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.
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
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.