Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sweet Baby Quilt Tutorial

I love making baby quilts.  This one takes a little more time to make because you need to cut and sew the the quilt top together instead of  using 1 piece of fabric as the front.  It's still so simple though! The appliqued letter makes the quilt extra special and adds a personal touch. You could also applique a butterfly or owl instead of the letter if the baby's name is still undecided. 
Here are some great tips from Fabric.com's blog for working with minky fabric.

*All seam allowances are 1/4"

 You will need:
30 6"x6" fabric squares
4 strips of white fabric for trim
    (2) -2 1/2" x 32 1/2"
    (2) -2 1/2" x 31
1 yard minky fabric
wonder under
card stock (to print letter on)
typical sewing supplies

 Lay out your squares randomly in 6 rows of 5.  Arrange them until your happy with the placement.
Start sewing the squares together by row.
Press the seams in the 1st row to the left, the 2nd row to the right, the 3rd to the left and so on.  Sew the rows together and then press the seams.
Pin and sew on the trims, starting with the sides.  Press the seams.
Lay out the backing and then lay your quilt top over it.
Cut around the quilt top leaving an extra inch of the backing all around.
Print your letter onto the sheet of card stock paper and cut it out.  Follow the instructions on the wonder under for creating your applique letter.  Iron the letter on being very careful not to melt the minky fabric.  Try to only touch the letter with the iron if you can.   Stitch around the edge of the letter.
Lay the backing and quilt top back out with the right sides together.  Smooth out the lumps and bumps.
Cut around the quilt top removing the extra inch of the backing and making both pieces the same size.
Pin around the sides and sew leaving about  a 5" gap for turning.
Turn the quilt right side out.
Turn and press the edges of the opening in 1/4" and then slip stitch closed.
With the front of the quilt up, press the edges of the quilt.  Top stitch around the quilt and you're done! 
**You may opt to tack the layers in a few places to keep the layers from shifting.**

This quilt was made with Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane line.  I love the fresh, springy feel of it.
I hope little Miss Lyddie Ann likes it too!

5 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I'll be featuring this tomorrow-hope you don't mind.
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  2. So cute! You are quite talented!

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  3. this is soooo pretty!!!
    I love that you used minky fabric, It must be such a soft and cuddly quilt! Perfect for a new baby!

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  4. BEAUTIFUL! I'm going to make this for my new baby (and feature your tutorial on my blog next week). Thanks for this. I love it!

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  5. This is adorable! I made a quilt with Minky backing for a baby gift a couple of years ago and now the mom is begging for another one for baby #2. I used cotton quilt batting behind the patchwork top and quilted those two layers separately to get a nice, heavily quilted texture, then randomly tacked the Minky backing through all layers, serged the edges and finished with satin binding edges. But when I did the final washing of the quilt, the top and batting shrunk and of course the Minky did not, so the backing sagged and bagged. Have you ever used batting in a quilt with Minky backing? I like the extra body and snuggliness it gives, but I'm trying to come up with a better method this time.

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