When I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to make a special quilt for the baby. I still have my baby quilt and know how special it is to me. I did a lot of searching on Pinterest and googling quilt tutorials and sizes. I knew I wanted a quilt to fit in the toddler bed and something snuggly enough to bundle up in. I always wish my blanket was a bit bigger, to grow into, so that helped me decide to make it the larger toddler/crib bed size.
1) Decide how big of a quilt you want to make: I decided to make my quilt about 36×54
2) How many colors you want to use, etc. : I decided on 7 Colors – Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink
2) Then pick out all of your fabric…I used a lot of scraps from previous projects as to not have a lot of extra waste laying around. – I am using minky fabrics as the solid color blocks of the chevron pattern, and white/color polka dot flannel as the lighter chevron pattern in between the minky/solid color rows.
3) Cut all Fabric into 7×7″ squares
4) Lay right sides together and pin edges. I used A LOT of pins, since minky has a habit of slipping.
5) Sew all edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance- line presser foot up right up with the edge of fabric
6) Cut each square into 4 triangles — keeping all pieces together to reassemble as a square. Trim off “dog ears” from corners of each triangle.
8) Pin two squares together (right sides together) and sew 1/4″ seam.
9)Then sew top and bottom together.
10) Reassemble squares, pin together and sew into one piece. Make sure to align seems, this will take a lot of trial and error. Be patient.
11) Continue to do each row the same pattern and sew together rows as you go (this is what I did)
12) Once the top of your quilt is complete you will want to add a border to square the edges. I chose to add a minky border. I measured 3″ of minky to go around the entire border, and sewed it on with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Lay out fabric, pin right sides together. Sew. Then sew corners together.
13) on a large flat surface, I used the dining room table, lay your backing down, then batting then quilt top. Pin into place starting in the center and smooth out as you go. I used old safety pins from all the races I have run 🙂
14) quilt together- I used my sewing machine and followed the chevron pattern to create a chevron patter on the back. I used white threading the front and a rainbow thread in the bobbin.
15) Quilt around the edges as well
16) take a break and enjoy the beauty!
17) pick your binding, pin into place and sew top side of quilt and binding
18) corners are tricky – I followed a YouTube video and a tutorial — and still got a bit frustrated. I stopped for the night
19) after you finish the top side you will need to turn the binding, pin into place and sew both the front and back of the binding. This step was really hard and frustrating for me
20) when you are completed sewing the binding (after many curse words and thread breaking episodes) sit back and enjoy your masterpiece And if you can drink a glass of wine- you deserve it!
Overall, I am very pleased with my completedproject and can’t wait for baby toll to enjoy her special quilt for years to come!