Hey y’all! This is my first tutorial with Moda Bake Shop, so if you don’t know me yet, I’m Kristan Kremer from Doodle Do Designs. Pleased to meet you!
I’m going to share a fun and fast baby quilt pattern with you today. One super-sized block in the center of the quilt makes for a quick but impressive gift for that new little bundle in your life. Here’s what you’ll need to make this sweet baby quilt.
1 charm pack (I used Story Book by Kate & Birdie Paper Co.) – Note: you only need 36 charms from the pack
1/3 yard fabric for the center star points (I used the tossed birds print from Story Book)
1/4 yard contrast border fabric (I used Bella Solids Sunshine)
7/8 yard background fabric (I used Bella Solids Bleached White)
1 1/4 yard backing fabric (I used the pirates and planes print from Story Book)
3/8 yard binding (I used the aqua stars print from Story Book)
1 package of crib sized batting
Disappearing ink pen
Use a 1/4 inch seam throughout
RST = Right Sides Together
WOF = Width of Fabric
HST = Half Square Triangles
- Pick out 4 charms from your charm pack for the center of the star.
- Pick out 32 charms from your charm pack for the outer borders, and set aside.
- Note: Put the rest of your charms back in your stash for another project, or use them to make a scrappy pieced back for this quilt.
- From your star points fabric, cut (2) 10″ squares.
- From your background fabric, cut:
- (1) 9″ x WOF, then subcut into (4) 9″ squares
- (1)10″ x WOF, then subcut into (2) 10″ squares
- (2) 2 3/4″ x 27 1/2″
- (2) 2 3/4″ x 32″
- From your contrast border fabric, cut:
- (2) 1 1/4″ x 26″
- (2) 1 1/4″ x 27 1/2″
Assembling the quilt top
- Sew the 4 charms you chose for your star center into a four patch, and trim to measure 9″ square. Set aside.
- Using your 10″ squares, place one background fabric and one star point fabric RST. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of one of the squares. Make two sets. Sew a 1/4″ away from the seam on each side of this line for both sets. Cut on the line to make four sets of HST blocks. Press the seams toward the darker fabric.
- Place two HST blocks RST. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of one of the squares. Sew a 1/4″ away from the seam on each side of this line. Cut on the line. Press the seams open. Trim to 9″ square. Repeat for the second set. You should now have four hourglass blocks.
- Using your four patch, four 9″ squares of background fabric, and four hourglass blocks, arrange in a nine patch as pictured.
- Sew the units making up each row together, press seams to alternating sides. Then sew the rows together, nesting your seams. Press seams open.
- Sew a 1 1/4″ x 26″ contrast border strip to each side of your large center star. Press seams toward the darker fabric. Sew a 1 1/4″ x 27 1/2″ contrast border strip to the top and bottom of your large center star. Press seams toward the darker fabric.
- Sew a 2 3/4″ x 27 1/2″ background border strip to each side of your large center star. Press seams toward the darker fabric. Sew a 2 3/4″ x 31 1/2″ background border strip to the top and bottom of your large center star. Press seams toward the darker fabric.
- Using the 32 charms you set aside earlier, sew together in 2 rows each of 7 charms and 2 rows each of 9 charms. Press seams to one side.
- Sew a 7 charm unit to each side of the quilt. Press seams toward the charm border. Sew a 9 charm unit to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press seams toward the charm border.
- Your quilt top is all finished! Now just give it a good press, make a quilt sandwich with your batting and backing, and then quilt and bind as desired. I prefer to use machine binding with baby quilts since they will be getting lots of love and washing.
One 41″ square baby quilt full of love and snuggles.