Friday, September 8, 2017

Woven Baby Quilt Tutorial


Since I'm not quite finished with the quilt I have been quilting, I thought I would share a quick baby quilt tutorial.  You may remember this quilt finish from about two weeks ago.  A simple baby quilt that is now safely delivered to its new owners, waiting for the sweet baby girl to arrive.  Long story short, after being commissioned to make a baby quilt in purples and greens I needed something simple and quick.  After doing a few drawings for the customer, like a nine patch and a bar quilt, I came up with this woven design or a play on the rail fence block.  The customer loved the look of this quilt and so this was the road we traveled down.

Construction of this quit is super quick and easy.  Perfect for that last minute I need a shower gift and I need it like TOMORROW!  For my quilt I chose to use one light purple and light green fabric, but used two different dark green and purple fabrics.  For the purpose of this tutorial, I will write it using just one dark green and purple.

Woven Baby Quilt
32"x 40"
  • Sew all seams using a scant 1/4"
  • Pattern based on width of fabric (WOF) measuring 44"
  • Total number of blocks equals 20

Yardage
  • light purple 1/2 yard
  • light green 1/2 yard
  • dark purple 1/2 yard (could easy use two 1/4 yard cuts of different colors)
  • dark green 1/2 yard  (could easy use two 1/4 yard cuts of different colors)
Cutting Instructions:
  • From the light purple fabric cut four 2 1/2" x WOF strips
  • From the light green fabric cut four 2 1/2" x WOF strips
  • From the dark purple fabric cut two 4 1/2" x WOF strips
  • From the dark green fabric cut two 4 1/2" x WOF strips

Really there are two different ways you could construct the blocks for this quilt.  Both are super easy, so I have decided to include instructions for both methods.

Piecing Method #1 Strip Piecing

Strip piecing is probably the quickest method for constructing the blocks

Sew one of the light green 2 1/2" x WOF strips to each side of one of the 4 1/2" x WOF dark purple strips.  You will need make two of the strip sets below.


Sew one of the light purple 2 1/2" x WOF strips to each side of one of the 4 1/2" x WOF dark green strips.  You will need make two of the strip sets below.


Next using your cutting ruler, trim each strip set to 8 1/2" blocks.  You should be able to get five from each strip set.





You should have a total of 10 light purple/dark green and 10 light green/dark purple blocks.


Piecing Method #2 Regular Piecing

I decided to include instructions for just piecing each block one at a time.  Why?  I actually prefer this type of construction, because sometimes, when I'm working with strips, my strips can get a bit wonky.  I know I should slow down and do a better job cutting.

Using your light green and light purple 2 1/2" x WOF strips, cut each strip into five 2 1/2"x 8 1/2" rectangles.  You should have a total of 20 light green and 20 light purple 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.


Next, using the 4 1/2" x WOF dark green and dark purple strips, cut each strip into five 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.  You should have a total of 10 dark green and 10 dark purple 4 1/2"x 8 1/2" rectangles.


Sew a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" light green rectangle to each side of the 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" dark purple rectangles to form 10 of 8 1/2" blocks below.


Sew a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" light purple rectangle to each side of the 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" dark green rectangles to form 10 of 8 1/2" blocks below.




Quilt Construction

Once you have the 10 light green/dark purple and 10 light purple/dark green blocks pieced you can begin piecing your quilt top together.  Arrange the blocks similar to the diagram below.  Your quilt should be five rows of four blocks.


I promise in no time your quilt will come together.  For my quilt, I chose to do a simple all over stipple.  It provided a wonderful texture, keeping the quilt super soft.  The best part?  The quilting only took around 45 minutes.


It would also look great just stitched in the ditch or adding some straight line quilting.  Trade in those stipples for all over loops.  You could even go crazy and add some ribbon candy and continuous curves.


What ever you decide on, it will look great and you will have a finished baby quilt in just an afternoon's time.  If you decided to whip one of these little quilts up, feel free to tag me on Instagram (@tishnwonderland).  I would love to see what you create.  Bonus points if there is a baby in the picture. 

I hope you have enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial.  That's my sort of finish for the week.  Next week, I'm hoping to be able to share my guild's outdoor quilt show on Sunday (weather permitted) and maybe a Meadow Mystery finish (fingers crossed).  To all of those, in Irma's path, please stay safe this weekend.  She will be headed my way, but will be much more timid and forgiving by the time she reaches our mountains and crisp cooler air.  Sending love to you all.









14 comments:

Jayne said...

Great tutorial Tish! We all need a simple pattern for last minute...this would be the perfect option! It would also be perfect for scraps and made as a scrappy quilt! Great job!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish,
Thank you for sharing your tutorial for this quick and cute baby quilt. I need to make one for my new great-nephew that is going to be a week old tomorrow. I want it to be really boyish, so I'm on the hunt for the perfect fabric. This will come together quickly for me so I can give it to him soon. ~smile~ Roseanne

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

The strip piecing method is totally the way to go! I like that you gave options as it could make a great scrappy quilt, too. :)

Leanne Parsons said...

That's a great baby quilt, Tish, and a real bonus that it's quick and easy to put together too! Thanks for sharing the tutorial for it :)

Stitchin At Home said...

Great instructions! I like the eye candy and curves.

Emily said...

I swear you were reading my mind, Tish! As we took our after-dinner walk tonight I was thinking about fabric I want to use and I have a few sets of half-yard cuts I don't know what to do with. And I had the specific thought "I need a project with just a few half yard cuts." And here you are! Perfect! No specific plans at the moment, but I know I'll be coming back to this!

Cheryl said...

Great tutorial for a quick baby quilt with lots of impact, thanks so much for sharing it!

Lisa J. said...

It's a great little quilt and tutorial Tish. It might work well for our donation quilts . I was trying out fabrics in my mind..

Vicki in MN said...

What a fun, colorful tutorial-thanks Tish. I know I have done a few quilts in this style, but it's been a while-it should go back on the to do list!

Sandy said...

I really like this quilt. Very nice tutorial. Thanks!

KaHolly said...

Wonderful little tutorial! How do you find the time!?!

Sue said...

Great tutorial Tish! I really like that you added the scrap block/less wonky seams option - sometimes (always) my seams go wonky on those long stretches too *sigh*

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Beautiful baby quilt!

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

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