I needed a baby quilt and couldn’t find the right pattern so I made my own. You can read Part 1 here on my inspiration for the quilt.
To make the baby quilt, I bought 2 yards of pink polka dots, 2 yards of grey polka dots and 1 yard of the focus elephant fabric. If I hadn’t messed up on my binding there would have been about 1/2 yard extra elephant fabric, but since I did mess up, I had nothing left.
1 – 22-1/2″ x Length of fabric strip from the pink
1 – 3″ x Length of fabric strip from the pink cut into four 3″ x 4-1/2 rectangles
1 – 9″ Length of fabric strip from the grey
1 – 3″ x Length of fabric strip from the grey cut into four 3″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles
1 – 8″ Width of fabric strip from the focus fabric – cut into five 8″ squares
6 or 7 1-1/4″ strips of fabric to frame the focus fabric. I had scraps of white fabric that I used. If framing fabric is needed, 1/4 yard would be enough if the store cuts it straight. If not, again better to have more, 1/3 yard would be more than enough. Cut ten 9″ pieces from the 1-1/4″ strips and ten 11″ pieces from the 1-1/4″ strips. Keep any smaller pieces as they are needed for the block connector pieces.
Frame the blocks first by sewing the framing strips to the sides of each block. Sew the 9″ strips to the sides of all 5 blocks using a 1/4″ seam. Press seams open and trim the top and bottom of the block.
Sew the top and bottom framing pieces to the blocks with the side pieces using 1/4″ seam. Press seams open and trim all edges. The blocks with framing pieces should measure 9-1/2″ square. If needed, trim all squares the exact same size.
Sew one 3″ x 4-1/2″ pink piece to a left over framing piece.
Sew one 3″ x 4-1/2″ grey piece to the other side of the piece. Always sew using 1/4 seam. Press seams open and trim and extra of the framing fabric off making a nice smooth 3″ x 9-1/2″ piece. Repeat 3 more times using the 3″ x 4-1/2″ pieces.
The connector pieces need centered in the middle of each framed block. Rather than measuring and pinning, I pressed each block in half to find and see the center.
Sew one connector piece (the pink 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece, 1-1/4″ framing piece and 3″ x 4-1/2″ grey piece) to one framed focus fabric square. The connector piece will be slightly larger than the square but this will be trimmed off. Center the middle of the 1-1/2″ strip to the center of the framed focus block. Repeat, repeat, repeat and repeat. Again these are sewn with 1/4″ seam. Press seams open and trim off all excess of the connector pieces.
Sew your pink 22-1/2″ x length of fabric piece to one side of your blocks and connectors. Sew your grey 9″ x length of fabric piece to the other side. Press seams open and trim the top and bottom even with your block piece.
That is it. Your quilt top is done. So easy and oh so cute.
To make the back, my strips go width wise rather than length wise. Sewing 2″ squares together, I added interest in the middle of solid strips. EMMA I cut out using my Accuquilt Letters which make the quilt super duper cute but you could also make by printing a template off the computer, tracing and cutting out.
I quilted swirls using my homemade mid-arm quilting machine which I made for free. You can see how I made my machine here.
To made the binding, I pieced together random size pieces of all three fabrics. I followed these instructions for attaching.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Happy Fourth of July.
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See you next time.