Are you looking for another fast and easy baby quilt to make? This tutorial can be made with a charm pack and a background fabric.
River Whirls Quilt Tutorial
This is a revised post from 2012 that I thought I would share.
The weather was beautiful yesterday and I was able to take this quilt outside for some pictures.
Would you like to make a quilt like this? It is so simple.
You will need:
- 15 pairs of 5 inch blocks (total of 30 blocks)
- 30 – 5 inch blocks of muslin
- 1 yard of muslin for borders
- ½ yd of stripe for binding
Grab a charm pack or cut up some of your stash into 5 inch squares. Most charm packs have 2 of each print like this charm pack of Lily & Loom Butterfly Blooms. I just bought this and will remake this quilt with this fun collection.
I used 2 charm packs of Spirograph by Benartex which only had 22 blocks – one of each print. I needed 2 blocks of each print.
You can find some great deals on fabric here.
Cut your blocks at the angle shown above.
Take your ruler and measure over 2 inches on the bottom and 3 inches on the top, then cut all of your blocks. (in the photo I removed the muslin off the left side so you could see the cutting line better.
Sew your pieces together as shown using a ¼ inch seam allowance.
Press your block and then trim it to a 4½-inch square, using a 4½-inch square ruler makes it very easy to do.
Here are 4 blocks ready to be sewn together.
One block done – 14 more to go.
Another block done.
Layout your blocks in the following pattern.
Start sewing the rows together.
I wanted to make the baby quilt longer so I added a 2 ½” strip at the top and added another row of blocks.
I made 4 rows of 3 blocks then added a 2.5 inch strip and then the last row.
Then I added a 4-inch border add the long sides first.
The quilt finished at 30 x 46.
I did my free motion quilting on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.
I did a little flower design on the River Whirls.
I did a free motion leaf on the prints and stipple quilted the back ground. I had this little stripe fabric that I thought matched pretty good for a binding. I like to finish the binding on my quilts by machine following this tutorial.
I just had to show one more photo, it was so great to be outside and there wasn’t any wind. I am so ready for Spring!
The quilt is all washed and crinkly now….perfect for a baby!
Using coordinating fabrics makes it easy to design blocks and a quilt.
I hope you enjoyed the River Whirls quilt tutorial
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