Perfect your Nine Patches with this adorable baby quilt. Whether you are just learning how to quilt or looking for a quick and easy project, this quilt offers simple construction with all the cutting done for you with 5″ precut squares. Pick two of your favorite charm packs and get sewing right away!
Bright Shadow Play Baby Quilt
40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″
Skill Level: Beginner Friendly
2 Bright Shadow Play 5″ x 5″ Packs (81 Squares needed)
Nine Patch Block Assembly
Sort the charm packs into same colored fabrics. Match up into groups of two sets of four squares for each block. Select a center square from the neutrals.
Layout each block. For quick chain piecing, stack the blocks on top of each other on the table beside your sewing machine so when you finish piecing the rows for one block, you are ready for the next block. You can chain piece all the rows at once, then stack the blocks again to join the rows together.
Sew the block rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seams toward the center for the top and bottom row, and toward the outside for the center row.
Sew the rows to one another to complete the block. Block measures 14″ unfinished.
Make nine blocks.
Measure each block using the center seams as a guide. They should all be close to the same size. If any are too large, trim them to 14″ evenly so the center square remains centered.
Lay the blocks into rows of three blocks each so you can decide where you want each block to go.
Sew three blocks together to make a row. Make three rows. Sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.
Layer with a natural fiber batting (wool is not recommended in case of allergy sensitivities) and backing fabric. Quilt as desired and bind.
Quilting Ideas: Because a baby quilt gets washed often, machine quilting is a great option. This design lends itself to straight line design or gentle curves that can easily be done with a walking foot. A walking foot is used to evenly feed several layers through your sewing machine at one time.
Straight line stitching:
- Evenly divide the quilt into 1/2″ to 2″ increments along one edge or diagonally.
- Use masking tape or draw lines from the top of the quilt to bottom along your selected increments. You can even use a variety of measurements so the lines aren’t evenly spaced.
- Using your walking foot, start in the middle of the quilt and sew along the tape’s edge or on the marked lines to quilt all the layers together. Sew lines working your way to the edges.
Once complete, sew a basting stitch along the edge of the quilt to secure the layers. Trim the quilt to the edge of the quilt top using a rotary cutter and ruler.
Learning to quilt? Be sure to join our How To Quilt: A Beginner’s Guide Quilt Along.