Making Baby Quilts
One of the easiest kinds of quilts to make are baby quilts. They are much smaller that large bed size quilts and fun to make. They can be made my machine or made by hand. Of course making a quilt by hand is much more time consuming but it is enjoyable. And finding baby quilt patterns online is very easy to do. Although some of them seem very complicated, or just to much to complete. When searching for a baby quilt pattern, I am really just looking for an idea or a template. Something for inspiration. I usually have my own way of quilting that works well for me and I don't stray from it to much. I like to quilt by machine sometimes, but there is something about making a quilt by hand that makes it seem much more personal. So I usually look for something that is easily done by hand yet still could look good. I found this particular quilt pattern on a website called cutequiltpatterns.com. It was a free pattern and lets face it those are the best kind. Here is how I made this quilt, but with deviations from the pattern as I wanted to make it as easy as possible.
Fabrics for this Baby Quilt
Picking My Quilt Fabrics.
Usually when making a baby quilt I like to keep a few things in mind.
- How big should I make it? I usually like to make a baby quilt about 36" x 36 " as that is what a Yard of fabric is in length. It is usually a little wider so I just cut it to be perfectly square. This will be the backing. Sometimes if I want it to be a little bigger I buy a little more. Like a yard and a half or so on. I usually try to make it square not rectangular.
- What colors should I use? Find fabrics that go well together. Many times patterns will help you decide the colors or patterns within the fabrics such as florals, stripes, plaids, and so forth.
- What is the theme of the quilt? When it is a baby quilt it is so fun to choose a theme. Themes can be so many different things. Such as for a boy or a girl, perhaps something in primary colors for either. Or more specific like this quilt with ladybugs, or maybe a puppy dog quilt.
Once I have figured these things out I can design my quilt.
Ladybug Landing, modified
Putting It All Together
This particular pattern called for a white piece of fabric for the center square, cut at 18" x 18". So that is what I used and also used the templates for the ladybugs, the vine and the flowers. However the original patterns used more squares cut on the diagonal to be added to each side for a diamond effect in the middle of the quilt. Since the middle design was the same all the way around, I opted to not add these pieces and instead, I put borders around the center square all the way around of each color used to add to the center square. This quilt is 39" x 39" after adding all the borders.
I really liked the pink plaid fabric I found because It had little ladybugs all over it. The original pattern, used strictly red, white, and black, colors. And it is a gorgeous quilt, but since I liked the pink plaid print so much, I decided to use it for the flowers and for the backing of the quilt. I does deviate from the origianal quilt pattern. But I looked at it as more of a suggestion.
The Original pattern used flowers that where made separately and added to give it a 3D effect. But on retrospect I might have only done a flower applique' like the ladybugs and vines. But once I realized that I wasn't so sure about the flowers I already had them made so I made it work.
All the applique's were applied with a heat and bond light product to make it easier to hand applique' around them all. All the hand applique's were done with a blanket stitch. I used the same color embroidery floss as the fabric. Like black floss for the ladybug head, and red floss for the ladybug body, but for the vine I used a light pink embroidery floss, for interest.
Since I cut the backing a little bigger than the quilt top, about 2 inches on all sides I plan to bind the quilt using the backing by turning it in into the top to create the binding then using a blanket stitch in black to add more interest to the edges.
I used very low loft polyester quilt batting for the padding. It is almost complete, but I still have some hand quilting I want to finish.
Making Baby Quilts
As I have said this pattern was from a website offering free patterns, cutequiltpatterns.com.
But I hoped to help show, how any quilt pattern can be modified to fit what you want to do. For the sake of ease or for a certain look you are trying to achieve.
Baby quilts are one to the easiest to make and so much fun. Whether you make them for a friend who is expecting a baby, or for yourself, or even if you are making them to sell, baby quilts, are so much fun, and oh so cute.
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RTalloni on June 20, 2012:
Such a sweet quilt you've made! Thanks for posting your design for the pattern with tips on how you chose to put it together. It's a darling project!
B from Oklahoma on May 09, 2011:
Love the ladybug quilt design, it's so cute. Thanks for the information and web address.
Diane Inside (author) on December 07, 2010:
Thanks for stopping by and thanks, I really liked the pink myself, Glad to see you here. You're really appreciated.
Kristin on December 01, 2010:
So fun to see what everyone is doing with the same pattern! Yours looks adorable...I for one, love the pink!
Diane Inside (author) on October 13, 2010:
Hey sofs, yes this one was done by hand, the one I am making now is different than this one. Yes baby quilt gifts are always appreciated. I will post the one I am making now in a few days or sooner if time allows. Thanks for visiting, enjoyed our conversation last night. Take Care.
Sophie on October 13, 2010:
Diane! that does sounds easy..I should try it some time. The appliqué work looks so cute!! No babies now, should I have one..?? or may be I can gift it to some one.. that will be easier.. lol
Diane Inside (author) on September 29, 2010:
Thanks Dolores, I'm glad I inspired you. Happy quilting.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 29, 2010:
Hoo boy. I just made a baby quilt last spring for a friend. Now I have to make another and am glad for the inspiration!
Diane Inside (author) on September 21, 2010:
Wow, three babies, how wonderful. Congratulations! Making Baby quilts for them would be so much fun and it is something they can keep for years to come for their own babies. Hope you enjoy the pattern.
Sweetsusieg from Michigan on September 20, 2010:
I have 3 babies on the way, one due in Nov, one in Jan and one in Feb. I think I may have to make one of these! Thanks for the pattern!