Picket Fences Crib Quilt

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Hello again! I'm Angela and I blog over at Cut to Pieces. I am very excited about this baby crib quilt. I had the pleasure of working with Sweetwater's Hometown fabric and I couldn't be more in love with it. There is something about this collection that just begs you to snuggle with it. After making this quilt, I want to make Pajama pants in almost every fabric. ;)

Picket Fences is a crib quilt that is a perfect welcome home gift for the newest little one in your life. You can have fun trying to find your own Hometown among the many, many names on the fabric. I found mine! The canvas backing makes for a durable floor play mat, but this also makes a beautiful wall hanging. Either way, this quilt will be well loved by all.



• 3 Charm Packs of Sweetwater's Hometown
• 1 Jelly Roll of Bella White Solids
• 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding
• 2 yards of Hometown canvas grey dot for the backing
• 2 yards of Hometown canvas town print for the backing


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Charm Packs and a Jelly Roll make quick work of piecing this quilt top. The quilt is pieced in vertical columns made up of charms and/or jelly roll strips. Then each vertical row is sewn together to complete the top. A small amount of paper piecing is used to create the tips of the picket fence (but don't worry if you don't do paper piecing! You can use the patterns in the Printer Friendly version as templates).


Cutting:

White Bella Solid:

Select (11) strips from the White Jelly Roll.

Cut (8) strips 22.5" in length for 2.5" x 22.5" pieces.  Use the remaining part of the strip for the 8 paper pieced fence tips.  There is plenty for this!

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Cut (3) strips into (9) sets of (2) 2.5" x 5" pieces. You need 18 pieces total and you can get 8 pieces per strip.

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Hometown Charm Packs

I chose to remove the solid cream fabrics from the charm packs as I felt that there would not be enough contrast between the cream and the white "fence".

• Select (8) charms to be used with the paper pieced tips.  Cut each charm in half to create (2) 2.5" x 5" pieces.  Keep the two halves together for use on the same fence tip.

• Select between (16) and (32) charms to cut in half to create pieces  2.5" x 5".  You need (32) half charms all together, but you may or may not want to repeat which ones you have of this size.  Thus you can either choose (16) pieces or up to (32) pieces to cut in half.

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• Select (8) charms for the "post" rows.  Cut each charm in half and then cut (8) of those into 2.75" x 2.5" pieces.

 • Select (72) charms to be used throughout the background as well.


Piecing

The first thing you get to do is play with all the pretty fabrics in the charm packs!  You will need to lay out your charm squares, half charm squares and perhaps even some of your "fence" pieces to spread out the colors and patterns evenly throughout the background.  There are nine "rail" rows (which are 5" wide)  and eight "post" rows (which are only 2.5" wide).

You can use this picture as a visual for where you are headed.

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Each "post" row is only 2.5" wide and uses half charms, jelly roll strips, and the paper pieced tip. From top to bottom, there are 3 half charms, followed by a "quarter" charm, then the paper pieced tip and the 22.5" long fence post.


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Each "rail" row is made up of 5 charms followed by a "rail", then two more charms, another "rail" and ends with a single charm at the bottom.

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As you can see here, I just put my fabric out all over the floor and tried to evenly distribute the colors and fabrics.  You will be using both of your full sized charms (for the rail rows) and your half charms (for the post rows).

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Things can get confusing very quickly, so I find it helpful to label each row.  Use whatever system works best for you, but I just grab some generic plain labels and stick them on. (A little tip: don't put the labels where they could get caught in the seam allowance!  This way you can keep the labels on while you sew the pieces together and remove them when you need to.)

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I start to partially construct my rows by sewing together each very simple rail column.  I press all the seams in one direction from the bottom to the top of the row.

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Sewing the Fence Tips


Use the templates in the Printer Friendly Version at the bottom of the post and make 8 copies of the fence post tips for paper piecing.  This is a very simple little paper pieced pattern. If you are not familiar with paper piecing, you can also use the print out the pattern as a template guide.  You can make your own templates simply by cutting out each shape and then add a 1/4" seam allowance on all sides of pieces 1, 2, and 3.   Piece 1 is the fence itself and should the white solid.  Pieces 2 and 3 are two halves of a charm as chosen before.  And piece 4 is a "quarter" charm (or more accurately 2.75" x 2.5").

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Use the pattern to sew the white fabric to the paper and surround it on either side with the two matching half charms.

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Sew the upper half of the post row to the paper pieced fence tip, connecting the fence tip to the background fabric.  Remove the paper.

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Here is a view of the upper half of the "post" row from the front.

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Sew each upper "post" row to one of the 22.5" long pieces of the white solid.  The rows may look a little odd at first because of the extra fabric on either side of the fence tip.  But you want this!  That is your seam allowance for when you sew a "post" row to a "rail" row.

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Putting your Quilt Top Together

Begin to sew each of your "post" and "rail" vertical rows together in order to create your quilt top.  Pin together at each matching seam and as needed to help keep your fabrics together.

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Sew row 1 (a rail row) to row 2 (a post row) and press the seam allowance toward row 2.  Then sew these two rows to row 3 and so on.

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Your quilt top will begin to come together.  Soon you will be able to see a fence, piece by piece.


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More rows sewn together.

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A whole fence, built of rail rows and post rows!

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The Backing


The backing of a quilt is always a bit larger than the quilt top to allow for some shifting during the quilting process.  This back is no exception.

From the two yard lengths of canvas, cut an 18" width of the grey polka dot and a 33" width of the town print.

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Using some of the left over fabric from the jelly rolls and a single charm, create a strip to go between the two canvas prints.  Cut the charm into fourths and use three of the pieces spread evenly between lengths of white solid.  Then sew this pieced strip in between the two canvas prints, creating one backing.

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Here you can see the backing in action!  That little quarter charm just pops off the back!

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Completing the Quilt:

Use your favorite basting method to baste together the backing, batting and quilt top. I chose to use a low loft cotton batting. Then quilt as desired. I echo quilted the fence posts with straight line quilting. Then I used free motion quilting to create a horizontal "wind" effect on the top half of the quilt and a vertical "grass" effect on the bottom half of the quilt.


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I bound my quilt using (5) 2 1/2" wide strips sewn together on the bias end-to-end. I fold that in half all along the length and stitch to the edge of the quilt. Then I flip the folded edge to the back of the quilt and hand sew in place. Just a simple double fold binding method.

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One Crib Quilt sized 45" x 60".

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I hope you like this design! I'd love to see any versions you make of this quilt. You can share them on Flickr in my group Cut To Pieces and of course the Moda Bake Shop group.


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Angela Pingel


139 comments:

What Comes Next? said...

what a fabulous design Angela!

CJ said...

Such a cute quilt and it is PERFECT to have a Picket Fence in Hometown. :)

Jane said...

Awsome quilt Angela!

Rachel said...

Fantastic! Great job!!

Ned's Place said...

What a lovely design with a picket fence as well cute.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Another 100% ding dong of a wonderful quilt Angela - you are such a wonderful quilt designer and I am in love with this one.

Katie said...

Amazing! And to think I was dreaming up a picket fence block and here you're made an entire quilt with that design. Great mind think a like?

Mandalin said...

that's a beauty of a quilt!

Kerry said...

A perfect pattern for Hometown!

Pat V. said...

Angela, such a striking quilt and you make it look so easy. Love the fabrics, too...

audrey said...

Cute pattern!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely quilt Angela! I'll definitely make one of those..one day!

Quiltjane said...

Beautiful fabric, Novel idea and great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

hueisei said...

Lovely quilt.. Thanks for sharing!

Tezzcan said...

I just love it!!!!

gill said...

Thanks Angela!
This is fabulous!!

Peach Rainbow said...

Beautiful quilt with a lovely fabric line :D

Jeannette said...

What a clever design, adorable!

erin said...

so cute- and really shows off your gorgeous fabric selections!

ladmquilter said...

What a great design I love that fabric.

JLG said...

This fabric line is just beautiful and I love how y ou used it!

Lisa Marie said...

Love the fence idea. I think it would be cute as a mini quilt to hang on the wall, too.

Vickie said...

I love this quilt! It's great!
Thanks for sharing!

DEAN FAMILY said...

I love the picket fence, this would be so adorable in a little girls room and I like that it's not the traditional pink and all flowery. Great tutorial, thanks.

Katie B. said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Such a fun design for this fabric.

Rafajah said...

Thanks for beeing so generous as to share this beauty!!!

Isisjem said...

What a great quilt. With great fabric! I love the picket fence bits. It would make a lovely gift for someone moving too!

Coisas da Laura said...

Wonderful quitlt and perfect tutorial! Thanks for beeing so generous!!!

Jessica said...

Fantastic!

Rachel said...

I really love this, Angela. The pattern complements the Hometown fabric perfectly. Well done! :)

Lynn Brown said...

Clever design! Thanks for the tutorial!

Quilter in the Gap said...

Lovely quilt. I think I have just the right fabric for this one (and many more I am sure). Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

love that you used the canvas prints for the back, i think that is a great idea for baby quilts! always on the floor! love this design and how you made it charm pack friendly!

KristyLou said...

Wow! This is soooo creative and yet simple enough for me to try. Awesome!!!

L&M Creations said...

So adorable! Love the design.

KatheG said...

So adorable - thanks for creating and sharing.

Tiffany said...

Ahhhh love love love love this! Love the minimal use of white and it is such a fun and original, yet simple to make, design. You rock :)

Lindsey F. said...

It's a cute quilt, Angela.

Jenn said...

I adore this quilt......I'm adding this to my project list!

Nancy D. said...

What a cute idea. Great job!

Suzanne said...

This quilt has a great mix of techniques in it. I love the design and really appreciate the idea of labels. I use small pieces of paper and pins usually but this is faster which allows for more sewing time. Win-win!

stitchinpenny said...

I love the quilt. It is simple yet makes a huge statement.

Mommarock said...

So cute! I love hometown, and this picket fence really makes you think of home. What a genius use of hometown!

Carrie P. said...

You are so creative. I really like this design.
Neat idea for the machine quilting too. Well done.

Pamela said...

Picket Fence and Hometown fabric...
Genius!

Di~ said...

I agree with the snuggling factor. The colors are SO! inviting. Thanks!

angela said...

Beautiful. Love those fabrics

2MuchFun said...

Cute!!!

Sarah said...

Love the quilt and love the fabrics - so warm and homely! Beautiful!

Kathy said...

Great pattern, Anglea. LOVE that it is a crib quilt too. Congrats on your second Moda Bake Shop recipe. It's going to be a hit.

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Love this! So cute with the white picket fence. Thanks for this!

Nan said...

I love this! Especially the wind and grass free-motion quilting. This is a special quilt!

Sherry W said...

I love this, it is just toooo cute!

GrammaJ said...

Very interesting quilt. I think I will file this one for some winter sewing. Thanks.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

What a perfect marriage of pattern and fabric. I love it.

If Toys Could Talk said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I love the fabrics you chose. :)

Deanna said...

What a neat idea! In a larger size with the fence coming from the bottom up instead of the side, this would be great in my bedroom.

Patti said...

Exactly what I'm looking for! I'm already planning fabric. It will go to a charity auction. Thanks for this great design.

Darlene said...

Fantastic idea for a quilt especially using Hometown. It seems fitting.

knottygnome said...

great design! i love that line of fabric.

Dawn said...

What a cute quilt with a great fabric line.

Leslie can't stop quilting said...

Great job Angela! Thanks for sharing!

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fallingforpieces said...

This is a really sweet little quilt, I'm looking forward to trying it.

quirky granola girl said...

this quilt is so adorable! i love it!

Sallie said...

What a cute idea! Very clever! Thanks for sharing!

Mama Spark said...

Awesomly clever idea! Love the quilt!

Rosa said...

Another awesome quilt,congratulations!!

Jessica said...

This is adorable! I can't wait to try this!!

Lindsay Conner said...

Love this Angela! And so nice of you to donated it to a local shelter... win-win!

Wag Doll said...

Very clever design, it looks gorgeous!

Tonni said...

Oh, this is so cute!

DianeY said...

This is really cute! Great job, Angela

Natasha said...

lovely quilt.

Alisa said...

Really, really cute. I'd love to see that hung on a wall. Thanks for the tutorial.

Tricia said...

This is a really good use of this super cute fabric!

Cindy said...

Cute quilt! Love the fence with Hometown fabrics.

Teri said...

Love the quilt and the fabric is my current favorite!!

adashave said...

Just love the quilt.
thanks

Andrea said...

so cute! i love sweetwater fabric

Emma B. said...

Adorable! Love the fabric!

Candice said...

Love the fence! I grew up around lots of white picket fences- reminds me of home :)

Manda said...

Great design!

Home Designs by Amanda said...

At first I wasn't sure I liked the Hometown print, but the more I see it being used, the more I like it...you did a great job with it for this quilt!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial Angela! This is one "SWEET" quilt.

odd duck said...

wonderfully adorable design! And the fabric is delicious.

Feeling good by H said...

Just love the colours behind the fence.

MollyP said...

I have never done paper piecing, but this cute quilt has just the right amount of paper piecing (very little) and way more wonderfulness needed to talk me into trying. Thanks for the lovely, and baby step, intro to a new challenge.

Mom2RyandSis said...

Beautiful Quilt!!

Bry said...

This came out adorably!! Fantastic job :)

Ella said...

It's such a happy quilt! I love the design and the fabric...

Jo said...

Wonderful quilt

webmailaddress2 said...

What a lovely quilt!

Katy Cameron said...

What a cute idea for this fabric line

jmniffer said...

What a cute idea to incorporate a picket fence into the quilt design. Thanks for sharing.

Tamie said...

Love your use of Hometown!

Kirsten N said...

Beautiful fabric and such a great design - love the idea of the fence too!

Marcia W. said...

Wonderful choice to add that picket fence to a hometown quilt.

Laura T said...

Way too cute! Love the picket design and the backing and love Sweetwater's Hometown Fabric collection - I think it's one of their best:)
Laura T

chloeandme said...

Great tut! Love the fabrics u used!..Jackie@Pacitti.us

Mimi said...

I love this idea!! Great tutorial too! Thanks for sharing.

Kari said...

Adorable! It would be cute in soft colors for a little girl or shabby chic look too. I love that backing fabric with the words.

Rebecca said...

This quilt is just wonderful - what a fantastic design for this line of fabric! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

Jennifer D said...

I love this quilt! My mother (who doesn't quilt) has asked me to make her a quilt and I think this is the pattern I will use!! Beautiful!

linda@arkademedia.com said...

Love the design and the quilting.

quiltmania said...

Thanks for sharing. I love hometown and am currently working on a couple of projects using it.

Bobbi said...

This is so super cute!!!!

rebecca said...

What a clever and simple design at the same time!

Sassy Sunshine Quilter said...

i am in love with this line of fabric. what a cute quilt you've designed. great tutorial. thanks for all your hard work.

Karen said...

I adore this fabric line and your tutorial really pulls it all together - awesome!

Fran said...

I love these fabrics & this quilt shows them off to perfection!

Rabid said...

So cute!

SoozeM said...

What a gorgeous design, this would be great for a boy (as well as a girl of course), boy quilts can be so hard to do sometimes!

BeeSewSweet said...

I love this quilt design. It's great and works so well with this fabric line. Thanks for sharing it!

LethargicLass said...

This is wonderful, because who wouldn't want a picket fence :) This line is so fabulous and the ideas people are coming up with only make it better :)

Jamie said...

What an adorable idea! You are so creative.

Lucy said...

Nice design to use with the gorgeous fabric!

trudys_person said...

Very cute quilt! I can see it with a flowerly line of fabrics too ... thank you for the giveaway!

Cameron H said...

Lovely! Can't wait to make quilts with the Hometown line.

Kate R said...

This is such a fun design - well done! And the perfect fabric collection for it :)

NicoleAnnes said...

A very cute quilt. Love it made from the Hometown fabrics!

Angela Lysandrou said...

Love your quilt, what a clever idea.

Anonymous said...

This is fabulous--I absolutely am in love with it. Hometown was an awesome fabric choice for this one!

midnight hysteria said...

your work is awesome; love the quilt ... darlene

Live a Colorful Life said...

this is a wonderful quilt design!

Kell said...

Such a cute baby quilt & I love Hometown!

robin said...

Awesome! I love it.

Mego said...

LOVE IT! Now I can use up all my FLORALS!!! THANX!

Laura said...

Love it, Love it, Love it. Such a simple look and so homey and comfortable looking.

Angelina S. said...

Cute!

bee said...

what a cute quilt! I love how it looks complex but goes together so easily!

Francis Paul said...

lovely quilt with lovely fabric!

Anonymous said...

Super cool. My hometown is South Bend too. Love the quilt. I thought wouldn't it be neat to put a sun in the corner and grass. Oh well, that's way ahead of my skill level. But I do love the quilt and the fabrics.
Vickie

bellashea said...

Love the quilt pattern!!!

Amy in VA said...

Great pattern to show off this fabric. Love it

Aggiequilter said...

About the CUTEST thing I've ever seen! Love it!

erwicker said...

Fantastic! Great job!!

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Bronwyn said...

This would look great in California Girl!!! Nice pattern!!

Montseta said...

Love this pattern, So cute!