I bought this awesome Zoofari line of fabric close to two years ago, planning to make a baby quilt for a friend. She had wanted blue and green, so I thought this would be perfect, but she wanted LIGHT blue and LIGHT green. So, this fabric, along with the brown/orange color way, was added to the stash.
Just recently I have had a surge of customers requesting and buying baby quilts. Yay! This awesome fabric is about to find a permanent home. I was off this past week, but am off to a conference today, so I wanted to do something quick and simple that would let the bright colors of this fabric steal the show. Here is what I came up with:
- 33 coordinating 5″ squares – purchase a charm pack or cut your own
- 1/3 yard coordinating fabric for inner border
- 2/3 yard coordinating fabric for outer border
- 1/3 yard coordinating fabric for binding
- 1 1/4 yard backing fabric
Note that when sewing borders that aren’t pieced I like to cut the length of fabric, attach the border, and then trim the ends.
- Cut 2 5″ x length of fabric strips from the inner border fabric
- Cut 4 5″ x length of fabric strips from the outer border fabric
- Cut 4 2.5″ x length of fabric strips from the binding fabric
Sewing Instructions, with a 1/4″ seam:
- Arrange 9 5″ squares in a pleasing arrangement and sew together to create a 9 patch
- Sew inner border to right and left sides. Trim. Iron seams away from the 9 patch
- Sew inner border to top and bottom. Trim. Iron seams away from the 9 patch
- Arrange 2 sets of 5 5″ squares in a pleasing arrangement. Sew into a vertical row.
- Sew 1 row each to the right and left sides of your inner border. Iron seams toward the border.
- Arrange 2 sets of 7 5″ squares in a pleasing arrangement. Sew into a horizontal row.
- Sew 1 row each to the top and bottom of your inner border, being careful to match seams at the corner. Iron seams toward the border.
- Sew outer border to the right and left sides. Trim. Iron seams away from the previous row.
- Sew outer border to the top and bottom. Trim. Iron seams away from the previous row.
Finishing the quilt top should take no more than an hour. How’s that for fast? Once your quilt top is done you can quilt as desired and bind your quilt. That is an afternoon well spent!
Here is a closer look at the fabric. The animals are so cute!
And, here is the version I made with the brown and orange color way. It isn’t bound yet, but you get the idea.
This quilt was so easy to do, but oddly I was tripped up trying to figure out what size to cut the borders. Fortunately my friend Jen set me straight and was like, “duh, the whole thing is on a 5″ grid.” Oh, right. 🙂