How to make a Baby Quilt using a Layer Cake and a Charm Pack.

To make the Baby Quilt you will need the following:

  • Layer Cake or Fat Quarters with 6 Patterns
  • If you use a Layer Cake … you want one that has two of each pattern
  • 1 Charm Pack (solid color that coordinates) I’ll be using White
  • Backing Fabric – 2-1/2 yards
  • Binding Fabric – 1/3 yard
  • Matching Thread
  • I will have my quilt finished by my longarm quilter and she provides the batting.
  • Basic Sewing supplies (scissors, sewing machine, etc)

The Fabric I’m using is Dream and a Wish Sandra Workman Designs by Riley Blake and I’ve placed them from dark to light …. for the ombre effect.


Here’s some more info about the Baby Quilt

  • Measures 40 x 40
  • Total 81 Blocks
  • Blocks measure 5 x 5
  • Quilt is:  9 Blocks Across and 9 Blocks Down

I’ve already made this quilt using Pink …. and I’ll be using Blue for the Quilt Along.

How to Make a Baby Quilt Video 

  • If you’re using Fat Quarters to make your quilt, press the Fat Quarters you will be using.
  • Cut your fabric. You need 41 squares that measure 5 x 5 using Fat Quarters or a Layer Cake.
  • You need 40 solid squares that measure 5 x 5.

 

  • Place all the blocks on  your Design Wall and if you’re going for the Ombre look be sure to place the darker fabrics at the top.
  •  Label the first block on each row 1 – 9 and label every other row with the word “UP” to remind you to press the seams up on those rows and down on the ones not labeled “up”.
  • Start with Row 1 and make sure the grain of fabric is in the same direction on each square (repeat on all the rows).
  •  Sew the blocks together, place block 2 to block one right sides facing each other and sew with a 1/4″ seam.  Repeat on all blocks.  In the video I pinned in the entire first row … but I do not pin them normally (if you are beginner … pin them!).
  • Press your seams  …. next you need to label your rows with the direction you want to press your seams.  I used a piece of fabric with the word “UP” on the rows I want to press up.   Press down on the rows not labeled.
  • Once you’ve pressed the seams it’s time to sew again.  Place row 2 to row 1 (right sides together) pin and then sew it at a 1/4 inch seam down the right side.  Repeat with rows 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8 and then add row 9 to row 8.
  • Press your seams after you sew each pair of rows.
  • After you’ve sewn those pairs together it’s time to sew all the rows together.  Just remember to pin and press and it will help your seams line up perfectly.
  •  Press and starch your quilt, trim threads and measure it to determine your backing and binding fabric.  
  • Click here to watch my video on how to measure a quilt for the longarm quilter.

 

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