I always think that baby quilts are made for the adults – pretty with pastel colours and flowers and things. For this easy baby quilt pattern I wanted to make something for baby: colours and shapes that stand out. I’ve used six different colours and shapes repeated with the colours reversed.
The quilt measures 36″ square and I have used about 3/4 yard of white, 1/2 yard of purple and scraps of the other colours. I have made some blocks with applique, some with piecing.
Cutting requirements for the shapes baby quilt
four 6.1/2″ strips of white
four 3.1/2″ strips of purple for the border
small quantities of coloured fabrics
small quantities of interfacing
The square quilt block
For this pair of blocks you will need one 4.1/2″ square in both blue and white, two strips 4.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, two strips 6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, all in both blue and white.
Sew the 4.1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the square of alternate colour. Then sew the 6.1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
The triangle quilt blocks
For this pair of blocks you will need two 3.7/8″ squares in both orange and white, two 6.1/2″ by 2″ strip of both colours. Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place an orange and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Repeat with the other pair of squares.
Place two half square triangles together to form a large orange triangle and place the other two half square triangles together to form a large white triangle. Sew the half square triangles together and then sew the 6.1/2″ strips to the top and bottom.
The circle blocks
Cut two 6.1/2″ white squares and one 6.1/2″ purple square. Back the purple square and one of the white squares with fusible interfacing and mark a circle using a plate or a bowl on the purple square. Cut out the circle, taking care to cut only the marked line so that you have a complete circle and its separate outline. Place the purple circle on a white square and place the purple outline on the other white square.
Using a small zigzag stitch, carefully sew round the edge of both the circle shapes to secure the two layers of fabric together. The purple circle on white is applique and the white circle on purple is known as reverse applique, to give it its technical term.
The rectangle block
Cut three 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles and two 6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips in both green and white. Lay the rectangles out as green, white, green for one block and white, green, white for the other block. Sew these together and then sew the 6.1/2″ strips to the sides.
The star blocks
Cut one 6.1/2″ yellow square and two 6.1/2″ white squares. The technique here is the same as for the circle blocks. Back the yellow and one white square with fusible interfacing and draw a star on the yellow square. Cut the star out carefully. Place the star on one of the white squares and the yellow star outline on the other white square. Sew in place with a small zigzag stitch.
I have made a template of the star and hexagon shapes that I used. You can find it here.
The hexagon blocks
Cut one 6.1/2″ red square and two 6.1/2″ white squares. Do the same as above and draw a hexagon on the red square, cut it out and sew the hexagon to one white square and the hexagon outline to the other white square.
Although I have said use fusible interfacing for these applique blocks, I actually found that I obtained best results by backing the squares with ‘stitch and tear’ and then tearing it off outside the applique shape.
Assembling the shapes baby quilt
Sew the quilt blocks together in five rows of five, alternating a shapes block with a plain white square. I have chosen to keep the coloured shapes to one half of the quilt and the white shapes to the other half, but you may prefer to mix them up.
You can see the first two rows on the left and all the rows on the right.
The shapes baby quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.
Here’s the video: