TGIFF: Fast and Easy Baby Quilt

Welcome to those of you who are here to share a finish with TGIFF or to check out what everyone else has been up to. I'm really excited to be hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!Rush Hour close upI've been trying to finish up some older projects and stash bust some of my older fabrics... many from when I started quilting in 2002. I recently decided to put together this baby quilt. The feature fabric was leftover from a pillow case that I made for my nephew a few years ago. I decided that the cars would make a cute baby quilt and pulled two fat quarters from my stash to go with it.

I did a little measuring of my leftover car fabric and found that I could get twelve 5.5-inch squares out of it (leaving very little waste). I decided I'd make 4-patch blocks with my red and yellow fabrics. For those I cut 3" strips of each fat quarter and strip-pieced them.

strip piecing step 1

Then I cut these into 3" segments, to piece the 4-patch blocks. (Strip-piecing tip: When cutting be sure to square up the edge, and line your ruler line along one of your seams.)

strip piecing step 2strip piecing step 3strip piecing step 4

Now, I didn't like my options for border fabric from my stash, so I picked up the lovely green dots at PIQF. I used a striped fabric from my stash for the backing and binding. I love the effect of the striped fabric used as bias binding with the diagonal strips. The whole project went together very quickly.

Rush Hour full

Rush Hour backingRush Hour folded

 

Make Your Own

This could be done with any size block. Start by determining an optimal size block for your feature fabric. This might be determined by how much fabric you have, what size your pieces are, or the scale of the print. Then to determine the dimensions of your small squares just divide by two, then add 0.25 inch.

For example if you had 4-inch squares that you wanted to use for the feature fabric,dividing 4 by two equals 2 inches, then adding 0.25 is 2.25, so the small squares should be 2.25 inches. You could strip piece by cutting 2.25-inch strips, then crosscut into 2.25-inch wide pieces.

Once you've pieced your 1-patch and 4-patch blocks together, you can add one or more borders to reach your desired quilt size.

 

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17 thoughts on “TGIFF: Fast and Easy Baby Quilt

    1. sarah

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      Thanks. I don't have a recipient in mind for it yet, so I'll enjoy seeing it on my shelf. Thanks for linking up.

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  1. Such a sweet baby quilt! Love that striped backing and how you used it diagonally for the binding. Good for you using up some older stash and making something beautiful. Thanks so much for hosting, Sarah!

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks! Yay for inspiring ideas! I hope you are able to quickly get your bee blocks put together so you can enjoy your new quilt! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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