BABY LOVE QUILT PATTERN


Baby love quilt

Baby love quilt

I have made this quilt using the Fabric Freedom baby love quilt pattern but I’ve amended it slightly by using 5″ squares because they are an easy size to cut and to work with and I’ve used the gorgeous Hyde Park fabrics for the blue and the pink.  The quilt measures about 41″ by 56″ and is made entirely from half square triangles – the blue and white squares used together and the pink and cream squares used together.  After the initial blocks have been made, they are put together in seven rows of five and the quilt uses about 3/4 yard of each fabric.

Cutting requirements

thirty six 5″ squares each of pink and cream

thirty four 5″ squares each of blue and white

Making the baby love quilt

Cut 5" squares

Cut 5″ squares

Mark the diagonals

Mark the diagonals

The easiest way to cut the squares is to cut a 5″ strip across the width of the fabric and then cut this strip at 5″ intervals to create squares.

The easiest way to mark the diagonals is to cover your cutting mat with rows of squares and then mark several at a time.

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

The half square triangles are made by placing a blue and 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 the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Repeat with all the blue and white squares and then again with all the pink and cream squares.

 

Make pinwheel quilt blocks

Make pinwheel quilt blocks

 

There are three basic quilt blocks needed to make the baby love quilt pattern.  The first is a pinwheel made by placing four half square triangle units together in two pairs.  Sew the pairs of squares together and then sew the two pairs together.  You will need five pink pinwheel quilt blocks and four blue pinwheel blocks.

 

Make the flying geese quilt blocks

Make the flying geese quilt blocks

 

The second basic block is the flying geese block, made using two pink and two blue half square triangles.  Make eight of these quilt blocks as shown with the pink triangle above the blue triangle and make six of them with the blue triangle above the pink.

 

 

The butterfly quilt block

The butterfly quilt block

 

The third and final block I have called the butterfly block.  It is made using two pink and two blue half square triangles.  Make twelve of these and that should use up the last of the half square triangle units.  Now it is just a case of sewing all these quilt blocks together!

 

 

Making up the baby love quilt

Baby love quilt layout

Baby love quilt layout

Close up of the baby love quilt corner

Close up of the baby love quilt corner

 

I think that the simplest way is for me to list each row because the photo can’t show each row clearly.  The photo on the right shows what I mean by saying butterfly units with the pink facing different ways.

 

Top row:  two butterfly unit with the pink facing in different directions, one flying geese unit with the blue triangle at the top, two butterfly units with the pink facing in different directions.

Row two:  one butterfly unit, pink flying geese unit, blue flying geese, pink flying geese and a butterfly unit.

Row three:  pink flying geese placed sideways, pink pinwheel, blue pinwheel, pink pinwheel, pink flying geese with the pink at the edge.

Row four:  blue flying geese placed sideways, blue pinwheel, pink pinwheel, blue pinwheel, blue flying geese with the blue at the edge..

Row five:  pink flying geese with the pink at the edge, pink pinwheel, blue  pinwheel, pink pinwheel, pink flying geese with the pink at the edge.

Row six:  butterfly unit, pink flying geese facing down, blue flying geese facing down, pink flying geese facing down, butterfly unit.

Row seven:  two butterfly units with the pink facing in different directions, blue flying geese facing down, two butterfly units with the pink facing indifferent directions.

Sorr if that seems a bit like a knitting pattern, but I felt that it was the safest way to be sure that all the quilt blocks were used in the right order.  I think that the baby love quilt makes an absolutely lovely quilt that has a lovely peaceful feel to it.

I have had many requests for small quilts that can be sold for charity (or just made more quickly) so I have started a section of lap quilt patterns that you may like.

Here’s the video:

 

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