Thursday, May 12, 2016

Every Baby Needs a Quilt

 Spring is the time for babies,
animal and bird babies.

This is one of the three baby Kestrel Hawks
we had in our birdhouse last year.

This year it seems to be new babies
for nephews and my daughter's best friends.

It was time to get sewing on some 
quilts for these new little ones.
I have a "go to" baby quilt pattern
that I have used for years.

It has a center panel section cut 20 1/2" x 32 3/4".



It allows you to cut two panels from a yard of fabric
and it's a great way to feature some super fun kid fabrics.

Then that panel is surrounded by a border made up of
rails and nine patches.

From two fabrics cut:  In this case
(7) 2" x wof  - blue-fabric 1
(5) 2" x wof - red-fabric 2

Make some strip sets:
blue/red/blue (3)
and subcut: (10) 8 1/4" x 5"
                     (10)  2" x 5"

And then a strip set
red/blue/red (1)
Subcut: (20) 2" x 5"

Sew the 2" x 5" pieces into 9-patches.
They will measure 5" x 5" including sa.

Sew 2 sets together for the sides:
These will be sewn to the center panel first.

Sew 2 sets together for the top and bottom:
Then add the top and bottom.

The outer border can really be cut
any size, but I have most commonly used
5 1/2".

On this quilt the border went all around the quilt.

On this one, the printed border piece was too short
so I added a square in the corners.
It's a very flexible pattern!

Here's the basic yardage for one quilt:
fabric one: 1/2 yard
fabric two: 1/3 yard
center panel: 1 yard = 2
Border: 2/3 yard
Binding 3/8 yard -straight of the grain
Backing 1 5/8 yard

The quilt finishes about
40' x 52"

A couple more quilts to sew
and all the new babies
 will have a quilt to call their own.

Until Next Time-


  1. What a neat way to use panels! I'll have to remember that when I need to make baby quilts.

  2. What a great idea for a baby quilt and what cute owl fabric.

  3. This looks great! What lucky babies. Love, love the owl print - there are so many cute ones out there now. Really nice way to use cute baby prints.

  4. The owl fabric is cute as can be. I saw a crochet owl bunting type thing where you slide the baby down into it. The one I saw was in blues but found some on Etsy in other colors.

  5. Just wanted to let everyone know that the owl fabric is by Riley Blake.

  6. What a super-fun pattern! Thank you! Our quilt ministry has 4 baby quilts to make in the next couple of months, and this will be perfect for them.

  7. Perfect pattern! Thank you so much.

  8. Have to bookmark your post - great baby quilt pattern! Both the little owls and cowboy panels are perfect!!!

  9. What lucky babies! Beautiful quilts and adorable hawks!

  10. Good way to make a baby quilt! That fabric with the owls in the trees is really cute.

  11. Very cute baby quilts! Great idea and a great gift!

  12. So sweet - I'm sure all the mamas are so happy to have a snuggly new quilt for their little babes. You've very generous!

  13. Very nice baby quilt idea. I'll have to pin this one, if that is okay with you.

  14. Great quilt pattern to showcase some wonderful fabric! Thanks for sharing!!

  15. What a great baby quilt pattern to share with us!
    Both of your finished quilts are really adorable.

  16. What a great baby quilt pattern. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Cathy

  17. What a wonderful gift to welcome a new baby. Love the scenic quilt photo! Absolutely beautiful!

  18. That's a great baby quilt pattern. I can see why you go to it again and again. Love the fabrics you have chosen too! Those are some lucky babies.

  19. What wonderful baby quilts :0) Lucky babies indeed!

  20. Thanks for sharing as I have a number of cot quilt panels my mother brought cheap and I need to do something fun with them! I love the border idea of nine patches and rail fence, gives a bit of a spark and yet super easy.

  21. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog Kyle, cause it reminded me to look at yours, and what you have just posted is fantastic. I have a couple of baby quilts to make and your formula/recipe is excellent and couldn't have come at a better time. Thank you. I love the little quilts you have made.

  22. super cute baby quilt pattern. I am going to share it with a friend. It is a fun way to feature cute fabrics.
    what lucky little ones
    Love that view and seeing last years kestrel!

  23. What great quilts. The baby owls quilt is my favourite!

  24. Really cute baby quilts, and I love the fabric with the owls.

  25. Cute quilts! Thanks for sharing the how to.