“Movers and Shakers” Baby Quilt

15 10 2016

One of the easiest baby quilts EV-ER! And it’s fat quarter friendly, too!

Here’s a basic tutorial:  Choose a multi-colored theme print. I only had 25″ of the construction equipment fabric, but I recommend purchasing 1 yard. Cut 2 strips 8 1/2″ by width of fabric. Sub-cut into eight 8 1/2″ squares.

Choose 4 tone-on-tone fat quarters that coordinate with the theme print; I chose red tone-on-tone, yellow swirl, blue tone-on-tone, and green polka dot. From each color cut three 2 1/2″ x 21″ strips. Sub-cut into four 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles and four 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles.

fullsizerenderCut eight 4 1/2″ squares from a black and white print.

Sew the colored tone-on-tones to the black and white print 4 1/2″ squares. Press seam allowances toward the colored fabric. Make eight framed squares, two of each color. These blocks should measure 8 1/2″ square.

On worktable, lay out the blocks, alternating the framed squares with the 8 1/2″ theme print squares. Sew together in rows, pressing seam allowances toward the theme print squares. Pin and sew the rows together.

For an inner border, cut four 2″ x 40″ strips of black and white polka dot fabric. Measure, pin and sew to quilt, pressing seams toward border.

My theme print was directional and I only had 25″ initially to work with. As you can see from the photo below, I had enough print for 3 3/4″ wide top and bottom borders, but I had to piece the side borders with leftover tone-on-tone strips.

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From a design standpoint, the pieced side borders with plain top an bottom borders looked like an accident. To make the composition more cohesive, I cut the top and bottom borders and inserted strips of tone-on-tone fabrics.

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“Movers and Shakers,” at 42″ square, is perfect for tummy time!

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6 responses

15 10 2016
Tanya Hockensmith

What a cute quilt, Aby! I love the colors you used and the tips on the borders. This pattern would be great for stash busting charity or baby quilts. You did an amazing job!

15 10 2016
Jennifer Johnston

Super cute Aby! For the new little one in your family???

17 10 2016
abydolinger

My nephew is expecting a baby in November. It’s not the Peter Rabbit theme his wife chose for the nursery, but I think the bright colors will be perfect for “tummy time” on the living room floor.

15 10 2016
Mary Ed Williams

You did it again! This is a wonderful quilt! May we use it for a donation quilt?

17 10 2016
abydolinger

Yes, you certainly may “copy” my ideas for donation quilts! I would love to see a picture of your rendition.

17 10 2016
Mary Ed Williams

It’s a deal! Thanks, Aby.

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