Building Blocks Baby Quilt





33" x 40" Baby Quilt

Looking for a quick and easy baby quilt? This goes together in no time and uses just 20 Layer Cake squares. That means with some extra sashing and border fabric, you can make two! Know anyone having twins? I used "It's A Hoot;" such a fun and colorful line.

Let me know if you make one! Visit me at: www.hyacinthquiltdesigns.blogspot.com



1 "It's A Hoot Layer" Cake
5/8 yard Marshmallow 32376 18 for sashing
3/4 yard Turquoise 32375 26 for border and binding
1 1/2 yards for backing

Cutting:
Choose 20 of the 10" Layer Cake squares for the blocks. Pair up the squares into 10 sets that look good together. In each set, one fabric will be the center square and the other will be the outside of the block and vice versa.

From each pair of 10" squares, cut:
1 strip 2 3/4"; trim to 2 3/4" x 6 1/2"
1 strip 3 1/2"; trim to one 2 3/4" x 3 1/2", one 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", and one 1 1/4" x 3 1/2"
1 strip 1 1/4"; trim to 1 1/4" x 6 1/2"
Move the center square to the bottom and you're ready for piecing!
From the Marshmallow for the sashing, cut 11 strips 1 1/2".
  • Use 3 strips and cut 15 rectangles 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
  • Use 6 strips and cut 6 rectangles 1 1/2" x 27 1/2"
  • Use 2 strips and cut 2 rectangles 1 1/2" x 36 1/2"
From the Turquoise, cut 4 strips 2 1/2" for the border and 4 strips 2 1/2" for the binding.

Piecing the Quilt

1. Sew the 2 3/4" x 3 1/2" and the 1 1/4" x 3 1/2" pieces to the 3 1/2" center square.
2. Sew the 2 3/4" x 6 1/2" and the 1 1/4" x 6 1/2" pieces to the top and bottom. Make a total of 20 blocks.
3. Layout the blocks in 5 rows of 4 blocks each. Refer to the finished quilt and turn the blocks so that the center square alternates its position between the lower right corner and the upper left corner. Sew 4 blocks together in rows with the 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" sashing strips in between.
4. Sew the rows together with the 1 1/2" x 27 1/2" sashing strips in between and on the top and bottom.
5. Sew the 1 1/2" x 36 1/2" strips to the sides.
6. Trim the 2 1/2" Turquoise strips to length for the side borders and sew to the sides of the quilt. Repeat with the top and bottom borders.

7. Layer the quilt top with the batting and backing. If machine quilting is new to you, here's a tip on creating a custom look with simple quilting. Use any simple quilting design, but change thread colors as you move to different colors in the quilt. I did a simple star motif in the center squares and stippled the entire remainder of the quilt, stopping to change thread color as I went. After quilting, bind with the 2 1/2" Turquoise strips.

A simple baby quilt to snuggle under!




Cindy Lammon
{Hyacinth Quilt Design}

54 comments:

kelly lautenbach said...

I am totally making this... I know just the baby to make it for! :) CUTE and quick pattern. LOVE it! :)

Anne D said...

Gorgeous and so quick and easy. I was very excited to see one of your books in a book store in sydney. You are an international star!

Quiltjane said...

The colours are stunning. What a beautiful and easy quilt to make for a baby.

Corrin said...

I'm new new new to quilting. Can you explain to me what color thread you used and in what sections?

Lucie Monroe said...

I love this!!! this is definitely going to be my next project!! Going to order fabrics right now!!

Maria said...

Adorable! =) Perfect kiddy quilt!

JelyG said...

Love this design! I think I have at least 3 baby quilts to make (so far!) this year so this is definitely a must :D

Sewhappy said...

Wow I must now get a layer cake to make this beauty. I love it thank you for sharing your lovely pattern.

Barbara said...

GREAT pattern for charity quilts - too too cute - thanks for the tut !

Michele said...

Adorable and so fun! Your tutorial is perfect!

amomwithalessonplan.com said...

I love the quilting details.

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

This looks super easy!

Splendorfalls said...

I love that this has such a modern feel AND is easy peasy!

Nancy said...

The "Printer Friendly" link is broken. Would someone please correct it? Thanks

Jenny Garland said...

Nancy, it is working! Thanks :)

LeAnne said...

This is just darling! I love it and the fabric really makes it outstanding. Now I just need someone to have a baby so I can make it for them.

Christine said...

Great pattern. I'm printing it as we speak. Thanks for the inspiration to keep sewing. This is a pattern that my young adult daughters would do. They always want a project but need an easy, eye-candy idea. Thanks again.

Shirley Pando said...

I am sew lovin' this!! don't have little kids or grandkids yet, but I've gotta try it! TFS

DebrafromMD said...

Too cute!

Hattie said...

So cute! I LOVE that fabric collection!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Super cute pattern!

Sew Sane Jane said...

VERY cute quilt and pattern! I love how simple the pattern is, but looks Amazing and fussy when completed! I am marking this one RIGHT NOW as part of my to do list (that seems never ending) THANKS!

Cindy said...

A little more info on the quilting! I switched to green thread for the green areas, cream on the cream areas, red on the red areas, etc. This gives a more custom look than using one thread color throughout. It does involve stopping to change thread, but I pin well and do all of one color before moving on to the next.

Beverly said...

Beautiful quilt. Love the pattern. I also am going to try the change of thread quilting you mentioned. Sounds like fun.

Amanda said...

I love it! The colors really make the quilt pop. I will have to add this pattern to my "to-do" list.

tracy_a said...

I love this! thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Just found this one and will use it right away for a baby quilt! Thanks so much. It looks yummy.

cam said...
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cam said...

I have a layer cake of "Its a Hoot" laying on the living floor. I've been waiting for 'it' to speak to me about the layout. LOL! I'm going to make this instead. Thanks for being here at the right time!

Gretchen said...

I already have a "It's a Hoot" layer cake and charm pack. This is going to be my pattern! Love it!

Jen said...

Such an adorable quilt -- I definitely want to make this one!

Michele said...

So cute! What a fresh and clean look!

miss maggie said...

Perfect timing! There seems to be a never ending parade of pregnant friends in my world right now, and this is the CUTEST and most chic baby pattern! I can't wait to whip up a few... Thx Cindy

Sharon W said...

Another project for my to do list. Thanks for the pattern.

I am Just One Mom said...

and I thought I loved circles more than squares... how could I be so blind?
Darling, darling quilt.

Thank you for sharing!

Kylie said...

Just gorgeous!! Great design...not just for babies either.

gigi said...

I want to make this too, where can you
get this kit? I hope I can still find it, thank you for sharing

swalker287 said...

What a lively little beauty. Have several recipients in mind for this one. Thanks for the inspiration.

akg said...

Very cute. I'll have to keep this in mind for the next future mom I know.

vww said...

That's so cool! I always wondered how you did this pattern style, and now I know! I just started quilting, and feel a new obsession coming on... :)

Joan said...

This is one for my new nephew to be

Terri said...

Love this pattern!! I am going to make it twice as big and keep it for me! I have a layer cake and yardage of Frolic I have been saving and this is perfect for it...thanks!

Vicki said...

Great work, Amy! This fabric line is gorgeous!

Judy J said...

Sooo cute!

Ester Jean said...

hese fabrics really are gorgeous! I made a similar quilt (as far as the block piecing is concerned) for my husband out of camo and green and brown for his birthday. I thought it was hideous just because of the colors, but he loves it! I think this design is so versatile - and YOURs is LOVELY!

therealfrannie said...

I've been looking for a cute baby quilt and it looks like I found it! Thanks :)

SpartanGirl said...

I just ordered the fabric to make this quilt for my daughter. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!

Becky said...

Very cute quilt. I cut one out this morning and am anxious to see it done.

Katie said...

Saw this over on One Pretty Thing. This is beautiful! Love the design.

Anonymous said...

I wish I would have seen this a few months ago! I made my very first quilt out of the "It's a Hoot" for my friend's baby (who is due this Wednesday). Mine doesn't look nearly as nice as yours. I just might have to buy another pack to try my hand at this one! If I knew how to show you the pic of mine, I would.

Amber said...

Love this! Love the colors, I love the detailing with the sewn in stars...perfect!

50firstcrafts said...

Thanks so much for this! I just made my first quilt using your instructions and it turned out great! You can see it here: http://50firstcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/project-25-finished-quilt-and-lessons-learned/

Charity Jean said...

Thank you so much for the design and the step by step. I am so happy with my quilt and am excited to give this surprise gift to my daughter for her baby that is due in August. I love it!

Donna said...

What an adorable quilt and fabrics! I would like to make this as a full size quilt with these borders. Could you tell me how many blocks across and down I would need to use? Thank!