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Modern Zig Zag Baby Quilt

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Patterns, Quilting

Once the wheels touched down from our honeymoon, it apparently made it officially okay to ask when kids will come. Not for a long time, people. Until we decide that sleep is for the weak and disposable income is for the shallow, other people’s kids will do just fine.

baby quilt

I made a quilt. The pattern is below.

A lot of living can be done vicariously. I highly recommend it as a time management technique. Scratch the baby itch by snuggling with a nephew or listening to the sleepless horror stories of a new mom. Travel with no threat of food poisoning by flipping through your high school nemesis’ Facebook pics. Enjoy an amazing career with none of the late hours by watching any of the  new entrepreneur reality shows.

Vicarious living is all upside without all that pesky hard work and failure.

So, here’s a new quilt to welcome a new little one to one of the cutest families I know. May he bring joy and delight to your lives, and to the lives of all those living vicariously through you. And, uh, please don’t hold it against me that I posted this on the internet before giving it to you. I have no patience.


Zig Zags for Baby


1.25 yards white 44″ quilting fabric

.5 yards of each of four different solid or semi-solid 44″ quilting fabric. I used Thomas Knauer’s  Twirl in Red, Gold, Green and Blue from the Frippery collection

1 5/8 yards 44″ backing fabric

3/8 yards binding fabric

Sewing thread and other notions

Finished size: 40″ x 55″

Making the Main Blocks

Block A

From each of the colored fabrics:

  • Cut two strips that are 5″ x the length of the fabric
  • Cut each strip down to twelve 3.5″ x 5″ rectangles

Block B

  • From the white fabric, cut sixteen strips that are 2″ by the length of fabric
  • From each of the colored fabrics, cut two strips that are 2″ by the length of fabric
  • Sew each colored strip to a white strip
  • Press seams toward the colored fabric

They’ll look like this.

  • Cut each created strip down in 3.5″ pieces, creating blocks that are 3″ x 3.5″
  • Cut the remaining 2″ white strips down to 2″ x 3.5″ pieces
  • Sew 2″ x 3.5″ white piece to the top of the 3″ x 3.5″ white and colored pieces, making sure the colored portion is on the bottom left
  • Press seams

Finished block B

Sew block A to the matching color block B, so that the colored portions are touching.

You’ll need 22 of each of the four colors

Lay out Top

Lay out the blocks to create the zig zag pattern. Starting at the top left of the quilt, create a column of six blocks. Keep an eye toward making sure you use each color before repeating. If you want to have the color ordered differently, it will likely alter the number of blocks needed of each color.

Lay out the second column while keeping the colors in order and lining up the white zig zags. There will be gaps at the top and bottom of every second and third column.

Before filling in the gaps

Go back through and fill in the gaps with the remaining blocks. You will trim off the excess, so this is a good place to use mistakes, or only partially completed blocks.

Sew the blocks into the strips. Press the seams very well.

Pin the strips so that the white zig zags line up, with the bottom of the horizontal white strip aligning with the bottom of the vertical white strip to its left. This can be a bit tricky, so double check that it looks right before sewing.

Press all seams very well.

Trim the top and bottom of the quilt, so you have a straight edge.

This is how I quilted it. My punk machine fought every stitch.

Back, quilt and bind your piece.

I bought way more fabric than I needed, so I pieced the back. It looks like this. You should do something cooler.

December 15th, 2012
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One Response to “Modern Zig Zag Baby Quilt”

  1. Turi Ruppert Says:

    Love this baby quilt have two new grandsons who need this will use same colors on at least one of them…thank u for pattern mighty nice of u….liked wedding pix congratulations…want to buy monster booties pattern soon,

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