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Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Pattern

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Patterns, Quilting

I’ve been working on this quilt off and on for months. I fought the urge to completely scrap it and start over a couple times, and I’m glad I did. Below is how I made it. It’s more of guidelines rather than a pattern, so feel free to ask if you have questions.

Lots of color

Finished size

44.5″ x 52″ – I tend to make baby quilts larger than crib size, since the babies are only crib size for less than two years. I like to give them things they’ll be staining for years.

Supplies

Piecing

  • Six fat quarters – I used batiks in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet
  • 1 yard sashing fabric (white). You might want to get a little extra, to be safe.
  • 1/3rd yard border fabric (red)
  • Thread and other common quilting notions

Finishing

  • 1/2 yard  – Binding – I used the same fabric as the backing.
  • 1.5 yards 56″ fabric – Backing – I used a solid red.
  • 48″ x 56″ Batting

Cutting

Cut each of the fat quarts into strips that vary between 1″ and 2.5″ at their thickest and thinnest.

Vary how dramatically the strips taper to add variety.

Divide each color into thirds. Sew the strips back together, alternating one third with the color prior in the spectrum, one third with the color after, and one third with itself. Continue to sew them together, pressing the seams open, until you have one long strip of fabric.

Final length varies based upon how thick you cut the strips, but should be approximately 64″ x 20″

  • Cut this reconstructed piece of fabric into 5″ strips, cutting the same directions as the seams.
  • Cut each of those strips into pieces that are 2.5″x5″
  • From those, select 22 and cut them in half to make 44 2.5″ squares – C1
  • You will need 60 5″ x 2.5″ blocks. You should have extras. – C2

From the sashing fabric, cut

  • 40 – 1.5″ x 2.5″ – S1
  • 55 – 1.5″ x 5″ – S2
  • 8 – 1.75″ x 2.5″ – S3
  • 10 – 2″ x 35.5″ – S4
  • 2 – 2″ x 46″ (if you use standard 42″ width fabric, you’ll need to piece these) – S5

From border fabric, cut

  • 2 – 3.5″ x 38.5″
  • 2 – 3.5″ x 40.5″
  • 2 – 3.5″ x 12.5″

Piecing

Finishing

Create 4 short rows and 5 tall rows, pressing the seams.

Short row (SR):

S3 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S1 – C1 – S3

Long row (LR):

C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2 – S2 – C2

 

Alternate color rows and sashing as follows. Press seams.

  • S4
  • LR
  • S4
  • SR
  • S4
  • LR
  • S4
  • SR
  • S4
  • LR
  • S4
  • SR
  • S4
  • LR
  • S4
  • SR
  • S4
  • LR
  • S4

Sew the S5 pieces to the side.

Back and front of the quilt.

Sew short border to the top and bottom. Press seams. Sew remaining border pieces to the left and right. Press seams.

Quilt and bind.

Finished.

Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Pattern, 4.0 out of 5 based on 7 ratings
January 9th, 2010
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23 Responses to “Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Pattern”

  1. Sewing Sandy Says:

    It’s a wonky coin quilt! I love the bright colors for babies! Give ‘em the brights and the contrast, something to focus on! Thanks for the great quilt! I’m glad you didn’t scrap it! Great size idea too, keep in that quilt you sewed love into for as long as you can! Thanks so much for taking the time to share.

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  2. shana Says:

    I’d never heard the term ‘wonky coin’! Google pulled up some really great looking quilts, so thanks for that. Thanks for all the blush-inducing compliments!

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  3. thosedarnpickles Says:

    OMG I love it and must try it soon!

    PS found this site thru ravelry and love it so far! Great job!

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  4. Sandy Says:

    I am not sure how I found your site, but, I am really glad I did.  I love your quilts and your designs, they are amazing. You have such a great eye for color and placement. Thanks so much for sharing your talent of quilting and designing. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

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  5. Linda Says:

    I love this.  I have never done quilting before but love a challenge and plan to attempt this.  It is so beautiful and I have a grandson on the way.  Thank you so very much.

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  6. Tora Says:

    Hi – I love yoru FQ Rainbow Baby Quilt – it´s so bright and beautiful and easy, thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Judith Says:

    A lovely quilt. Does not look ez but I may give it a try. The instructions seem a bit complicated to a new quilter which I am. Thank you for sharing the o

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  8. Patrice Says:

    Wow!! I think this quilt is truly beautiful. So vibrant and eye-catching. Great job and so glad you didn’t “start over!”

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  9. Sybil Says:

    I absolutely love the colors! This quilt looked so cute that I am making an attempt to create it. I’m a primary teacher and my classroom is freezing. This quilt is the perfect size to lay over my lap while I work. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Shana Says:

    Someone sent in a form submit, but their email address didn’t come through, so I’m attempting to answer their question here -

    Jan,

    You cut 5″ strips going the same direction as the seams (the shorter way across the fabric). Each of those is then cut perpendicular to the seams down in 2.5″ increments. So you end up with pieces that are 5″ tall and 2.5″ wide with the seams going horizontal across them.

    Hope that helps!

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  11. Lynn Jones Says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous I really want to try it. Just one question: you say press seams open, I understood -in quilting – that the seams should be pressed in one direction rather than open.?? Could you please clarify for me.

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  12. Shana Says:

    I find it easier to align seams when they are pressed open, but do whatever you prefer. Pressing to the side makes for stronger seams.

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  13. Lynn Jones Says:

    Thanks for replying Shana. Now, another question. Do you have any patterns for baby blocks? I have quite a lot of blocks that I have stitched by hand and now I am not sure what to do with them.

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  14. Shana Says:

    I don’t have a pattern. I’d just put sashing between them to make the top

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  15. Sue Says:

    Your blocks look like a pretty uniform size, but you say to cut the strips wide at one end to narrow at the other. I can’t seem to see where the odd shapes happen when you cut it. Am I missing a step?

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  16. Shana Says:

    You cut the fat quarters into irregular strips and then re-sew them into one large piece of fabric – http://needyl.com/sites/default/files/img_thumbnails/143_373.jpeg

    You then cut that newly constructed piece of fabric into uniform pieces. Does that make sense?

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  17. Jaime Says:

    Hi! I love this quilt and just bought the materials to make it as my first quilt ever!

    I was wondering for the first step when you cut the fat quarters into strips do you cut making them 21 inches long or 18 inches long? Thanks sooo much for sharing!

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  18. Shana Says:

    either way is fine. I think I did 18″

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  19. jaime Says:

    Thanks! I’m gonna start today… And I’m sure there will be more questions to come! :)

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  20. jaime Says:

    Sooo I am a brand new quilter so maybe this is obvious but what is my seam allowance for piecing the quilt? Also, do you have any recommendations for what color thread to use for piecing the quilt? Thanks so much again!! :)

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  21. Shana Says:

    The seam allowance is a quarter of an inch – it’s the standard quilting seam allowance. When you sew clothes, it’s typically 5/8ths.

    Piecing thread shouldn’t show much (though it might peak through), so I typically use white or whatever I have the most of that doesn’t contrast too much with the fabrics I’m using.

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  22. Denise Ducroix Says:

    Looks beautiful. Do you wash all the pieces before you sew ? I’ve made a couple of quilts and haven’t prewashed my fabric. I’m pretty lazy ! They were all gifts and no one has complained but I have a feeling after the first wash they were not nice.
    Thank you

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  23. Shana Says:

    You want to wash the fabric before cutting it. The fabric will shrink and you want to wash off the manufacturing chemicals.

    If you make a quilt with unwashed fabric and then wash it, it won’t ruin it, but it does create a different effect than what you might have been going for. Due to shrinking, it can seem more crinkly. I like this look in some cases, but definitely recommend washing unless you are going for this specific look.

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