Pretty in Pastels Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Pretty in Pastels Baby Quilt

    Pretty in Pastels Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Pretty in Pastels is a baby quilt made from Clay's Choice quilt blocks. Two colorways of half square triangle units are combined with rotary cut squares to make the blocks. A single border frames the quilt.


    Finished baby quilt: about 30" x 42"


    Finished block size: 6" x 6"


    Half Square Triangle Units


    Instructions use an easy quick piecing method to assemble the half square triangle units. You might prefer a different assembly technique. Alter cutting to suit the method used. Units should finish at...MORE 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square (measure 2" x 2" before sewing them to neighboring components).


    The Magic 8 half square triangle tutorial explains how to make eight identical units at once.


    Fabrics & Other Materials


    Pink: 1/4 yard


    Yellow: 3/8 yard


    Green: 1/2 yard


    Blue: 1 yard


    Backing: 1-1/2 yards


    Batting: about 40" x 50"


    Binding: about 165 running inches of doublefold binding (Binding Strip Instructions)


    Cutting Instructions


    Begin by cutting only enough fabric to make a test block or two. New quilters — learn how to cut long strips of fabric.


    Pink:


    • (2) 2" x selvage width strips, (1) 2" x 13" strip; cut (48) 2" x 2" squares from strips

    Yellow:


    • (2) 2" x selvage width strips, (1) 2" x 13" strip; cut (48) 2" x 2" squares from strips
    • (3) 2-3/8" x selvage width strips; cut (48) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares from strips

    Green:


    • (4) 2" x selvage width strips, (1) 2" x 25" strip; cut (96) 2" x 2" squares from strips
    • (3) 2-3/8" x selvage width strips; cut (48) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares from strips

    Blue:


    • (6) 2-3/8" x selvage width strips; cut (96) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" squares from strips
    • Border strips are cut after the quilt is assembled

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    Sew the Clay's Choice Quilt Blocks

    Pretty In Pastels Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Refer to the quick pieced half square triangle instructions to assemble all half square triangle units.


    1. Pair a 2-3/8" yellow square with a blue square of the same size. Use the method linked above to make two half square triangle units from the pair. When complete, the units should measure 2" x 2".
    2. Repeat, combining the remaining 2-3/8" yellow squares with an equal number of 2-3/8" blue squares to make a total of 96 half square triangle units.
    3. Pair remaining 2-3/8" blue...MORE squares with 2-3/8" green squares to make 96 half square triangle units.
    4. Illustration, middle left: Sew a 2" pink square to a green/blue triangle square unit as shown. Press seam allowance towards the square.
    5. Sew a 2" green square to the left side of a yellow/blue triangle square unit as shown. Press seam allowance towards the yellow/blue unit.
    6. Sew the row with the pink square to the row with the green square, matching seams carefully. Press seam allowance towards the green square.
    7. Repeat to make a second identical 2-row unit.
    8. Illustration, middle right: Sew two more rows as shown, a 2" green square to a 2" yellow square and a yellow/blue triangle square unit to a blue/green half square triangle unit.
    9. Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowance in the top row towards the yellow square and towards the yellow/blue square in the bottom row. Join the rows. Repeat to make another identical unit.
    10. Arrange units as illustrated, lower left, to create two rows. Sew components of each row together. Press. Join the rows, matching seam allowances. Press. The quilt block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
    11. Make 24 identical Clay's Choice quilt blocks.

     


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    Assemble the Pastels Quilt

    Pretty in Pastels Baby Quilt
    Janet Wickell

     ​Assemble the Rows and Finish Sewing the Quilt


    1. Sew four quilt blocks side-by-side to make a row, arranging blocks so that pink squares are in the upper left and lower right positions. (The illustration on Page 1 shows the quilt in a horizontal orientation.) Use straight pins to keep fabrics from shifting as you sew.
    2. Make a total of six rows. Two are illustrated.
    3. Press new seam allowances in adjacent rows in opposite directions. Sew rows together, checking placement to make sure your pink squares...MORE are aligned correctly.
    4. Press the quilt top.
    5. Use 3" wide strips of blue fabric to make borders for the quilt. Beginners — don't be tempted to measure your quilt along its outer edges because it is likely skewed a bit. Borders are an opportunity to square it up before the finishing steps. Border Instructions
    6. Mark the top for quilting if necessary. Sandwich with batting and backing. Baste the quilt and add the quilting stitches.
    7. Remove excess batting and backing. Finish by applying the binding around all edges of the quilt.