I’ve got a fun little tutorial for you today! Couldn’t resist. I had such a great time whipping up this quick crib quilt for a friend’s new baby girl, and her apple green & coral nursery- just had to share. I really love how truly simple the concept is, but what a bold design it makes- great quilt for beginners! For sure adding this one to my arsenal of “quilt in a day” options for the endless shower of babies in my life!
SO, here’s the skinny.
This quilt is made of nine 9-patch blocks, with lattice strips added in using the “slashing” technique I taught in January’s lesson of the Craftsy BOM. What really makes this one work though, is the fabric selection. Although there are a variety of ways you could interpret it, I think the strong cool/warm and dark/light variance between the squares and the lattice, makes it. I chose to give it a bit more depth and and more of an “organized” look by putting white in the center of each block.
Here’s how I made mine.
To make a crib size (41″ X 41″), you’ll need 72 5″ print squares (again, mine were all in the same color family and all fairly light). You’ll also need nine 5″white squares, and for the lattice, nine 1.5″ X 44″ strips in a color family that contrasts with your squares (for the lattice). I chose to do all 9 of my lattice strips in different but similarly colored, prints, for a scrappier look.
First, you need to crank out nine 9-patches like this.
Don’t know how to make a 9-patch yet? No worries, it’s a snap.
Just stitch your squares into 3 rows… Be sure to press your seam allowances in opposite directions by row (ie top and bottom rows to the right and center row to the left…or visa versa).
Then just stitch the rows together, and “nest” each point where the seams meet. See how the direction you press each row matters? So lovely when they fit together like a tight little puzzle piece. Makes for crisp piecing!
Now, cut your block in half diagonally.
Now, right sides together, stitch a strip to the long side of one of your halves, leaving an inch of excess strip hanging off the edge. For now, go ahead and leave the remainder hanging at the other end until after you stitch. Pin if you like (I didn’t), but just be sure not to stretch either piece.
Now go ahead and trim the excess off, leaving 1″ on each at each end.
Press the seam toward the strip, then line up the other half of your block, right sides together, to the other side of the strip. This can get a little tricky, since there are no seams to nest. You’ll need to eyeball it, looking at the center points facing you, and not the side corners where the strip lies.
(it’s 1am so that last bit probably makes no sense whatsoever- just look at the little arrows to see what I mean!)
Before you pin & stitch, lift up the top layer and just take a peek to make sure the points of your white square are lined up too.
Stitch, then press the seam toward the strip.
Now just turn your block and cut again, in the opposite direction.
Now, add the remainder of your lattice strip to the long edge of one of your triangles, just as you did before, leaving 1″ extra at the end, stitching, and pressing it toward the strip.
When you prepare to stitch on your other half, as you did before, it will be a little easier to line things up. You won’t have any seams to actually nest, but you will be able to pull up your top half this time, and peek under to make sure the center lattice strips are aligned, before you pin and stitch.
Press your remaining seam allowance toward the strip, and square it up! Now you cooooould square up to 14.5″ if you really wanted to…there’s enough…but for the sake of easy, I went for 14″ since that’s the size of the largest square ruler I own. I actually kinda like the fact that this slightly aggressive trimming also makes the white square even larger in comparison to the surrounding print squares…cool affect in the overall quilt.
When you square up, be sure the 45 degree marking on your ruler is centered down the middle of one of your lattice strips.
There you go! Super cute, easy block.
Once you stitch your 9 blocks together, in 3 rows of 3, you’ve got a winner of a baby quilt!
Thanks for stopping over to take a peak at my tutorial! Hope you enjoyed, and that it’s rekindled your love of the oh-so-blah 9-patch. Couple of cuts and you have a completely new block!