Cathedral Window Baby Playmat


Hi!  I'm Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock and I'm so excited to share a recipe with you today!

If you're like me, you're probably always on the lookout for cute, memorable baby shower gift ideas (I feel like I get an invite to one every time I check the mail!).  Perhaps you'd like to gift something a little more "wow" than the usual onesies and burp cloths?  Look no further!  This darling cathedral window baby playmat is like no other. It is constructed using a unique method that requires no basting, no traditional quilting, and no binding. Plus, it's nice and thick- super cooshie for that sweet little tooshie!


-1 Layer Cake (40 10" squares to be exact- you'll have 2 leftover to use for something else)
-Crib Size Batting (at least 40" X 50")
-Cardboard backing from your layer cake package (or a cereal box) for templates


Rotary Circle Cutter- this affordable little tool is worth it's weight in gold!  Pick one up here, or you can just use an 18 or 28mm traditional rotary cutter to get the job done instead (the smaller, the better).



1.  Fold your layer cake square in fourths, and press the folded corner.


2. Open it up and mark the center point with a water-soluble fabric pen.


3. To prepare the fabric for easier circle-cutting, give your square a healthy shot of Faultless Heavy Starch and press.  I find that the stiffer the fabric is, the less it wants to wrinkle up and get funky when you cut.  Now mark and press all 40 of your squares.


4. Time to cut!  If you have an Olfa circle cutter, you know why I'm sounding a bit excited right now.  This little baby is a wonder- sliced my cutting time in half and gave me near perfect accuracy.  Shockingly, they are priced the same or cheaper than a standard rotary cutter. I think it is worth every penny.  BUT, if you can't get one, your smaller blade standard rotary cutter will work too!  


Circle Cutters- position the sharp point on the center mark of your square, and loosen the screw to adjust the distance of the blade- aim for close to 1/4" from the edge if possible, but it honestly doesn't matter what your exact diameter is- as long as you maintain the exact same distance for all of your cutting.  

**Note: these circle cutters are fantastic, but if you haven't used one before, I suggest practicing on some scrap fabric to give you a feel for it before you start cutting your Layer Cake.  I found that quick, overlapping back and forth motions, rather than a single fluid pass, resulted in less fabric movement.

Standard Rotary Cutters: you will need to create a circle template.  Find a bowl that's the right size (about 9.5" in diameter), trace around it on the cardboard from the back of your Layer Cake, and cut it out with scissors.



5. Batting!  Cut 20 circles the exact same way you did with your fabric.


6.  Sort your fabric into 20 contrasting pairs (ie- dark with a light, large print with a small print, etc). 

Now layout your pairs and decide on 1 circle per pair that will be on top (ie- in the center of your cathedral windows)- mark an X on the wrong of that circle with a water-soluble marker.  

7. Layer a pair of fabric circles, right sides together, on top of a batting circle.  Make sure that the circle with the marked X is on top.


8. Pin around the edge.


9. Using your walking foot, stitch 1/4" seam around the entire edge, being sure to back-tack at the end of the seam.


10.  Now set down your stitched circle, X marked side facing up, and mark a 2" line, centered, 1" in from your seam.  



11.  Pick up your circle and carefully pull the 2 layers of fabric apart, pinching the line you just drew in half between your fingers.  Double check to make certain you are only pinching 1 layer of fabric.  Cut along the line.



12.  Using the small hold you just cut, turn circles right side out.  (This step goes much faster if you can coerce your husband into doing it while he's watching football!)

13.  Press, poking the edges out as necessary to give a nice smooth curve.


13.  Now, take your cardboard (if you used it to make the circle template, you can either cut into it again, or get another piece), then mark and cut a square that just barely touches the edges of the circle at the corners.  Mine was 5.5", but I advise you to wait to cut until you measure, as your circle size could vary slightly from mine.  Again, this is ok- what's most important is that they are all the same, and your square template fits your circles perfectly.


14.  Go ahead and layout your circles in 5 rows of 4, to get an idea of which prints you want on top.  Be sure to peak under the edges to make sure you like the layout of the underside colors as well.  Also, make sure that all of the little slits you cut are facing up, and are positioned outside of this square (not on the corner).  This way they'll be totally hidden when you stitch the flaps down!

15.  With your water-soluble fabric pen, mark around the square on  the top side of all 20 circles.

  
16.  To begin piecing the first row, take 2 circles, right (or "top") sides out, match up 2 corners of the marked squares, pin, and stitch along the line, back-taking at the beginning and end of the seam.  Hopefully a child doesn't tug on your leg just as you're finishing, so you're able to keep it reasonably on the line (unlike me!).  


17.  Open and behold the wonder!  Things are starting to take shape!  Continue pinning and stitching these seams, until you have all 5 rows of 4 constructed.


18.  Now take 2 rows, right sides out, match up the seams and pin, just as you have been doing, only this time you'll sew one continuous seam along the entire row.


19.  Stitch along the line, taking care that the flaps on top and beneath are open and flat.  Move continuously from one circle to the next, back-tacking only at the beginning and end of the row.


**Take care not to sew over the folded flaps, but just below them.  This is crucial, even if you have to stray from your marked line a tad to stay below the folds, as it could hinder your mat from lying flat.


20.  Once you've finished sewing all of the rows together, press all of the flaps down.  It's ok if you have a bit of extra fabric in the middle of the circles (wrinkles)- you can easily tuck it beneath the petals when you stitch them down.


21.  Now, with your walking foot still on, stitch the petals down an 1/8" from the edge.  The quickest way to do this is to stitch them by rows, staying on the same side of the petals all the way down the row, then turning and coming back the other way on the opposite side of the petals (rather than sewing around each petal individually).  

Finish it off by top stitching am 1/8" seam around the entire outside edge of the mat.




And there you have it!  Your mat is good to go- no additional quilting or binding needed!  Now run it through the wash and give it one last steamy press, before gifting it a lucky mom-to-be and wowing everyone at the shower with your mad skills!!!


1 dreamy Cathedral Window Baby Playmat- 24" X 29"




Thanks so much for taking a peak at my Bake Shop recipe!  I'm so glad to be here!  If you have any questions about this project, feel free to hop on over to my blog and give me a holler.  If you make this project, email me a pic- I'd looooove to see it!

Cheers!

Amy Gibson
{Stitchery Dickory Dock}

97 comments:

creative and simple said...

woooow fantastic tutorial,very oryginal and those colors great

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Marianne said...

What a fab idea (and amazing method)!! You are a genius, Amy. ;-) I love the way this comes together so smoothly, and am pulling out my stacks of charm packs to try this - on a smaller scale.

Longvacation said...

Wow, this is awesome! It looks great and it's something I actually think I can manage. I'm so excited to give this a try, thanks for posting. :)

kelly said...

i love this method! i used it in this quilt:

http://katherinegibson.blogspot.com/2011/10/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2011.html

there's something scary about cutting the fabric before you turn the circles, am i right?

Starwood Quilter said...

I saw Amy's beautiful baby playmat at our Modern Quilt Guild meeting, and it's gorgeous. It looks like it would involve difficult construction, but her method is so much easier. Such a creative way of putting it together! A longer, skinnier version would make a cute tablerunner.

Kelsey said...

so adorable!!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous!!

CountryBelle said...

That is the neatest thing I've seen in awhile... I'm in awe!

tara said...

Amy, great project. I am thinking of other great uses for this awesome piecing style too.

mariaerba said...

beautiful project ;)
ciao maria

Mel said...

LOVE it Amy!!

Melissa said...

What a wonderful recipe! Congrats, Amy, on being the chef du jour. Your playmat is AHdorable!!

Elsa said...

This is wonderful. I've got to make one for me. thanks for the tutorial.

Andrea Hildebrandt said...

This is a beautiful project! Definitely going into my 'to do' folder! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing:)

AnnieK said...

I am SO inspired to try this! No babies to sew for at present, but maybe it would work well for a set of placemats?

Елена said...

It is a great idea! Thank you very-very mach!

O Gato da Maria said...

I never did pachtwork but seeing these pictures makes me want to try.

Ruby Blue Quilting Studio said...

I love it!!! I too have a friend that's expecting about every other second it seems, so this would make a great gift! Thanks a bunch!!!

grannyanne said...

This is a great Idea! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Dawn W said...

I love this! Question: how does that hole you cut get stitched up in the end? I want to try this, but that hole in the fabric seems so scarey. :)
iliketoquilt at hotmail dot com

AnneMarie said...

Wow - very creative Amy! Great job!

VickiT said...

This is just awesome. I love it!! Great job! Thank you.

The Tulip Patch said...

very cool- creative way to pull off that look .

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

gorgeous! and I just bought some Ruby fabric, so let's see.

Maria said...

I can't wait to do this in flannel! LOVE LOVE this idea.

Rebecca said...

This is fabulous! Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

Cindy said...

Amy.......awesome tutorial. I'm so happy for you. I'm going to try it out. Congrats on becoming a CHEF at Moda.

Jo Turner said...

I think I love you!

Nicole said...

super cute, This definitely on my list of keepers!

Shawn said...

Very creative and pretty. thanks for sharing!!

patty said...

Love your creativity and ability to
make something so adorable so
simple!

Jennifer O. said...

Very Cute and a very cute tutorial

Quiltjane said...

Love it! I would make a whole quilt with that technique.

Robin said...

This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing the technique. I can envision a fabulous quilt from it. :)

Lynette said...

Awesome!! off to check out your blog..

bethanndodd said...

A~DORABLE!!! Makes me wish I had a little girl to make it for...thanks for sharing! Smiles~Beth

Heidi @ Boys, Buttons, and Butterflies said...

I ADORE this. I am a huge fan of cathedral windows, but this one takes the cake! And your tutorial is awesome!

Maryjean said...

I love this, great tutorial! I didn't know how to make a "Cathedral Window" and now I'll be making a baby quilt.

Quilting Under The Influence said...

WOW! It almost makes me want to have another baby! Almost... Ha! It is lovely, I will try this pattern with some holiday fabric!

Cheers! Linda at Quilting Under The Influence

www.quti.org
Twitter@quiltingunder

Emma said...

WOW! It's gorgeous. You've made it look so easy. Thank you so much for you tutorial.

Ute Scherer said...

Ever so clever and totally gorgeous! My collection of unused layer cakes will finally be used!

Jenn said...

Love it. Looks easy. This is moving to the top of my list of things to make... maybe I will just have to buy some new fabric.

amy smart said...

Amy! This is so clever AND adorable!! You are such a smart girl! I have to make one now. I love it. Glad to say I know you - you're famous! :)

angie said...

Love this and your quips! Can't wait to try it.

GigiQuilts said...

Way to go Quilt Guild Girlfriend!! This play mat is so cute!! I had the privilege of seeing it at guild! Great job on your tutorial!!

IHeartQuilting said...

I don't think I've seen this technique before, and I love it! I can't wait to try it, perhaps on a Christmas project as a gift. Thanks!

Kimberly said...

I love this! What a great tutorial for an easy CW quilt. Very unique. Thanks for sharing!!

Prairie Cricket said...

Back in the early 90's I took a class from Charlie Bement and she taught this technique. She has a web site with patterns rulers & DvD's..you can find her at

http://quiltingwithcharlie.com/

SDQUILTER1760 said...

i also love this....you make it look so easy. i saw a comment farther up which i also have. it is regarding the hole you cut in the back fabric. what happened to it? how did you close it up? mbljohnson@nvc.net

Mary said...

Nice job! I have no babies in my future but that would work great for a table runner. I think I might try it for that.

I was wondering about using a decorative stitch to sew the petals down. What does anyone else think?

Phoebe said...

I am floored! This is nifty!

Sorry I am so new to this. What do you do with the opening at the back? Anyone?

Amy Gibson said...

Hi Guys! A couple people have asked for a visual of where the hole is hidden (my bad!), so I've posted a recipe follow-up with a few more photos to help clarify if you're confused. XO

http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/2011/11/bake-shop-follow-up.html

Quilting In The Rain said...

wow! never thought of doing it that way!

Quilting In The Rain said...

Hi Amy - I can't get over how cute your tutorial is! I shared it on my blog (www.quiltingintherain.blogspot.com), hope you don't mind :) Thanks for the great tut!

-jera

Vicki ♥ said...

That is just so clever and I love it :) I am definately going to try it :) Thanks so much. Hugs Vicki x

Natasha said...

Wonderful and looks so easy.

Jennifer said...

wow! what a great tuturial, and i'll definitely be doing this one in the near future! thanks so much!

Mom Peterson said...

I've made it the old fashioned way, by hand and wow I'm anxious to try this method. Thanks for being so smart as to come up with this.

cderby said...

So adorable I'm adding it to my to do list. Thanks for the great instructions and photos!!

vive said...

it's a wonderfull tuto... Thank you !

Retalho de Lua said...

Lovely!
Adorei! vou fazer nas férias!

Utielanas y el Patchwork said...

muy buen tutorial desde España un fuerte abrazo Mª Luisa

berezka said...

Thank you!!

María Ángeles said...

Muchas gracias me ha encantado el tutorial, tengo que hacer un camino de mesa y me gusta para hacerlo.
Un saludo

HG's Blog said...

This is so pretty.. I am very new to quilting...but I am off tomorrow to buy my first layer cake. Many thanks Helen

Eni said...

felicidades,magnifico blog,me encanta la idea de la alfombra,voy hacerme segidora de tu blog,feciz Año,
gracias por compartir

Dennis and Pam said...

great tutorial...I am anxious to get started as we have a new baby due in our house soon!

Pura said...

Fantastico tutorial, gracias por compartirlo.http://rincondesastre-pura.blogspot.com/

kylaparker said...

Thank you so much for Sharing this!!! Already started doing a quilt like this - only a little bigger. Always knew there was an easier Way doing this!!!

kylaparker said...

I blog about my progress here: http://wildesdurcheinander.blogspot.com/2012/02/news.html

traceyjay said...

How did I miss this when it was posted?!> Adorable. :)

Ana - Barcelona (España) said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.
I linked you in my blog today.:D
http://licenciaparacoser.blogspot.com

Ana

beginnerquiltingnan said...

This looked so complicated, I was afraid to try. Then I went thru the tutorial you have and it all clicked. Ordering my layer cake now!!

-amy said...

Loved this project! I used a towel instead of batting for the insides and amusing it as a bath mt. L
Check out my blog for pics. www.myquiltjournal.blogspot.com

Thanks you Amy!

Adriana said...

Hola , soy uruguaya y estoy incursionando en el quilt.
Te felicito por este tutorial !!!!! esta clarisimo!!!! me has hecho ver lo simple de esta técnica!!.
Gracias por compartir !!!!
Adriana

elhoward01 said...

Which layer cake did you use? It's lovely fabric!

MSBABY said...

I think starting with a small project like this mat is a great idea for busy moms. I pinned the addy on my baby crib quilt sewing board so more people would find the pattern and instructions.

If you would rather I didn't, just contact me using the email address posted on the footer of my website and I'll be happy to remove it.

Jan
Unique Baby Nursery Ideas

jordistar said...

Wonderfully discriptive with such detail in every instruction. I am very new to quilting and look so forward to making your design.

Thank you so much!

Jordana

ansleighantione said...

I really like this Baby Playmat. Its really very cute and also colorful. I really like this Baby Playmat.
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handmadebyclairebear.com said...

I love Amy's playmat idea and included it in my blog, here (http://handmadebyclairebear.com/2012/06/19/for-me-one-bathmat/.
Regards,
ClaireBear

Brad said...

i tried making this and struggled to make the corners lay flat. They all poke up. I've tired restitching a couple of times and i'm still coming up with this problem. What am i doing wrong and is there a trick to it that i'm just missing?

Caroline said...

I'm going to feature this on www.sewcanshe.com, linking back to you for the tutorial. Thanks so much!

sansuey said...

Wow..beautiful creation and well-done tutorial! Thank you to Sewcanshe for sharing this too!

ShirleyC said...

I like this so much, but like several others, I was wondering about the slit you cut to turn it inside out. I'm thinking you cut it where it will be hidden after the curves are turned down?

Koketso said...

Hi Amy,

This is adorable and I just started my own. As others have pointed out, you didn't demonstrate in this tutorial how to hide the cuts, so I zoomed in on your photos to get a better look. It appears that you didn't cut your fabric at all, but rather, you just didn't sew the entire way around each circle. So this is the method I used. I sewed each circle 1/4" from the edge but left an inch or two opening to turn it right side out. Then, when ironing, I ironed the opening as if it was sewn shut. This works well because you end up "quilting" around all circle edges as the last step to hold down the flaps. Thanks for the tutorial.

Unknown said...

I am a (very) beginner quilter and this project was my first attempt at quilting ANYTHING! It has been an adventure, but it turned out beautifully! Thank you for the detailed instructions and follow-up blog posts about hiding seams!

Thank you very much!!

Christy Miller said...

I loved this project! See my finished playmats and read some additional tips for making this project at my blog: http://prairiesown.blogspot.ca/2012/09/coming-up-rosies.html

Tracy Johnson said...

Enjoyed making this baby play mat, went together easily. I made this and another Amy Gibson inspired baby quilt for my Aunt to give as shower gifts. The baby quilt is done by a block we did early in the Craftsy BOM. Keep up the good work but take time to enjoy the new installment in your family.

Tracy Johnson said...

Oops, forgot the link.

http://myworldinastitch.blogspot.com/2012/10/great-weekend.html

Michelle said...

My friend Jen made one of these for my daughter using Cuzco by Kate Spain, it is absolutely stunning!

http://www.sowonderfulsomarvelous.com/2013/01/quilt.html

SGilley said...

I thought it interesting that I happened upon this almost a year after your blog entry...then I click post and see another/others are also doing the same...one thing I love about the wide world of www.land, even when we're busy we find terrific things (like this quilt and YOU) and remember the world IS still a good place, even after the sad school incident of recent days. Happy New Year and God's blessings sent to you and yours.

www.thegardengate1.blogspot.com

yvonne said...

gracias por compartir, me encanta...

Allie said...

http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/bake-shop-follow-up/ her original link didn't work for me, but here it is again for the questions about the cut hole, this all makes so much more sense now. It doesnt matter that the hole isnt finished, because you sew around the whole thing anyways. I think my cat would love one of these, ha no babies in the near future.

katherin Holden said...

This design has already been done by "Charlie" She calls it "Less Than Traditional" She has been doing it for 30 years now. I read the step by step directions you posted and all you have done is changed a few steps and wording and frankly I think her way is better because you don't cut the circle until after you sew it. Much easier plus your centers line up easier as well. You should see her product. She even has a demo video on her web page. It's on the main screen at the bottom. Quiltershaven.net

DesertKat said...

WOW! I don't know how I missed this, but your tutorial is wonderful. The playmat is beautiful. I can't wait to try it. :) Thanks so much, Kathy

Anuska said...

woowwwww fantasticcccc!!!!