SIMPLE BLUE BABY QUILT PATTERN


Simple baby quilt

Simple baby quilt

I know that we usually have plenty of notice of a baby arriving and needing a baby quilt, but sometimes they come a little early and of course we don’t know if a pink baby quilt or a blue one will be needed.  Recently I needed a blue baby quilt relatively quickly and I made this one.  It really can be made in a day.  The finished size is about 33″ square and I used five different fabrics from my stash.  You will need about 1/2 yard of each of four fabrics and 1 yard of backing fabric.

 

Cutting requirements

butterfly fabric:  nine 6.1/2″ squares

flowered fabric:  sixteen 6.1/2″ squares (cut two 6.1/2″ strips)

light blue and dark blue fabrics:  three 1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric

yellow background fabric:  six 6.7/8″ squares for the infill triangles, one 7.1/4″ square for the corner triangles.

Making the baby quilt

Sew a dark blue strip to one side

Sew a dark blue strip to one side

Sew a light blue strip to the other side

Sew a light blue strip to the other side

 

With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam, sew a dark blue 1.1/2″ strip to a flower strip along the length and sew a light blue strip to the other side of the strip.

 

 

Cut 4.1/2" lengths

Cut 4.1/2″ lengths

Add blue strips to the remaining sides

Add blue strips to the remaining sides

 

Cut this strip into 4.1/2″ lengths.  You will need twelve of these.  Sew a 6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ blue strip to the two sides that don’t already have a strip to make 6.1/2″ squares.  Press.

 

 

Cut the infill triangles

Cut the infill triangles

Make the corner triangles

Make the corner triangles

 

Cut the 6.7/8″ squares along on diagonal to make the infill triangles.  Cut the 7.1/4″ square along both diagonals to make the corner triangles.

 

Begin with a corner triangle

Begin with a corner triangle

Add two infill triangles

Add two infill triangles

Sew a corner triangle to the top of a flower square.  Sew an infill triangle to each side of the flower square.  Check the photo carefully to make sure that you have the triangles placed correctly.  The longest edge of the triangle faces out but that still gives you a choice of two edges to sew!

This is the top left corner of the baby quilt.

The third row of the baby quilt

The third row of the baby quilt

Pin the seams

Pin the seams

The next row consists of a butterfly square with a flower square each side and an infill triangle at each end.  When sewing the rows together, pin each seam so that you can ease the fabric to make sure that the patchwork squares line up with each other and that the seam allowances face in different directions to reduce bulk.

 

Continue adding rows to the baby quilt

Continue adding rows to the baby quilt

 

The fourth row of the baby quilt is made up of three flower and two butterfly squares alternating with an infill triangle at each end.

The fifth row is the middle row, made using four flower squares and three butterfly squares but with corner triangles at each end.

 

Check the triangles

Check the triangles

 

The sixth row is where you start reducing in size to go down the right hand side of the baby quilt.  It is made with three flower, two butterfly squares and two infill triangles.  Check the photo carefully to make sure that you have the triangle positioned correctly.

 

The last few rows of the baby quilt

The last few rows of the baby quilt

 

The seventh row of the baby quilt is made with three squares and two infill triangles.  The eighth row is one square and two infill triangles and the final row is the last corner triangle.

 

 

That completes the simple baby quilt top,  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Don’t forget that the wadding must be natural not synthetic as this is a baby quilt.  In the interest of speed, I just quilted around the squares with stitch in the ditch quilting.  Naturally this simple quilt could be made in a variety of pinks for a baby quilt or in totally different colours to make a lap quilt.

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