I made this jungle fun baby quilt with plenty of open spaces for quilting. The baby part of it is in the fabric that I used – a jungle background with lots of lovely jungle animals peering out through the branches. The quilt measures 36″ square including the border and I made it with eight rows of 4″ blocks and a 3″ border.
twenty six 4.7/8″ squares in both white and green
twelve 4.1/2″ white squares
four 3.1/2″ white strips for the border
Making the jungle fun baby quilt
The half square triangles are made by placing a green and a white square with right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
To make the top and bottom rows sew together eight half square triangle units with the triangles placed so as to create larger triangles in both the white and the green.
The second to sixth rows are all made by sewing together two half square triangles, one plain square, two more half square triangles, another plain square and then more half square triangles.
The half square triangles are rotated to make sure that they line up with the row above and below to make squares on point in either the white or the green fabric. For this reason I find that it is safest to sew together all the blocks across the first and then lay out the next row underneath it and sew those blocks together before laying out the blocks the third row underneath the second row and so on. It saves a lot of unpicking if you check the lineup at every stage.
The jungle fun baby quilt border
I wanted a simple quilt border, again for the quilting, so I sewed two lengths of white fabric 32.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ across the top and bottom of the jungle fun baby quilt and then two more lengths 36.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ down each side.
That completes the jungle fun baby quilt top. You can find full details of how to finish a quilt top towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.