Wednesday, March 14, 2012

4-patch Baby Quilt: Pt. 1

First tutorial... here I go. 

Pick out your fabrics. You'll need:
- 1/2 yd Fabric A (four patch)
- 1/2 yd Fabric B (four patch)
- 3/4 alternate focus print
- 1/2 yd inner border and binding
- 1/2 yd outer border
- 1 1/2 yd backing
You can mix and match whatever fabrics you want. Have fun with it! 
I raided my stash for this one. ;)

Time to cut. 
Of Fabrics A and B, cut out thirty 3.5" squares
Of the alternate focus print, cut fifteen 6.5" squares
Of the inner border, cut 4 strips that are 1.5" by the width of the fabric
For the outer border, cut 4 strips 3.5" by the width of the fabric

You'll end up with this:

Take the little squares and sew the opposing colors together at 1/4" seam using a 'chain' method. All you've got to do is put one set through just as you're about to finish the previous one. 

Cut the extra thread in between the squares. 

Ironing time. You don't want to iron the seam open. That would get really tedious really fast. Instead, you'll iron it flat to one side. You generally want to iron it towards the darker fabric so that it won't show through. 

You're going to end up with 30 - 3.5" x 6.5" units. You're going to sew these together now via same method you used to put the two pieces together. 

One thing I must urge is lining up your seams. All quilting really is is cutting fabric as precisely as you can and lining up the seams as best you can. Good luck. I have trouble with that sometimes. Below you can see my efforts to keep things lined up. Pins are you best friends on this step. Iron the seam to one side. 

Congratulations! You have now completed 15 four-patch squares for your baby blanket. 

Back to work.

Taking one four-patch and one alternate print, sew them together using the same chain method that we've been using. Iron the seams

You now have 15 units that are made up of the four patch and the alternate print.
Sew the pieces together to make 10 units that are four big squares across. Then sew the left over units to make your strip 6 squares long. You're still using the chain method, right? ;)  

You have 5 strips that are 6 squares long. Sew the strips together, lining up the seams, to create the main part of your quilt top. 
And that is all for tonight! I'll make up part 2 as soon as I have the pictures. :)



  1. "All quilting really is is cutting fabric as precisely as you can and lining up the seams as best you can. Good luck. I have trouble with that sometimes."

    I second that! And for all sewing, not just quilts. On my last project, a costume for a dance, not only did I sew a couple seams wrong, I also cut the edges unevenly to start with. (Fixing that took some work.) Your quilt, though, looks quite nice!

  2. Love the simplicity, yet adorable quality to this pattern! Great tutorial, thank you! :)