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Sometimes you need a baby quilt that you can make in a hurry. This fast and easy baby block quilt is perfect for beginners!
Easy Baby Block Quilt for Beginners
34″ x 38″
Time just seems to get away from me anymore! I first showed this easy baby block quilt back in February when I talked about having to remove almost all of the free motion quilting as I hadn’t checked the back to make sure my tension was correct. I redid it and then forgot all about posting the tutorial!
Here is the baby quilt finished with Mr. Mickey sitting by it. He seems to be getting more and more comfortable with us and it now takes a little bit more work to get him to pose. Time for me to get him some quilt photo treats!
Easy baby quilts are perfect for beginners or anyone that just wants to make a quilt in no time at all.
This quilt can be made using quilt scraps in your stash or with some precut squares. Precut squares make it fast and easy to make any quilt project because you just arrange the squares side by side and sew them together.
What is great about precuts is that they are usually collections of coordinating fabrics so you are guaranteed to make a quilt with colors that compliment each other. Here is a great place to find beautiful collections of precuts.
I don’t remember what collection I used but it was a 10″ layer cake that I cut up into 2½” squares for this quilt. You could also use two 5″ charm packs and cut them into 2½” squares.
- 256 – 2½” squares
- ½ yard cream sashing fabric
- ½ yard blue for binding
Use a ¼” seam allowance
Sew the 2½” squares together in rows of 8, then press the seams in alternating directions.
The collection I chose had some light fabrics so I tried to alternate my squares. This isn’t necessary and you’ll still end up with a beautiful baby quilt.
Continue sewing and pressing your rows of quilt blocks.
At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to layout my baby quilt.
This was the first idea that I had, two long sections with a sash in between. This would make a cute baby quilt or continue adding rows and sections for a full size quilt!
In the end I liked this arrangement with four rows of eight blocks. Each sections will measure 8½” x 16½”.
If your sections measure a little bigger or smaller don’t worry. Keep practicing your ¼” seam allowances ‘and for now just adjust the size you’ll use for the 2½” sashing strips.
- Cut six – 2½” x 16½” strips
- Cut one – 2½” x 38½” strip
Sew the 2½” x 16½” sashing strips to the blocks first and then add the 2½” x 38½” sashing to the center of the baby quilt.
Cut your backing and batting a couple of inches bigger than your baby quilt. There are many different ways you could quilt it. I choose to do a fairly large free motion stippling using Aurifil thread in a neutral color.
Bind your baby quilt using my easy machine binding tutorial. If you make this baby block quilt, I would love to see it!
One more photo of Mr. Mickey with the quilt, once it gets a little warmer I know I’ll be able to get photos of Miss Sadie and Mr. Mickey together on the deck. They are doing much better at getting along. Yesterday I took them both for a short walk but….I forgot to take my phone for pictures.
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