Sunday, January 17, 2016
Easy Baby Quilt Pattern
I really meant to start on a belated Christmas gift that I'm feeling very guilty about. Remembering that the directions said to cut charm pack squares to 4" I did just that, feeling pretty good about it. And then I started on the pattern and saw that the squares were supposed to be 4 1/2". Sorry, Kay, there has been a delay.
Charm packs, by the way, are 42 5" squares, usually from the same design collection. Usually there are some duplicates. I guess I still had Christmas on my mind, and decided to set off the charm pack with red background squares and make a baby quilt.
If you want to try this, cut 5 different background fabrics into 10 4" squares each and put them into piles, 1 - 5. If you're using a charm pack, cut the squares to 4". If you're using scraps, cut 42 4" scrap squares.
For row 1, use 1 and 2 of the background fabrics, then add 2 design fabrics, then 3 and 4 of the background and 2 more of the design fabrics.
Row 2: 2 design fabrics, 5 and 1 background fabrics, 2 design fabrics, 2 and 3 background
Row 3: 4 and 5 background, 2 design fabrics, 1 and 2 background, 2 design fabrics
Row 4: 2 design fabrics, 3 and 4 background, 2 design fabrics, 5 and 1 background
You'll pick up the pattern by then. This is for a donation baby quilt, and it ends up 28" x 35". For a larger quilt, you'll need to adjust. You'll end up with a few left over squares, so don't worry.
This year I really, really want to improve my free motion, and my goal is to free motion the baby quilts. I feel confident enough for that, and I know that the more I do the better it will look. I'll miss the walking foot quilting that I have been using, but I can do that on other things.