Simple Rainbow Baby Quilt Top Tutorial

Hey there!  I’ve been wanting to put this tutorial up for a while but I always seem to forget to write it up when I do have time and remember it when I don’t.  Surprising, right?  That’s life with three kids.  🙂

As with all my tutorials, you MAY use this to create a handmade item to sell if you have a home-based small scale shop.  I teach/share to empower women, not for more views on my blog.  I just ask that you give me credit in your product description.  Please tag me @aperseveringmom on instagram if you post a picture of something you make, I’d love to see!

The finished size is 40 ” x 48″, so it’s great for a crib or toddler bed.

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This pattern can be made with just 10 fat quarters (18 x 21″) and is a great first quilt.  You’ll even have a good stash of scraps left over!  I dropped this quilt off at the quilter’s before Christmas and told her to take her time since I’m not having a baby until late May.  I used to quilt my own quilts on my regular sewing machine but let me just say that I do not enjoy it one bit and will avoid it at all costs from now on.  There’s no sense in making something fun into something stressful.

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Here’s the materials list:

10 fat quarters (I used the 10 FQs from Alison Glass’ “Insignia” fabric line)

Scissors or rotary cutter

Ruler

Thread

Sewing Machine

Download the layout sheet HERE (optional).

Step 1:  Iron your fabric and cut.  You need to cut a total of twelve 4.5-inch squares from each fat quarter.  I went ahead and cut all my scraps into 4.5-inch squares as well and cut a 2.5″ strip from what was left after that.  

Step 2:  Lay out your squares in a way that looks good to you.  (Or use the guide).  You will be laying them out in a 10 squares wide by 12 squares long layout.

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Step 3:  Stack your rows from left to right.  Begin at the bottom left (orange square in my photo) and stack that one on top of the one to its right.  Take those two and stack them on top of the next one to the right, etc.  Once the whole bottom row has been stacked, write 12 on a piece of paper and pin it to the stack.  I pin through the entire stack of 10 so they stay together.  Repeat this for the rest of the rows, labeling the next one 11, the one after that 1o and so on.  You will have 12 stacks of 10.  If you don’t have kids or animals or a husband who will tromp through it, you could leave it on the floor but that’s not the case around here!  🙂

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Step 4:  Stack ’em up.  I stack mine every other one catty-cornered with Stack 1 on top and Stack 12 on bottom.  (I used paper someone had scribbled all over) haha.

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Step 5:  Sew your rows.  (Multiple pics below) Take your pin out of Stack 1 and pin the label (1) to the very top square only.  Lay the first square down (face up) on your table. Take the second square and lay it (face down) on top of the first square.  Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance on the right side.  Open them up, (facing right sides up) and lay the third square on top of the second square (face down).  Sew that with a 1/4″ seam as well.  Repeat this with the entire row, then press your seams.

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Step 5:  Sew your finished rows together.  I usually do this in pairs of two, so each time I finish two rows I sew them together.  Then I sew the sets of two together.  Lay Row 1 face up on your floor or table.  Lay Row 2 (also face up) below Row 1.  Fold Row 1 down onto Row 2 and pin along the top at each seam.  Don’t skip the pinning!  That’s the best way to make simple squares look stunning.  Aligned seams are always noticed 🙂 and misaligned seams are usually not noticed.  Haha.  So don’t worry when things get funky because quilting covers it all up anyway.

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Step 6:  Iron that seam open.  This will help reduce bulk at intersections.  You can see the back side in the first picture and the front in the second.

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Once you’ve done that for all rows, your quilt will be finished!  (Just got a call from the quilter that my quilt is finished and waiting for me, isn’t that a fun coincidence?!).  I don’t know what I was thinking not taking a picture of the finished top.

Quilt that baby yourself or take it somewhere and have it done for you.  I encourage you to find a local quilter but there’s no problem in sending it off to a trusted, reputable quilter if there’s no one nearby.  Just be careful!  In case you’re wondering, I chose a daisy quilting pattern in light pink to add a little flair to this simple pattern, and including Warm & Natural batting, the total was $20 exactly at my local quilter.  Totally worth it if you ask me!

I’m planning to add black and white striped binding to this quilt.  The backing is Newsprint 108″ wide cotton quilting fabric by Carrie Bloomston.

I’ll be back to add finished pictures once I make it out to pick it up!

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