Baby quilts are a great beginner quilt project and this little Rainbow Squares quilt would make a perfect gift as it is a very easy tutorial to follow!
This month the Island Batik ambassadors were to create a quilt project that would create a secondary pattern. I don’t think I did very well with this challenge with my Rainbow Squares baby quilt but I still like it.
Rainbow Squares Batik Baby Quilt
32″ x 44″
I had some of my favorite Island Batik neutral fabric called Sprinkles and I wanted to use it for the background in my quilt. Well, I thought I had plenty of it but I quickly realized I could only make this quilt project so big before I ran out of fabric. That is why it is a baby quilt.
I really had fun with this spur of the moment pattern that used the 5″ strip bundles that were in my Spring Island Batik box of fabrics. Sorry, I went back and looked and I also used a few of the 5″ strips that were in my Island Batik ambassador box from last year.
The little bundles are 5 inch by the width of fabric strips of past collections. I was able to create a rainbow effect in my quilt with them.
I’m getting pretty close to the end of the month with my Rainbow Block baby quilt!
I just did a simple meandering quilting using Bottomline thread. It has been a while since I used it and I had forgotten how well my vintage 15-91 singer sewing machine likes it! I also only had to fill up my bobbin one time.
Lots of sun today but a little cooler so I have all of the windows open. It is so nice to get some fresh air in the house. It is sometimes fun to show a picture of a quilt with the sun shining through it. It actually makes it a lot easier to show how I sewed the quilt together.
This is another of those times that I forgot to take pictures as I was making the blocks but it is a very easy pattern to follow to make. If you have 2½” strips of batiks this would be perfect for them.
Using coordinating fabrics makes it easy to design blocks and a quilt.
- 1 yard of Sprinkles or a white background batik.
- 1/8″ yard or one 2½” strip by width of fabric of 11 different batik colors.
- 1/2 yard orange batik for binding.
- 38″ x 50″ backing and batting.
- Cut 22 – 4½” squares of the white background batik.
- Cut 132 – 2½” squares of the white background batik.
- Cut 12 – 2½” squares of each of the 11 different batik colors.
Use a ¼” seam allowance.
Sew the 2½” squares together as shown below, then add the 4½” square to them following the diagrams below.
When you sew the 2½” squares together, start with a white block in the first row. There will be 6 of each color in a section.
Sew your rows together, add your backing and batting and quilt as desired. I like to cut my binding 2½” wide by the width of my fabric and sew it to my quilts by machine. If you would be interested in measurements for a bigger quilt just let me know!