Quick and Easy Baby Quilt

Welcome to so very easy, my name is Laura. And the other day was going through my fabric stash and I found this cute little panel. Now I’ve had this panel for a long time so I guess it’s time to turn it into a quilt. Now if you happen to have a panel or some fabric that has little pictures on them, regardless if they’re square or rectangle, this is a great pattern to use, and you’re going to be able to customize it to the shape that you have. So this panel has six rectangles and I want the quilt to have twelve, so I’m going to duplicate the size of these pictures into a fabric that’s going to match. Then I’m going to take other fabrics, and these are all just from my stash, and I’ve pulled out all of the colors—even if I’m not going to use them—that are going to match. Then I’ll be able to take the pictures and that extra piece and cut them all the same size, so that I will have twelve exactly the same. I was able to cut my panel pieces 6½” by 7½” so I’ve duplicated that size. Keep in mind that if you have a print that is directional to make sure that they are going in the same direction. They’re going to be sewn in exactly the same way however, the color variation is going to be reversed. What is going to be here will be opposite here. So I want to choose a border to go around. The first border that goes around will touch in the center, so you’re going to want to make sure that the two colors are going to go together. Then choose what fabric you want around the one and what fabric you want around the other. You just need to cut them at 2½” because you’re going to have a 2½” border all the way around each square. The fabric will depend on how many panels you have. The first strip measurement is going to be the length of the pattern. Mine is 7½”, so I’m going to take the 2½” by 7½” and sew them on both sides. When those two are sewn on you’re going to need the measurement to go right across the top. So just measure right from the center to get the size you need. In my case I started with this at 6½”; with my two borders on this is going to equal 10½”, so I’ll sew on the two 10½” strips on the top and the bottom. And you need to do it for all of the squares. So I’m going to have the purple on one, the pink on the other. And when you have them all sewn together, press the seam allowances going out, so you’re able to see that little intersection right there. The next thing we’re going to do is put cornerstones on. Your cornerstones are going to be opposite. Choose one color for the one pattern and choose another color for the other pattern. So I’m going to do the yellow on the one and the green on the other. Now there are two ways to sew these cornerstones on, on a diagonal. The first one is to draw your line from your corner to corner on the square, match up the two sides, and you’ll be able to follow that line and stitch right down the center. And then when it is opened up you’re going to have that half there. And then you will be able to trim off this extra piece, leaving a quarter‑inch seam allowance. Now the advantage to this way is you can see those corners. The disadvantage is you can’t see that little point. So there is another way of doing it, so instead of drawing the line from one corner to the other corner, you’re going to draw the line on the back of the square. And those will be your stitching lines. Now to do these lines you’re going to need a ruler with a 45° angle on it. Put your pencil right at that corner where your two seams match up, and I hold it there. And I take the ruler with the 45° angle and I keep my point there because that way I already know it’s there; I won’t have to look back at it. You’re going to be able to take that ruler and push it right up against that pencil then take one of the 45° lines and line it up to the sides. And when my one line is perfectly straight, I’m able to just draw a line from that center out. So this is now at a perfect 45° angle. The square you’re going to need for the corners is the same; they’re both 4½”. Now you’ll be able to match up the corners, and you’ll use this line for stitching. You’re going to be able to stitch all the way down. Now the disadvantage of this way is you don’t actually see those little tips, but you get this accurate. So there are two different ways of doing it. Try them both and see what way you like best. So you’re going to need to get all four squares on and when you press them back it is going to be the same size as you started. Trim off this little piece here, leaving a quarter‑inch seam allowance. And when they’re trimmed, take one set of blocks and press the seam allowance going in; take the other set of blocks and press it so the seam is going towards the center. Now we’re going to sew them together in rows. We’re going to have three blocks in a row. So for one row we’re going to have two of one panel, one of the other. Then the next row we’ll have two of this design and one of this, and then it’s going to continue down. So you’re going to have three blocks per row and four rows. And when you go to sew them together, because those things are opposing they’re going to match up. And I’m just going to put three very simple borders on it. And you can put whatever size borders you’d like. Now if you had fabric that you were able to cut at 6½” by 7½” when this is done and if you add three borders on, each of them cut at 2½”, by the time it’s all put together this is going to make a perfect size for a baby quilt. And with some simple borders that quilt is done. Now I just kept adding borders until it equaled a crib-size batting and those four fabrics I used in the center, I started with half a yard, and I did have a little bit left over. This is a great quilt to use some big prints or some fussy-cut pictures that you like, and it’s quick and easy and you’re going to be able to use up some of your stash. Now if you want it to be only two colors, just remember you need to reverse those and they’re done. I do hope you give it a try. It is a fun block to make and as always, Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!