Hiya friends! Happy merry cheery holidays to you! I’m hopping on the blog today to share about a really fun, simple baby quilt I stitched up recently, and because it’s the holidays and we’re all on the hunt for quick, handmade gift ideas, thought I’d share the pattern as well, in case you want to make one! I made this quilt for a fun little class I taught a my favorite local shop this fall, and am stitching up a couple more during my holiday sewing, as new-baby gifts.
I just love this idea of a single quilt block, blown up huge! And while you certainly can quilt and bind it as usual, I chose to try a different route for mine- turning it and top stitching around the edge, then tying it with embroidery floss. It’s so rare that I will turn and tie a quilt (I do love gorgeous quilting and tidy bindings), but it worked great for this project for two reasons: first, I wanted students, who were beginner quilters, to be able to completely finish their quilts in the class. And secondly, I really like this fresh, less fussy option for a quick project. No quilting or binding really makes the quilt more casual and I think crosses it over into “blanket” category. I used lightweight batting in mine, but I love the idea of using flannel instead of batting for a super light, more portable blankie…easily tucked into a diaper bag or carseat.
In the pattern, I use the drawn-line method to make the half square triangles in pairs. Since I wanted 4 different prints in the center diamond, that meant I had 4 extras- perfect for the back! The quilt is 40.5″ X 40.5″, so just a tad too big for a single unpieced back…but you know me, I love adding a strip of extra blocks on the back!
I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial for you this time, but thought you’d still enjoy the written pattern, including all of the measurements, cutting and stitching instructions to construct the top as well as add the back and finish it the way I mine.
If you make one, I wanna see it!!! Post a pic in my Flickr group!
Merry Christmas you guys! Wherever you are, wishing you sweet simplicity and peace.