This baby quilt pattern is aimed at a newborn baby – it’s a small 27″ square quilt that could be used to wrap a newborn baby up tight. I’ve made it using the Nancy Page beacon lights quilt block which is made using diagonal rows rather than horizontal ones, but it isn’t difficult. I have used four beacon quilt blocks for the quilt.
sixteen 2.1/2″ squares and four 4.1/2″ squares in light green
sixteen 2.7/8″ squares in both dark green and white for the half square triangles
sixteen 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles in white, sixteen 2.7/8″ white squares for the infill triangles and four 5.1/4″ squares for the corner triangles
two 2.1/2″ dark green strips at 23.1/2″ long and two at 27.1/2″ long for the border.
Making the beacon lights quilt block
Make the half square triangle units by placing a white and a dark green 2.7/8″ square with right sides together and marking 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. Make thirty two of these with sixteen each of the white and dark green squares.
Cut the remaining 2.7/8″ white squares along one diagonal to make the infill triangles for the end of each row and cut the 5.1/4″ white squares along both diagonals to make the corner triangles.
The simplest way to lay out the squares for each quilt block is to begin with the 4.1/2″ light green square in the middle and work outwards. Place a white rectangle on each edge of the square with 2.1/2″ light green squares in the corners. Place two half square triangle units outside each white rectangle, with the white triangles forming a larger triangle facing towards the centre.
Complete the beacon quilt block with a corner triangle outside each pair of half square triangles and an infill triangle at the beginning and end of each row. The patches are sewn together along each diagonal row with the first row being the top left corner triangle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete each beacon quilt block.
Making these into the beacon baby quilt
The finished beacon lights quilt block is shown on the left. I think it’s really eyecatching. Make four of these, sew them together in pairs and then sew the pairs together. Sew the two 23.1/2″ dark green strips to the top and bottom of the baby quilt and the two 27.1/2″ strips to the sides. That’s the beacon baby quilt top complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. Don’t forget that for a baby quilt you must use 100% natural wadding.