangle units: 3/8 yard

    Contrasting print for borders: 1/2 yard for pieced crosswise grain strips; or, 1-1/4 yards for less stretchy lengthwise grain strips.

    Backing: 1-3/4 yards (How to Make Quilt Backing)

    Batting: about 45" x 57"

    Binding: about 190 running inches of doublefold binding to finish at 1/2" or another width of your choice (Binding Strip Instructions)

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  • 02 of 04

    Make Version 1 of the Practical Orchard Quilt Block

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    Version #1 of the Practical Orchard Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Quilt Block Cutting Instructions

    You'll need extra strips if your fabric isn't at least 42" wide. Beginning quilters should learn how to cut strips of fabric and how to cut patchwork shapes before making the quilt.

    Dark brown print:

    • (4) 2-1/2" wide strips from selvage to selvage
    • (2) 2-1/2" x 12" strips

    Grayish-blue/brown print:

    • (4) 2-1/2" wide strips from selvage to selvage
    • (2) 2-1/2" x 12" strips

    Tiny blue dots on beige:

    • (1) 3-1/4" x 31" strip
    • cut (9)...MORE 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares from strip

    Blue-gray print

    • (1) 3-1/4" x 31" strip
    • cut (9) 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares from strip

    Assemble 18 Practical Orchard Quilt Blocks

    1. Sew a 2-1/2" x selvage length dark brown strip lengthwise to each side of a grayish-blue/brown print of the same size. Press to set the seam.
    2. Press seam allowances towards the center strip.
    3. Square up one end of the strip set and cut as many 2-1/2" segments from it as possible (probably 16).
    4. Make another identical strip set and cut more 2-1/2" segments. Make a third strip set by combining the 12" long strips in the same way. Cut a total of (36) 2-1/2" segments. Set aside.
    5. Cut (36) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares from the remaining grayish-blue strips. Set aside.
    6. Use the easy quick piecing method to combine a 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" blue dot square with the blue-grey square of the same size. The result will be (2) half square triangle units that measure 2-7/8" x 2-7/8". Pair remaining squares to make a total of (18) identical units.
    7. Use the half square triangle units as parent squares for quarter square triangle units. Be sure that contrasting fabrics are across from each other when you sew the parent squares together (Quarter Square Triangle Unit Instructions).
    8. Combine the remaining parent half square triangle units to make (18) quarter square triangle units that measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
    9. Arrange (2) strip pieced units with dark brown corners to form rows 1 and 3 of the block as shown.
    10. Arrange two grayish-blue squares and (1) quarter square triangle unit as shown to form row 2. Sew row 2 components together. Press seam allowances towards the outer squares.
    11. Sew the rows together, butting seams for a good match. Press. The quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". (Quick Fixes for Problem Quilt Blocks)
    12. Make a total of (18) identical Practical Orchard quilt blocks.
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  • 03 of 04

    Make Version 2 of the Practical Orchard Quilt Block

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    Practical Orchard Quilt Block Pattern, Version 2. Janet Wickell

    Version 2 of the Practical Orchard quilt block is assembled exactly like Version 1 blocks, but with fabric differences.

    Cutting Instructions

    You'll need extra strips if your fabric isn't at least 42" wide.

    Grayish-blue/brown print:

    • (4) 2-1/2" wide strips from selvage to selvage
    • (2) 2-1/2" x 6" strips

    Neutral dotted print:

    • (4) 2-1/2" wide strips from selvage to selvage
    • (2) 2-1/2" x 6" strips

    Tiny blue dots on beige:

    • (1) 3-1/4" x 31" strip
    • cut (9) 3-1/4" x...MORE 3-1/4" squares from strip

    Blue-gray print

    • (1) 3-1/4" x 31" strip
    • cut (9) 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares from strip

    Assemble 17 Practical Orchard Quilt Blocks

    1. Sew a 2-1/2" x selvage length grayish-blue/brown strip lengthwise to each side of a neutral dotted print strip of the same size. Press to set the seams and then press seam allowances towards the center strip.
    2. Square up one end of the strip set and cut as many 2-1/2" segments from it as possible (probably 16).
    3. Make another identical strip set and cut 2-1/2" segments. Make a third strip set by combining the 6" long strips in the same way. Cut a total of (34) 2-1/2" segments. Set aside.
    4. Cut (34) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares from the remaining neutral dotted strips. Set aside.
    5. Use the same quick pieced half square triangle method to combine a 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" blue dot square with a blue-grey square of the same size. The result will be (2) half square triangle units that measure 2-7/8" x 2-7/8". Pair remaining squares to make a total of (18) units.
    6. Use the half square triangle units as parent squares for quarter square triangle units. Be sure that contrasting fabrics are across from each other when you sew the parent squares together as you did previous quarter square units.
    7. Combine the remaining parent half square triangle units to make (17) total quarter square triangle units that measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" (you'll have one extra).
    8. Arrange (2) strip pieced units with grayish/blue corners to form rows 1 and 3 of the block as shown.
    9. Arrange (2) neutral dotted squares and (1) quarter square triangle unit as shown to form row 2. Sew the components together. Press seam allowances towards the outer squares.
    10. Sew the rows together, butting seams for a good match. Press. The quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
    11. Make a total of (17) version 2 Practical Orchard quilt blocks.
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  • 04 of 04

    Assemble the Easy Baby Quilt

    Baby Quilt Patterns
    Assemble the Vintage Orchards Baby Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Assemble the Vintage Orchards Baby Quilt

    1. Arrange the quilt blocks to form the seven rows illustrated. There are two different row configurations in the Vintage Orchards baby quilt, each containing five blocks. Odd numbered rows (1, 3, 5, 7) begin and end with dark-brown corned quilt blocks. Even numbered rows (2, 4, 6) begin and end with gray-blue/brown cornered quilt blocks.
    2. Sew the blocks in each row together, matching seam intersections carefully. Secure matched seams with straight pins to keep...MORE fabrics from shifting.
    3. Press new seams towards the blocks with darkest corners.
    4. Sew the rows together, again taking care to match and pin seam intersections. Press.
    5. Use 2-1/2" wide strips of contrasting fabric to make the inner borders. Beginners - don't be tempted to measure your quilt along its outer edges, because it is likely skewed a bit. Use borders to square up the quilt before the finishing steps. Border Instructions
    6. Mark the top for quilting if necessary. Sandwich the quilt top with batting and backing and baste the layers together using a method appropriate to the type of quilting planned (safety pin basting, adhesives, and thread basting are three).
    7. Quilt the quilt and carefully remove excess batting and backing.
    8. Finish by applying the binding. If sewing wide binding with mitered corners to the quilt with a 1/2" seam, stop sewing and backstitch 1/2" from each edge, not the 1/4" you typically see in quilt instructions. The link in this step explains why that's important.