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Tetris Baby Quilt Pattern

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Patterns, Quilting

fat quarter baby quilt

Quilt before backing and binding. You can see the purple backing fabric I used.

Finished size: 49″x55″ This is a good size for a blanket for a baby to play on and works well for a toddler bed.


  • .25 yards of 6 colors
  • .5 yard white (includes .25 yard for the border)
  • 2/3 yard Border 2
  • 1/3 yard Binding
  • 1 2/3 yard 60″ wide Backing
  • Batting – if you buy pre-cut pieces, you need twin size


  • Cut each of the six .25 yard pieces of fabric in 1.5″ strips. You should have enough fabric for 6 strips per color (36 total).
  • Of each color, cut 2 strips into 1.5″ squares. 26 squares per strip.
  • Cut the remaining four strips of each color into 3.5″ x 1.5″ pieces. You should get 11-12 per strip.
  • From the white fabric, cut six 1.5″ strips. Cut them down to 1.5″ squares. You should have 144 total.



  • For all the colored 1.5″ squares, sew them on either side of a white square, like the pic below.


first piece

Piece after sewing colored squares to the white.

  • Press toward the colored square. You now have a 3.5″ x 1.5″ rectangle.
  • Sew the 3.5″ x 1.5″ piece you cut in the matching color to the top and bottom.
  • Press toward the outside.
  • You now have 3.5″ squares, like this one.
finished quilt block

Layout of the blocks

  • Now comes the fun part! Layout the blocks in different ways until you find the one that you like. Here’s are some of the alternatives I played with.
easy baby quilt

Tetris layout I used. Make plus signs using five squares, being sure not to have same colored crosses touching.

alternative layout

Psuedo flower option. Use 4 blocks of the same color in the middle, then put two blocks on each edge.


scrap quilt layout

This one lays out the blocks at random.

alternative layout

Block at center bordered by contrasting color.

rail quilt

Variation of a fence rail block. I did warm colors going one direction and cool colors going the other.


quilt layout

Similar to the fence rail, but all blocks pointing the same direction

  • Once you have the layout you like, sew the blocks together into rows.
  • Press the seams.
  • Sew together the rows

Borders and Finishing

Depending upon the layout you decided to use above, you might need to make some corrections to the amount of fabric needed for borders, binding, and backing. My pieced center was 12 x 14 blocks (37″ x 43″). Borders are routine, so I’m going to slack on my explanations. Let me know if I need to explain more.

  • First border: 1.5″ finished width. You need four 2″ strips of white.
  • Second border: 5″ finished width. You need five 5.5″ strips (2/3 of a yard)
  • Binding:Six 2.5″ inch strips.
Tetris Baby Quilt Pattern, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
April 6th, 2008
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15 Responses to “Tetris Baby Quilt Pattern”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Love your Tetris Baby Quilt.
    It inspires me to try to make one crocheting;
    although I do love your fabric quilt.


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  2. Shana Says:

    I bet it would look great crocheted. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to see it.

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  3. Anonymous Says:

    Looks easy and great for a last minute Baby shower gift!

    Couldn’t you just sandwich 2 colored strips with 1 white strip and then cut them into 1.5 inch pieces?

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  4. Charmyn Fourie Says:

    Nice and Colourfull!

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  5. Shana Says:

    “Couldn’t you just sandwich 2 colored strips with 1 white strip and then cut them into 1.5 inch pieces?”

    Yep, sure could. I wrote this before I realized that :)

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  6. carol Says:

    i only make baby quilts.. and this is a winner! i now have a little boy’s quilt! thank you so much! you are so creative!

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  7. Radha Says:

    Thanks for sharing such a colourful quilt pagttern. Waiting to do a bigger size!


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  8. Debora Says:

    I love this pattern looks good to me . Can also be used for both sexes

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  9. sandra britton Says:

    love it, I will make this right away thank u very much

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  10. Barbara Says:

    This is GREAT! Thanks

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  11. faye peddle Says:

    wow this is great love the pattern , is it very hard to find ,,would love to have it ,,

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  12. Debbie Patach Says:

    do you have the patteren to make this into a Queen size, my son who is in the coast guard would love this. thank you

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  13. Shana Says:

    I don’t, but I did write up a tutorial on how to resize a quilt pattern. Shouldn’t be too tough on this one

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  14. Pat Wheeler Says:

    Inspiring!! Tetris has been my favorite game since the ’70s.

    Thanks for a cool challenge in quilting.
    Pat, teacher, mother, grandma

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  15. Cindy Hamilton Says:

    I also love this pattern! Love the variety of layouts possible.

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