Mod Circles Appliqued Baby Quilt





Hi there, I'm Lindsey from LRstitched. I'm very excited to share my first recipe at the Moda Bake Shop!

Today, I'm going to show you how to make a fun and easy appliqued baby quilt.




  • 1 Charm Pack, "Sophie" by Chez Moi
  • 1 yard background fabric (Moda Bella Solid "Home Town Sky")
  • 1 yard backing fabric (Sophie "Blue Fiesta Collage")
  • 1/2 yard for the binding (Sophie "Green Peas Houndstooth")
  • batting (minimum 34x44)
  • 8" circle and petal templates (included in the Printer Friendly Version)
  • water soluble pen
  • measuring tape/ruler
  • scissors
  • fabric glue (My favorite is Liquid Stitch).
  • template plastic (optional, if you'd like to transfer your paper templates for ease of use)




One charm pack will give you enough petals to make 2 of these baby quilts.

We will be using 72 petals for one quilt (18 charms). Keep that in mind, if you would prefer to only make one quilt, select 18 charms and save the rest for another project.

If you would like to make 2 quilts, you will use 36 of the 42 charms. You'll also need to double the fabric requirements for background, backing and binding, as well as batting.

Once you've decided whether to make 1 or 2 quilts, grab your charm pack and let's get started!

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With the printed petal template, trace four petals per charm as shown below.

I like to cut my petals by hand since I'm trying to use every last scrap of fabric. However, if the thought of hand cutting makes you cringe, you can certainly use a rotary cutter!

If you choose to use a rotary cutter, be careful using this layout because space is tight. You may want to bump down to 3 petals per charm.




Now we need to prepare the background. Take your 1 yard background fabric (approx. 36" by 44") and cut down to 32" by 42". Press well.


Next we are going to trace our guide circles onto the background piece.

You will need the 8" circle template and a fabric pen. Lay out your background fabric on a hard surface and beginning in the top left corner, lay down your template. While measuring, adjust the circle template until it rests 2" from the top and 2" from the left and trace.

Measure 2" to the right of the first traced circle and repeat. Continue until you have traced all 12 circles as seen below.

Once the circles are traced, it's time to layout the petals. You will need 6 petals per circle.

If you imagine a line down the center of each circle, you will be placing 3 petals to the left of the line and 3 to the right.

Place your first petal on the top left side of the circle you've traced. The drawn circle will be your guide for placement as you work your way around.



Once all 12 circles are filled, adjust the petals if necessary until you're happy with the placement.


Now we need to secure the petals to the fabric to prepare for applique.

Begin by removing one petal from its place; apply a thin coat of glue and press firmly back to its spot on the background fabric.

Repeat for each petal until all are secured.




Once everything is glued down, you can start appliqueing each petal to the background fabric. I'm using a blanket stitch in the picture below.

If your machine doesn't offer that option, you can zigzag or straight stitch close to the petal edge.



We're almost done!

After appliqueing all the petals, press your top well. Take the backing fabric and layer it along with your batting and top, then quilt as desired.




Trim off the excess backing and batting and square up your quilt. Using your preferred method, make and apply the binding.

All finished!



A beautiful baby quilt, approximately 30" x 40".



Thanks so much, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Lindsey Rhodes

{www.LRstitched.com}


If you do make a Mod Circle quilt, I'd love to see it! Feel free to share it in the LRstitched Flickr pool.


76 comments:

...julia... said...

Love this quilt! Sew easy and sew cute!!!

Quiltjane said...

Spectacular.

tabbiegirl said...

I may have to make this tomorrow - it is soooo adorable!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

What a beautiful quilt! I don't know if it is the color combination or just the simplicity of the pattern, but I love it! Thanks for sharing.

bruinbr said...

Beautiful! I love the quilt and can't wait to make 1 (or 2!) :) Thanks so much!

gill said...

Thanks Lindsey!
This is a gorgeous quilt!

CJ said...

Very cute! I love how simple this quilt is to make. The instructions were easy to understand.

A quick question, where can I find the printable flower petals and circle templates?

Flying Blind... said...

Sweet as!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi CJ! Both templates are included in the "Printer Friendly" version at the bottom of the post. Thanks :)

Coisas da Laura said...

Such a darling quilt!!

Little Island Quilting said...

Fab with a capital F!

Katie B. said...

Very cute!

2MuchFun said...

Love, love, LOVE it!!!

Cindy said...

Your quilt is so sweet! I just love it!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Love this quilt! Love Sophie. Well done!!!

Anonymous said...

Very cute.I haven't tried the glue method of applique yet but this one looks easy.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Wonderful quilt! I like how calm it looks. Sometimes you just need a quiet baby quilt.

TheBeasKnees said...

What a great way to incorporate those lovely bright fabrics into something for a little one! Nicely done.

entrebordadosehilos@gmail.com said...

precioso y rápido, me encanto

saludos y gracias por publicarlo

KatieQ said...

Wow! This is a great quilt. I love that you can get more than 1 quilt out of a charm pack.

The Tulip Patch said...

I really like this...especially how it looks like a star in the middle of the circle.

Megan said...

Wonderful tutorial and precious quilt. This is going on my to-do list. I may even put this on the top of the list. Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly said...

this. is. gorgeous.

(but you already knew that, right?)

nettie said...

Wow, what an outstanding and creative quilt! I am usually a more traditional quilter, but I really love this quilt pattern. Can't wait to try it out.
Thanks for the ideas and great tute....
Nettie

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Wonderful quilt, went right to the top of my to-do list.

eatmoresmores said...

Oh my goodness. I love this quilt. I totally didn't plan on adding anything else to my "to-do" list, but this is going towards the top. Thank you!

Kimberly said...

I really love this! I have two baby quilts on my to do list so this might be the pattern I use for one. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

VickiT said...

Beautiful quilt. Thank you for such a great tutorial as well.

Jody of Because I'm Me said...

Very pretty. Thanks for such a clear tutorial!

CJ said...

Such a cute quilt and Sophie is fabulous!

Sharon T said...

Wow! Love it! I can't wait to get started...thank you.

beaquilter said...

very cool baby quilt, wonder if some petals or something from accuquilt will work...??

I am Just One Mom said...

absolutely darling! thank you.

Jan said...

Wow, what a darling quilt.

Paula said...

This quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it.

Megan said...

I LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jo said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to quilting and want to make a baby quilt and this looks like something I can do!
It's beautiful and I can't wait to get started!

Teresa

Chris {frecklemama} said...

I saw Lindsey's quilt in person today at the ATL MQG meeting and it is gorgeous in real life. The background blue is just to die for!

Lindsey you did a beautiful job on this and I can't wait to try it.

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

I LOVE it! Love it, love it!! I am going to make this tomorrow. I don't have anybody in my life who is pregnant. Oh well, I'll make it anyway!

Jeni said...

It is so pretty. And looks easy enough...I am going to have to try it. Thank you!

Sherry said...

Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, love it.

Kathryn said...

I've downloaded a copy. Something different, and I love circular designs. Kathie L in Allentown

amy said...

Adorable!!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial, love it! ;)

Kristie said...

Very pretty! Simple but stunning :)

Patti said...

You almost lost me at applique, but I'm so glad I read on! I think this is something that even I,being terrified of applique, can try! Thanks so much. You just may have converted me!

Nicole said...

This is absolutely darling. I love it!

Emma said...

thanks for this great quilt - I'm going to modify it into a table runner. must get started as table is being delivered tomorrow and i thought i still had a month!
Thanks again!

Melissa said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Suzanne said...

So pretty and the backing is a great complement to the front.

Kim said...

How cute would this be with Christmas fabrics and make each circle look like a wreath?
What an outstanding design!

Happy sewing and I wish you continued success!

PamKittyMorning said...

Very cute!

Jeanne said...

That is a great pattern and tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I am now wanting to go sew and 10 minutes ago I didn't want to. Thanks

Carla said...

What an adorable baby quilt and something "different" for the Moda Bake Shop. Congratulations on a great design idea!

Robin said...

Super cute! What a wonderful project. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Lish said...

could something like wonder under be used on the charms in place of the glue?

Scrappyendings said...

I love using Wonder Under for my applique projects. I actually have a leaf template for my Accucut die cutter. What a wonderful project idea!

Debbie said...

This is just darling!! Love your design - thanks for sharing!

bridgetgo said...

Lindsey, I have loved your work for a long time, and still have some of your amazing shirts. I love following your quilt blog. It an inspiration! Great project! Definitely going on the to-do list!

Lindsey R. :: LRstitched said...

Thank you everyone for the nice comments!!

Lish, you could totally use Wonder Under. I did that with one of my sample!

Aggiequilter said...

So unusual, love your design! thanks for sharing

SusanM said...

Use Sue Pelland's Leaves Galore rulers for rotary cutting curvy shapes (like the leaves you made). Then use her Chalk Line Marker to mark perfect grids to place the leaves on. Ironing on Misty Fuse on the back of your fabric before you cut will allow you to iron on your leaves perfectly to your grid on your background fabric (no need for messy glue!).
See SuePellandDesigns.com for easy rotary cut fusible applique.

Terri Ann said...

The printable version doesn't have any of the photos or the petal template. I'd love it if someone could update that or email it to me! I'd love to let this be my first attempt at appliqué!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Terri Ann! The circle and petal templates are on the last page of the Printer Friendly version.

Heather said...

Love this. Must make this for my daughter. Thinking of making a smaller version for her dolls too! Thank you for sharing!

Tee said...

Love this! It is super, super cute! Doublesided fusible interface should make placement of the petals easier...good weekend project!!!

Jenifer Cowles said...

I just posted about your wonderful quilt on the Therm O Web site.
http://thermoweb.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/baby-quilt-with-basting-spray/
thanks so much for a great pattern.
Jenifer Cowles
http://stitchcutcreate.blogspot.com/

Janette Marie said...

Seen this quilt make by a first time quilter and it looks wonderful.
Easy to make and stunning to see.

Abby said...

I am currently making two of these darling quilts for friends. One question, is the yardage given for the binding for a 1/4" finished binding?

Also just wanted to let people know that they should MAKE sure the circle they print is 8 inches. I did not, and didn't realize until after I had cut all my petals and everything. Luckily, I was able to figure out my petals would fit a 7 1/2" circle and the space between the circles needed to be 2 3/8".
Thanks!

Lindsey R. :: LRstitched said...

Hey Abby, the binding yardage is for 1/4" binding!

And yes, you must make sure the 1" test square is accurate when you print your template so that the petal and circle are the correct size.

Happy Quilting!
Lindsey

Granny Helon's Clothing and Fabrics said...

I cannot open the file today, is there an issue with the printer friendly link?

Thanks!

kelli townley said...
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kelli t said...

i also cannot view the printer-friendly version. Has it been removed? Thanks!

Lindsey R. :: LRstitched said...

I'm not sure what's going on with the printer link, I'm so sorry it's acting up!

Here is the direct link to the PDF, I hope this works for you!

http://www.unitednotions.com/MBS-mod-circles-appliqued-baby-quilt.pdf

Lindsey

Amber said...

I had a hard time opening it too, so I just right clicked the printer friendly link and then save target as, it worked!

Dawn said...

Love your quilt. Thanks so much for the tutorial too, very clear and easy to follow - have just completed double size version made as an anniversary present. The new owners of the quilt love it too - thanks so much for sharing x