I finally got things organized enough in my quilt studio so I could spend some time quilting. I made a baby quilt using the easy diagonal strip quilt blocks that I have used in other quilt projects. I think you will like this one!
Diagonal Strip Quilt 36″ x 54″
This is the yardage needed to make a quilt this size. I dug in my stash and pulled out some batiks for it.
- 1/4 yard light fabric – for blocks
- 1/4 yard medium fabric – for blocks
- 1/4 yard dark fabric – for blocks
- 1/4 yard dark fabric #2 – for blocks
- 3/4 yard medium fabric – for borders
- 1/4 yard dark fabric – for binding
- 1-3/4 yard Backing fabric
Notice that I chose 2 dark fabrics for the strips. I did this same combination when I made the Red Batik Table Topper and the Teal Batik Table Topper. If you want to try a different combination, take a look at my Hidden Wells quilt block.
Make the strip block sets
- Cut (3) 3-inch strips the width of all four fabrics – Accuquilt makes a die to cut this size
- Sew them together starting with the light color first with a ¼″ seam allowance
- Make 3 strip sets
- Press and measure your strip sets – the strips should be 10½-inches by the width of your fabric
- Sub-cut pieces 10½-inches by 10½-inches for 4 blocks from each strip set
Now you will layer 2 blocks together and sew all the way around the outside. Use the following photo to see how to layout the blocks. Place the first one right side up with the darkest color at the bottom row. Take another block, turn it and place it right side down with the lightest color on the left side.
Sew all the way around with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Repeat this process for all of the blocks. Next, take a long ruler and cut on the diagonal in one direction and then turn and cut in the other direction.
Carefully handle and press these pieces as they are on the diagonal and will stretch.
Be sure to clip off the dog ear corners to reduce the bulk in your seams.
Layout your blocks as shown below or try a design of your own. Make 6 rows of 4 squares for the baby quilt.
Sew the blocks together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
The baby quilt measured 26″ x 39″
This is a little smaller than I wanted so I added a border.
Cut (4) – 5½-inch strips of the medium batik fabric for the borders.
Before cutting the strips to fit your baby quilt, measure through the center of the quilt and use this measurement to cut the borders.
I did the long sides first and cut (2) pieces 5½-inches x 39-inches. Then measure your top and bottom (again through the center). I cut the pieces 5½-inches x 36-inches.
36″ x 54″ is a good size for a crib. When my daughter came over, I showed it to her but she didn’t like the colors for a baby quilt.
Mr. Mickey was reluctant to pose but I got a good photo before he jumped on the bench.
Now I just need to get this quilt quilted and then decide if it should be for a baby or be used as a lap quilt. What do you think?
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