I’m rather in love with my duckling baby quilt pattern. I’ve put a blue border on it but I suppose it would have made more sense to use a green border so that it could be used for a boy or a girl baby.
You can get this quilt kit including printed pattern and all fabrics for the quilt top and binding for just £22 by clicking on duckling quilt kit.
It measures 44″ square. I have used 1/4 yard of gold fabric, 1/2 yard of blue and 3/4 yard of both white and yellow. I’ve used the gold for the duckling’s beak and also at odd places around the outline and along the wing. I wanted to have something to break up the colour a bit, but I didn’t want anything too regular like a complete outline of gold – that’s why the gold triangles are placed fairly randomly – it’s all part of the design!
Cutting requirements for the duckling baby quilt
2.1/2″ squares: one black, six gold, one hundred and seventy one yellow, one hundred and thirty one white
2.7/8″ squares: ten each in gold and white, six each in gold and yellow
Please bear with me if I haven’t quite got the count right on the yellow and white squares! What I actually did was use strips of fabric where there were several squares of the same colour in a row – for example, instead of two squares I would use a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip or instead of ten squares I would use a 20.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strip. However in the instructions below I will just list the number of individual squares for each row.
For the duckling quilt border you will need two 4.1/2″ strips of blue 40.1/2″ long and two 2.1/2″ strips 44.1/2″ long.
Making the duckling baby quilt
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares in either gold and white or gold and yellow as listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the gold fabric and trim the corners of the squares.
I will list the squares across each row and just say ‘triangle’ – it will be more simple for you to check the photos to see which triangle and which way to place it. So here goes:
Row 1: 3 white, triangle, 4 yellow, triangle, 11 white
Row 2: 2 white, triangle, 3 yellow, 1 white, 2 yellow, triangle, 10 white
Row 3: 2 white, 4 yellow, 3 white, 1 yellow, 10 white
Row 4: 2 white, 3 yellow, 4 white, 1 yellow, triangle, 9 white
Row 5: 2 white, 3 yellow, 1 black, 1 white, 4 yellow, 9 white
Row 6: 1 white, triangle, 1 gold, 7 yellow, triangle, 9 white
Row 7: 4 gold, 6 yellow, 10 white
Row 8: 1 white, triangle, 1 gold, 6 yellow, triangle, 2 white, triangle, 5 yellow, triangle, 1 white
Row 9: 3 white, 5 yellow, 2 white, 2 yellow, 1 white, 6 yellow, triangle
Row 10: 3 white, 17 yellow
Row 11: 2 white, triangle, 6 yellow, 1 white, 5 yellow, triangle, 4 yellow
Row 12: 2 white, 8 yellow, triangle, 2 yellow, 3 white, triangle, 3 yellow
Row 13: 1 white, 8 yellow, triangle, triangle, 8 yellow
Row 14: 1 white, 10 yellow, triangle, triangle, 3 white, triangle, 2 yellow, 1 white
Row 15: 1 white, 11 yellow, triangle, triangle, 1 yellow, triangle, 2 yellow, triangle, 1 white
Row 16: 1 white, triangle, 16 yellow, 2 white
Row 17: 2 white, triangle, 10 yellow, triangle, 2 white
Row 18: 3 white, triangle, 11 yellow, triangle, 4 white
As I finished each set of four rows I would sew them all to each other so that if I had made a mistake it would show up immediately and I could correct it. I think that it also helps being able to see the duckling come together, because otherwise some of the rows of patchwork can seem a bit meaningless when looked at individually.
Finally to enclose the duckling I used strips of blue fabric. These are not the same size all round – the border is wider at the top and bottom than it is on the sides of the baby quilt.
You will need two 4.1/2″ strips 40.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two 2.1/2″ strips 44.1/2″ long for the sides. You should be able to use the leftover 4.1/2″ strips to cut a little extra 2.1/2″ fabric to add to the 2.1/2″ strips to make the length. That will save you having to cut another 2.1/2″ strip just for the few extra inches that you will need to make the required length.
The duckling baby quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find full details of these steps on the beginner quilting page.
Here’s the video: