I'm going to be showing you a fast and simple way to make an adorable patchwork baby quilt, plus there is a giveaway for 4 Charm Packs of Gina's line From Bump to Baby! I chose this project because it is something that you can make from the prize that you are winning. Hooray!
For the quilt I am sharing with you today, I chose the bundle of pink fabrics to make a quilt for a co-worker of mine who just had a baby girl. Since I currently have a house full of boys, I don't often make girly things, so I jump at the chance when I can!
- 10 Fat Quarters or 100 - 4.5"x4.5" Squares
- 1 1/2 yards Backing
- 1FQ to 1/2 yard Binding*
- Crib Size Batting
- Basic quilting essentials:
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Cutter & Mat
2. Then cross-cut your strips into 4.5"x4.5" squares. You'll need at least 100 because our layout is 10 by 10, and I always like to have extras so I can switch out blocks here and there. This can go really quickly if you cut in batches, I like to stack 3 strips on top of each other, then stack them 3 deep on my mat.
4. Next, layout your squares on your design board, or in my case, design floor until you have a layout you are happy with. This is where having a few extra squares comes in handy because you can swap out pieces. I try to not have the same fabrics touching side by side. Since I do most of my sewing at night I've adjusted the color/contrast of this picture so you can get a better feel for the colors.
4. Once you have finalized the layout of your blocks, sew them together in rows. Alternate the direction you press the seams for each row. You will have 10 rows of 10 squares.
So, I tried a new chain piecing method and it went lightening fast! And of course I didn't take any good pictures of it, but I will explain as best as I can.
5. Next piece your rows together, making sure you line up your seams well. Press row seams in one direction. You now have a completed quilt top!
6. Baste and quilt as desired. I am waiting on my brand new Janome 8900 that I bought at QuiltCon before I quilt mine. It is supposed to be delivered this evening and I am soooo excited!
One last thing for if you want rounded corners. After you quilt everything and before binding, take a bowl (any size you want) and line it up on the edges of each corner. The quilt under the bowl should make a tangent from the side. Then either rotary cut from there, or draw a line and cut with scissors.
If you are rounding the corners, like i did with this quilt, I would recommend that you make bias binding instead of straight grain binding. It is much easier to work with when sewing around the rounded edges. I like this tutorial, it is super helpful for figuring out how much yardage you'll need etc.
I know that was a lot of information, so if you have any question don't hesitate to ask!
So.... after all of that, now it's time for the giveaway! Gina has generously offered up all these goodies as prizes, be sure to visit the other bloggers posting for multiple chances to win!
Giveaway closes this Sunday & I will draw a random winner**
**Giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered!**
- Monday the 23rd
- Becca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
- Tuesday the 24th
- Sally Keller of Sally's Angelworks
- Wednesday the 25th
- Thursday the 26th
- Friday the 27th
- Gina Martin of Pattern & Hue