Baby Life Quilt


hey there, Vanessa from V and Co. here.
i've had this quilt bouncing around in my head for quite some time. so when i saw the "make life" line by sweetwater, i instantly knew that this quilt needed to be made out of this line.
it seems like everywhere i turn someone is announcing that they are pregnant or that they just found out what they are having. with just one layer cake i was able to make two completely different color scheme quilts, and i still have some left that i'm working with (another tutorial in the works with the leftovers!)

shall we get started?

1 make life layer cake.
for each quilt:
1 1/4 yards of background fabric (shown are:5424 20 Apple and 5424 24 Earth )
1 1/2 yards fabric for back (used but now shown: 5421 25 Ocean, and 5421 22 Apple
1/2 yard of fabric for binding (5424 19 Ocean and 5424 11 Apple)
pattern for words (get pdf here)
heat and bond


cut your background fabric to measure 38 by 36 inches.
you will need to print out the letters pdf file. and gather up a few squares you would like to use as your letters. i chose to use the solid color squares but you can use whichever you would like.
next i traced onto my heat and bond the letters that i needed.


cut out your letters but leaving a little paper around each letter. (it makes for cutting the letter out easier i think)
iron onto the wrong side of your fabric. (make sure you utilize your fabric and try to use as little fabric as possible by starting in the corner.)

cut out your letters.
(with paper still on the back) see where you would like to place your words. make sure they are straight by using a ruler.
i measured 3 1/2 inches from the bottom and left side of my fabric as the place where i wanted my last word to be.
i then placed my words up from there.
take off the paper from the back and when you have the placement of where you want the letters, iron them down onto your fabric.
**to secure your letters either zig zag or blanket stitch around your letters. when i do this i like to use clear thread.
(i didn't on these quilts knowing that these were just going to be "for show" quilts)
i then took the rest of my squares. i picked out the ones i wanted to be in my border.
cut out strips with widths of 1 1/2 inches. i did make them different lengths because i wanted a scrappy look.

i then sewed my strips together so they measured 1 1/2 by 38 inches.


and then sewed them to the left and right of my main panel.
the top and bottom scrappy border should measure 1 1/2 by 38

next you are going to cut out two strips of your remaining background fabric to 2 by 40 inches.
this will be your left and right outer border.
your top and bottom border will measure 2 by 41 inches


sew them on to the top and bottom.
your finished quilt top will measure 40 by 41 inches.
when you are ready to bind your quilt, i have a binding tutorial on my blog: check it out here

two quilts with the capability of making a few more...or wait and see what i do with the rest of it. tutorial coming soon to my blog.
now your baby, or your friend's baby can have a totally cute mod baby quilt and the color combos are endless with this line!

thanks! and can't wait to show you what i do with the rest of scraps!
tutorial and pictures brought to you by V and Co.

104 comments:

Kim Walus said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt. Does the sweet baby come with the pattern. The quilt and the baby are so cute!!!

Kristin said...

This is pretty awesome. It would also be great for your favorite pet. Or me. I would totally snuggle under this.

Madame Samm said...

Both you and your model are totally inspiring. Oh, let me explain, I DO NOT want another baby,( grin) however I love to give birth to this new design...Bravo, great tut, sew thank you.

blessings madame samm

Elizabeth said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!

Tracey J said...

Such true words there. :)

Great quilt. Thank you for sharing it with us.

corinnea said...

This is perfect.

Bradie Sparrow said...

this is so cute!

Bloom said...

Great quilts Vanessa! Quirky & simple - perfect! Congratulations.

Elaine Wilson said...

This is absolutely adorable. As a new "grandmother to be", I think my new grand babies needs this! Thanks for sharing!!!

Andi said...

Love this concept.
Quick question .... Do you sew down the letters at all before quilting?
If so, what method do you use?
If not, how do you stop the letters from becoming all raggy after the first wash?
Thanks,
Andi :-)

Kris said...

Love this. Gorgeous!

Katie B. said...

This is fantastic! I love it.

Kaye Prince said...

So pretty Vanessa! My neighbour is just about ready to pop with her first, and I might just need to make her this cute quilt!

Michele said...

So cute! The quilt is great too! ;) I was wondering about the letters too. Does the quilting hold them down enough?

Dianne said...

Very very very cute! Great idea!

madrekarin said...

That is just adorable! I know a few babies that would love to dribble all over one of these cuties! Thanks so much for sharing.

kpmattingly said...

Love it! Such a cute idea.

Ruth B said...

Just in time....I need to make a baby quilt for my friends first grandchild and this is perfect! Great job Vanessa. Another winner!

jaybird said...

seriously adorable V... i so want to make one... now i just need a kid ;-)

rachel griffith said...

genius.
:)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Easy and so cute Vanessa!

Jilly's Space said...

Awesome! Definately a baby quilt I will have to make!
Thanks :-)

V and Co. said...

to answer your guys question about the letters. you can blanket stitch or zig zag your edges. i don't like the look of it sometimes so i use clear thread. not this time though because i knew these would be just "show off" quilts! ;)

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Leila said...

When I first saw the picture I thought the words were typed on top of the picture like the title of the quilt. :) It would be fun to do all sorts of words or sayings. Perfect for a baby gift!

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quilterscabin said...

The quilt is cute, but that is one BEAUTIFUL baby!!!

Casey said...

I love this quilt! so fun!

Cheryl said...

V,
you never cease to amaze me. Love this little quilt.

KristenMary said...

What a wonderful, modern, simple, clever quilt!!

Brenda said...

Darling quilt and adorable baby too!

Keriann said...

This is pefrect! I can't wait to get this made up! And with my cricut....oh the simplicity!!

Sandie Grisé said...

adorable!

Bee Yourself Designs said...

Aww! Sweet! Nice idea for a quilt!

Brooke said...

Love it love it love it... great idea. Thanks

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I just adore this quilt! Great job!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

So so cute and clever V!! Jenn

SheilaC said...

This is a great quilt! I love the appliqued letters!

SheilaC

mallorymurray said...

That is so beautiful and sweet! Lucky to any recipient who gets this. :)

Alida L. said...

I love this! I think if I make one it will say "Eat Play Sleep Poop Repeat". Just because I don't think anyone has ever appliqued the word poop on a quilt, and it would be freakin awesome!

Melissa said...

Vanessa,
this is FANTASTIC!!
Melissa

V and Co. said...

originally it was going to say "poop"
but i didn't know if it would be "okay" but i kept laughing every time i thought about it...now i think i'm just going to have to do it anyways!!! ;)

funplayroom said...

I love it!!!

Fraldinhas said...

Lindos e originais todos estes trabalhos. Vou seguir. Continuação de boas ideias.

zees5 said...

My babies are all in school now but this is my life, except its eat, clean, sleep, repeat! That is one very cute quilt!

Sachiko said...

This is the cutest quilt ever!! You did it again V!

Carol said...

I love this quilt.
It's simple and very beautiful.
I think I'd do something similar for my baby girl (she's 11 months) but both in Spanish and English (because we're from Spain)

Shawn said...

Love the picture, so sweet!

Autumn said...

This is it! I'm SO making this blanket for a baby shower in April. So cute and simple!!

mrspelly said...

Im in love!! Awesome work!

Mishka said...

Very cute!

Larissa said...

Aw friend, so cute. I pretty much want to make this now...this could be my first quilt right???? I do have a friend and then a couple of siblings having kids. So cute.

Lady Baillio said...

Darling Quilt! That's my exact routine for my infants. Bravo!

Kimberly said...

I just love it! How about finishing the letters with a strait stitch just in from the edge so it'll give a frayed look after washing...?

Awesome looking quiltie!

Nurse Brittney said...

perhaps i dont get the concept of the bake shop, but I am clikcing around and don't see any prices or a way to actually buy this fabric. can someone please point me in the right direction?

Mel said...

Simple brilliance!!

Missy said...

Absolutely Adorable!!! One of my all time favs!

VM's said...

Absolutely adorable! I may have to make this for my good friend who's having a baby in 2 weeks!! Thanks for the great idea! :)

Valerie C. said...

I agree with all the other commenters - what an adorable quilt and a darling baby! Thanks for sharing your idea/pattern!

Heather said...

i LOVE these fabrics and the quilt. maybe i missed it but did you put any batting in between the fabrics??? i'm a fairly new sewer so i didn't know if i should just assume or if you didn't for some reason. :) thanks!

dana said...

This is so totally cool. Great step by step instructions Vanessa!

Michelle M. said...

This is the most adorable quilt ever!

I am going to link to your post from my blog because I just love it so much. If only I could actually quilt...

karma-dee said...

I am having trouble with the letters file - help! It will not open or save as a pdf, just an html doc.

The Cowgill Family said...

I love this quilt. Now I have to make one like it :) For the quilting of it- did you use a machine (embroidry type) or did you sew it by hand/machine to finish it off? It is kind of hard to see in the picture how you did it.

tini-uk said...

I have made it and it was great fun. It went to a baby boy and I just hope he likes it as much as I loved making it. Thank you for a fantastic tutorial.
I put a picture on my blog: ohsewwonderful

Cassie said...

I love this quilt so much. It looks reasonably easy for a beginner like me. Can't wait to make one for my best friend expecting her first baby!

lucy said...

I am actually looking for a baby gifts' ideas, and I think that your quilt is absolutely the perfect gift to give for an expectant mother! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial link. =)

Ann Flowers said...

This is a fantastic quilt. Adorable!

I too would like to know if there is batting in the middle?

My 14 year old son loves to sew baby blankets for all our friends who have babies. This would be a perfect next step for him. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

Bonnie said...

I made this quilt for a friend's new baby boy. It looks great. I had a good time making it and I loved the design. I want to make others! THe letters took a long time to cut out and sew around but it was well worth it!

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Tissu said...

It's so adorable...It's a great tuto and the pdf will be very useful.
Thak you again

The Tildy Spot said...

Are the letters in the pdf hand drawn or did you use a font? If you used a font, what point size is it? I want to put different words on a similar quilt and I really like these letters.

SerendipitiJoy said...

Just wanted to let you know that my sister asked me to make this quilt for her best friend's new baby girl. Thanks so much for the design!

Kelly Bolerjack said...

I was able to make this quilt for my dear friend's baby girl. It such a sweet pattern...and amazingly true. This is really their life's work...those four small words.

http://kellybirths.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/a-quilt-for-charlotte/

Sew Sane Jane said...

Such a cute pattern! I made it for a friend's baby, gave it to her at her baby shower, and was the talk of the shower. So cute, simple, and will work even when she is not such a baby anymore!
http://sewsanejane.blogspot.com/2010/12/past-projects.html

Mikki said...

Do you quilt your blankets with your sewing machine? Would you consider doing a quilting tutorial? :)

Sarah said...

You forgot the most prolific activity! Mine will say, "eat, poop, play, repeat" lol

Jami Jackson said...

I love this idea!

Ashley said...

This quilt is so adorable. I just finished piecing mine together and as I was doing it I kept thinking the same thing as well, 'eat, play,poop, sleep, repeat' :) didn't do that though:)

for those of you did this, how did you quilt yours? machine or by hand? i'm at that stage in my quilt and I have no idea what to do. any suggestions would be nice:)

Brooke said...

eat. play. sleep. repeat. wouldn't life be great if it was that simple for adults.

Feed Dog Quilters said...

I love this quilt and made it for my grandson! sooo cute. love your stuff and excited about the book

Carolyn S. said...

I began making this quilt three days ago, but an unfortunate scissor incident with the letters left me with a nearly-amputated fingertip (which has been thankfully reattached by someone with superior skills using a needle and a thread). But I'm back and determined to finish this quilt. It's that worth it!

Camie Rae said...

I adore this quilt. I made one for my baby to be born this June. Thanks for all the awesome ideas!!!

http://cccraftsnjunk.blogspot.com/2011/02/baby-quilt.html

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured your quilt on my blog today!

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Very clever quilt. #1 question - did you use batting? I see other people have asked that and I don't see the answer.

Grandchild#6 is on the way...so might have to give it a try.

Thanks.

foodmathquilts said...

Love it! I couldn't get this pattern out of my head, and I made one back in February for a colleague.

I couldn't get the google doc of the pdf to print either, but if you click "printer friendly version" the letter template is on the last page.

Of course I can't find the first printout, so I'm printing again and looking forward to whipping up a second quick, fun, and cute quilt.

Sarah

Zelda said...

shouldnt it say EAT, POOP, SLEEP, REPEAT! just kidding... it is so cute and amazingly simple!! LOVE it!!

V and Co. said...

i used batting yes, and i suggest doing hand or machine applique around the letters.

Jojo said...

Thank you so mcuh for this fab tute. A friend of mine had a baby girl recently and I was lacking a little textile inspiration until I stumbled upon yout tute. So thank you - I finished mine yesterday and my friend was really pleased. My version is here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.287822854578530.81693.286506048043544&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=287824044578411&set=a.287822854578530.81693.286506048043544&type=3&theater

heidimuller said...

I just love this quilt and am trying to gather the supplies to do this. I see layer cakes to buy online and some have 24 squares and some have 42. Can you please let me know which I need to complete this?
Thank you, I LOVE this pattern!!

Cath said...

my new grandson needs this quilt.....this is my next project!

Mischandra Smith said...

Wish this blanket were for sale. PLEASE consider selling this on Etsy...

creadientje said...

Thank you for your great inspiration! I made a Dutch version for my new nephew http://wp.me/pK2DW-Ks

Erin Leahy said...

Working on this right now for a friend's baby shower gift using cute pink Holly Hobbie fabric with brown lettering! If I can figure out how to post a picture, I will certainly do so once I'm finished! Will be doing another one for my sister's-in-law second son, coming in a few weeks!

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Stephanie Schofield said...

You don't happen to have a stippling tutorial do you? I see that you applied it to this quilt, and me being new to the quilting world would love to learn this technique.

Jane said...

On my god, I love this pattern. All my friends are having babies and having just had on of my own I don't have time to make fancy custom quilts anymore. This one is simple yet awesome and I can customize it. Thank you so much.

Ellen Taylor said...

Beautiful, will be fast and quite an easier idea than I usually find myself getting involved in...like here I go again....Do you think by using smaller letters that it would look okay to put baby's name on it, and birthday? Pleeeeeaase help me out. Or do you think it would take away from the whole cuteness of the quilt?

Melissa Svensen said...

thanks for a great idea, I'm not a great quilter but am trying to do something for my BFF who is having twins and this is just too perfect! thanks for sharing your talent!

Malini said...

This is simple and super cute!

oneenglishteacher said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial and pattern file. I enjoyed being able to make this quilt and give it to a friend as a present for her first baby. Here's a link to my finished quilt: http://oneenglishteacher.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/baby-quilt-for-baby-adam/

pauliemylove said...

What is the font of these letters?? Can we download the whole alphabet somewhere??

Someone Critique said...

I think some of the leaking problems people have are due to incorrect prep and washing so if you follow the directions and use the correct soap you shouldn't have a problem. When she is big enough for the mediums, I will buy them again. We have never had a problem with diaper rash. As you can tell, I'm happy with these and although the washing and stuffing the diapers is a little more work, we make it happen. We will soon be using cloth wipes because it won't be anymore work for us and better for our little girl!
honest company

Silvia said...

Thank you for this so inspired pattern. I'm working on it. The words are so right!