I love to give quilts to new babies. Now that I’m getting older (sigh!) there’s a lot of new babies around! Accordingly, I’ve had to find fast ways to produce these gifts.
Here’s a quilt top you can have assembled in an hour.
It’s as easy as this:
Choose 9 squares from a layer cake. I chose pink and yellow shades from ABC Menagerie by Abi Hall for Moda.
Cut 9 squares that are 10″ x 10″ of your contrasting fabric. I used a white fabric with a faint floral damask pattern to it.
Put one coloured square and one contrasting square together in a stack, right sides together. Do a 1/4″ seam all the way around the edge of the stacked squares. When that’s complete, go to your cutting table.
Use a ruler and rotary cutter to slice your sewn squares diagonally. You will get 4 half-square triangles from this process.
This is an idea I picked up from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They have a great video that shows you this method for making half-square triangles if my instructions aren’t clear. Check it out here.
Press them, with the seam to go to the dark side of the half-square triangle. Lay them out in the shape of a pinwheel. Pin and sew into a 4 patch block, or one pinwheel. Always use a 1/4″ seam.
When you’ve done this 9 times, you’ll have enough for the perfect size baby quilt. Next time I do it, I’ll take some more photos for instructions.
It’s worth mentioning that this method produces half-square triangles that are cut on the bias. That means they have a little stretch to them. Some people don’t like that – but I don’t think it matters on a pattern this simple. It also means the fabric has a little give in it, just in case you need to adjust your points a little to ensure your triangles have nice tips.
It works out to be around 48″ square.
Now all I have to do is baste, quilt and bind and I’ve got a present made for a friend of mine who is due to have a little girl in June. I’ll have the whole thing done in about 3 hours, and I know that my friend will treasure it.
Give it a go!