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Modern Batik Challenge Baby Quilt

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Modern Batik Baby Quilt

Baby quilts are always so much fun to sew especially when using bright and colorful batiks!

Modern Baby Quilt 1

Once again I am sharing a project that I made for my June Island Batik Ambassador challenge. This month we were to make a modern batik baby quilt. 

Modern Batik Challenge Baby Quilt Embers

I had this fun bundle of the Paisley Dot Brights collection that I thought would make a sweet little baby quilt.

Island Batik Paisley Dot Brights fabrics

It is always so much fun to open up a new package of strips and create something from the beautiful batiks.

Island Batik Paisley Dot Brights fabrics

Embers Quilt

I happened to watch a video last week called Embers Quilt by Rob from Man Sewing and thought it would be the perfect quilt to make with this bundle.

You’ll have to take a look at Rob’s video and see the colors he chose for his quilt.

Creating rows of batik pieces quilt

This is one of those designs that looks completely different depending on the colors and fabrics you use. I really liked making groups of 4 rows of strips for the design.

Creating more rows of batiks strips for quilt

Next, I added the strips of cream batik to the rows. I actually really like this design right now!

Cream Batik added to quilt strips

The rows were then cut into squares – wild and crazy batik squares!

You’ll want to watch his video.

  • Cut blocks from the pieces you have already made.
  • Take 2 and place them right sides together with one block having the strips go horizontally and the other going vertically.
  • Pin and stitch around the blocks.
  • Cut diagonally and then cut again as shown below.
Creating the quilt blocks and then cutting them

Here you can see that I have opened up the left blocks so you can see the block open.

Be very careful with your pieces as you’ll have bias edges that are stretchy.

Scrappy Quilt Squares Baby Quilt

Moving To Plan B

I cut up 2 rows of the strips into blocks and then arranged them on my design wall. It was at this point that I realized I really didn’t like the Embers design in my bright batiks. Time to move on to plan B.

Scrappy batik quilt blocks

I had plenty of the Paisley Dot pink batik and I just added some sashing to break up the blocks and then added a border at the top and bottom to make a nice size baby quilt.

Adding borders to the scrappy batik quilt

Adding the pink batik really softened the look of the blocks and once quilted made a sweet little baby quilt.

The free motion quilting was done on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine and I also attached the binding by machine this way.

Modern Baby Quilt in batiks Embers deck

Did you notice that I said I only used 2 of the rows for my baby quilt?

Take a look at what I did with the rest of the rows!

Modern Baby Quilt in batiks Embers on deck rail

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15 Comments

  1. Is that bundle available in the “Paisley Dot Bright” collection?
    Anne

  2. Paisley Dot is such a bright and great line of batik! You combined the strips to become a great baby quilt.

  3. I just picked up some brightly colored batiks! Thank you for a great idea!

  4. Wow, Connie, I loved reading how this one evolved. How fun to get a quilt even you weren’t anticipating. 🙂 xs

  5. It’s always good to be able to abandon the original plan when it simply isn’t working for you. This quilt shows what the kind of great things that can happen when you do.

  6. I never would have thought of cutting the blocks up to make those new blocks. Lotsa fun!! Looks great

  7. Quilting Tangent says:

    Never seen this method of making a top.

  8. This IS a sweet little baby quilt! Can’t wait to see what you’ve done with the rest of the rows!

  9. What a fun quilt! Love the bright colors, and the unique way you created the blocks – can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of your rows!

  10. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie; I think this is a lovely baby quilt. I have never moved toward the Modern designs but I do love to see what others make when they create a Modern quilt. I am looking forward to seeing what else you have created with the other panels. I sure wish I was as creative as you are. Thank you so much for sharing all of your fabulous designs, projects and pictures!! Have a fabulous day!

  11. What a cute quilt. Can hardly wait to see what else you are doing with the rows.

  12. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh how fun is that! I have not seen that tutorial of his, have to check it out!