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.