A few days ago I shared a couple photos of the new baby quilt that I was working on and now I have it quilted and finished!
This is a precious little quilt that would be perfect for a new baby or would also work as a lap quilt for someone in a nursing home.
I always have lots of different quilt projects that I have started over the years. We quilters like to call them UFOs (unfinished projects). Well, I have a bag of teeny tiny flying geese sections and nine patch blocks from a scrap quilt I had started and never got any further with. I pulled them out and designed this little block.
Flying Geese Nines
28″ x 35″
I originally was going to call this the Flying Geese 9-Patch but decided I liked Flying Nines better. I have so much fun playing around with blocks and putting together a baby quilt.
You can see more photos in my Sharing Quilt Projects #9 post.
Baby quilts are a perfect projects to try out a new design, then if you like it, it is easy to make it bigger. I used my Electric Quilt program to get a few ideas.
- Teal fabrics – scraps
- Coral fabric – 1/4 yard
- Brown fabric – 1/8 yard
- Cream fabric – 1 yard
- Binding 1/4 yard – Teal
- Backing and batting
The baby quilt has six quilt blocks. Each block is made with five 9-patch blocks and eight flying geese blocks.
Flying Geese quilt block
- Coral – cut 48 – 2″ x 3½” rectangles
- Cream – cut 96 – 2″ squares
Make each flying geese block using the following diagrams.
- Place the square on top of the left side of the coral rectangle with right sides facing
- Stitch a seam diagonally from one corner to the other
- Trim the rectangle and square ¼-inch from the sewn line
- Fold back and press
- Repeat for the other side
- Each one will measure 2-inch x 3½-inch
You will make 48 flying geese sections and then sew two of them together twenty-four times. Your finished block will measure 3½-inches square.
9-patch quilt block
- Cut 180 teal 1½-inch squares
- Cut 30 brown 1½-inch squares
- Cut 180 cream 1½-inch squares
Make each 9-patch block using the following diagrams.
- Sew the squares together with a ¼-inch seam allowance
- Sew three squares together for a row
- Repeat this step three times
- Sew the rows together
- Each block will measure 3½-inch x 3½-inch
Piece the large squares:
Each of the large squares will measure 9½-inch x 9½-inch and will consist of four flying geese sections and five 9-patch blocks.
Rotate the flying geese sections as shown.
Sew three blocks together for each row.
Here is the finished Flying Nines quilt block which measures 9½-inches square.
Make six of the Flying Nines blocks.
Sashing and borders
- Cut three – 2½-inch x 9½-inch strips and sew two blocks together three times
- Cut two – 2½-inch x 20½-inch strips to place between the rows as shown
- Measure your baby quilt before adding the borders and adjust your measurement if needed
- Cut the side borders 4½-inches by 31½-inches or the length of your quilt
- Cut the top and bottom borders 2½-inches by 28-inches
Add your batting and backing and quilt as desired. Cut four 2½-inch strips for your binding and sew them together. I like to stitch my binding on by machine using my easy machine binding tutorial.
The AccuQuilt cutter and dies can be used for the blocks
I have had people ask me which AccuQuilt cutter they should get, I always say if you don’t have arthritis or trouble turning a handle then buy the GO! Big Manual cutting machine and spend the extra money on dies!
The baby quilt is the perfect size for Mr. Mickey!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing.
Purchase an ad-free printable PDF version of the Flying Nines baby quilt tutorial in my shop. The photos have been reduced in size and the tutorial is 4 pages long.