1.08.2012

Simply Charming Baby Quilt Tutorial

I love baby quilts! They come together so quickly and there's so many soft and cute fabrics to choose from. I made this quilt over a weekend; it came together very quickly!


This quilt uses charm squares - it only required 1 pack, plus some yardage for the solid strips, backing and binding. I went with minky fabric for the solid strips - it's that soft and fuzzy fabric that's perfect for baby quilts. It adds texture to a quilt making it super cuddly; however, be warned that it's not that easy to work with as the material is very stretchy.


The collection of charm squares I used is called Ten Little Things (thanks to your help!) by Jenn Ski for Moda, which is available at our shop.

I got creative with the backing fabric and pieced it together using quarter yard cuts. If you use a single fabric for the backing, you will only need 1 1/4 yards, and no need to piece it together.


I went ahead and put together a super quick tutorial for you all. :) Choose a charm pack and make one yourself! It's a simple and fun weekend project.


This tutorial assumes a 1/4" seam allowance.

Materials for a 36.5" x 41" quilt:


  • 1 charm pack (at least forty pre-cut 5" squares)

  • 5/8 yard solid fabric

  • 3/8 yard binding fabric

  • 1 1/4 yard backing fabric
Prepare A and B, and then arrange as shown in the image below.


A = Piece together five rows that have eight charm squares per row.
B = From your solid fabric, cut four 5" x 36.5" rectangles


[click image to enlarge]
Then, sew all 9 rows together to create the quilt top. (With right sides facing together, pin along the length to keep the fabric in place and then sew a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open with an iron).

Baste, quilt using an even-feed walking foot (i quilted horizontal lines), and then bind. And you're done!

That's all there is to it - I told you it was simply charming. :)

17 comments:

  1. Jera ... te ha quedado precioso , me gusto mucho tus telas elegidas ... cariños desde Argentina !!!!

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  2. This is so nice ! love the minky !

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  3. so cute! What a lovely fabric line and I really like the backing too!

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  4. Hi Jera: Hope you are feeling good. I'm wondering? did you ever show the quilt you made using the half square triangles that you saved while making Sugar Flowers?

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  5. Cute quilt, and oh so easy to do. Thanks for the tut.

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  6. So cute! I am a novice "sew-er" and a little nervous to try quilting. Your pattern looks very simple! I would love to try it.

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  7. What a cute quilt and I love the minky in it!

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  8. I LOVE your blog, and I am learning SOOOO much from you tutorials! Thank you Jera---you are an inspiration!

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  9. Hi Jera! Came across your blog which inspired me to give this ago. I have a question about making this quilt before I start. I noticed you have sewn across the whole quilt, assuming stitching the three layers together at the same time. Is there a practical reason for this or is it just for decorative purposes? Thanks in advance and thanks for great blog.

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  11. Just wondering if you have any tutorials on using the walkingfoot attachment for the sewing machine... I have a new Janome which has this foot but Im unsure how to use.

    Thanks

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  12. I just finished my quilt. It turned out great.

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  13. Your tutorials are impeccably detailed and . . . beautiful, just beautiful!

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  14. I don't see anywhere in the tutorial, instructions for attaching the backing.

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  15. Hi :) I made this quilt! Thanks for the tutorial!

    http://akainik.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/para-mi-sobrino-for-my-nephew/

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