Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dick & Jane-Spanish Style Baby Quilt Pattern

This fabric looks like a quilted pattern already! So it's perfect for a simple quilt!

All of the squares are easy to sew around, it gives them a puffy look.

Hello! This is a REALLY CUTE pattern that is easy to do!

I made it for one of my good friends who is having a baby in July.
I chose this fabric, because it is a great fabric for a baby. It has word associations in Spanish and English with pictures! I call this fabric a Spanish/Hispanic Dick and Jane.

This project will take you about 3 hours. Maybe quicker if you are really fast!

Read through all instructions before starting.

What you need!

22" x 34" Piece of the Dick and Jane Spanish Style
26" of Stars and Moons Black
1.5 yards of a backing material, in a coordinating color, I chose a rose pink with Scrolls.
crib size batting
matching thread

seam allowance is: 1/4"
Let's start.
Prewash all of the fabrics, and iron.
Cut the Stars and Moons in 4 strips 6.5" wide perpendicular to the selvage.

Sew two strips to the long side of the Dick and Jane fabric.

Press the seam towards the black strip.

Then sew two strips to the top and bottom of the D & J fabric. Center the strip and sew.

Press the seam towards the black strip.
Square off the excess strip ends.
Now you have your quilt top done!!! It's that easy!

Match up and center the batting and the backing of the quilt.

Use curved safety pins to attach all three layers together. Put the pins where the squares are in the center square of the D&J fabric square.

For the quilting, sew around all of the squares on the Dick & Jane fabric in the center of the quilt. Use a brown thread, it disappears really nice, make sure that you have a thread that matches your backing material.

Then sew a top stitch on the edge of the black border with the brown thread. Then zig zag in a contrasting thread, along the top stitch on the black border.

Now you are ready to finish off this quilt! Unless you want to add more decorative quilting.

Option: Embroider the Baby's name on the bottom right corner. Before quilting the pieces together. Or do it after, and use a wash away intefacing, since babys don't like hard edges.

Trim the batting to 1" from the edge of the black stars and moons border.

Square off the backing fabric, so that you have about 2" from the edge of the batting.

Fold backing onto itself 1" and fold it onto the edge of the black border. It should over lap about 1/4". Pin all of it down around the whole quilt.

Machine stich or handstitch the edge.

Miter fold and sew down the corners.

And you are done!

Design variations:
Add more strips to the border. Example: Make an additional border in the colors from the fabric.

I sell the Dick and Jane fabric and the stars and moons fabric in a set for this baby blanket!
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135 E. Broadway
Vista, CA 92084

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