A Baby Quilt Top

When Kayla was home over the weekend, she said she wanted to have a crafty day with me.  She’s due with her baby on the 17th and can feel her time clock measuring free time clicking away.  She thought we could squeeze in one last hurrah before baby Pins makes his way into the world.

I pulled out the Featherweight and set up shop at the table.

I really didn’t have a project seriously in the works but I had been playing with a box of leftovers that a blog reader had sent.


These yellow half square triangles and the four patches were in the box too.  I had one design I was playing with but Kelli came up with this…


I liked it.  I thought I would make four of these giant blocks, put them together and I’d have a baby quilt.

Then I counted the half square triangle blocks and there wasn’t enough.  Bummer.  Any yellow I had didn’t match so back to the drawing board. I put the project away and pulled it out this day.  Kelli was gone and Kayla was here.  I hoped she might have an idea.

We putzed and played moving piece around.  We ended up realizing that the half square triangle blocks were smaller than the four patches so I needed to trim the four patches.

Notice that I put the 2″ mark in the center of the block.  I made sure the ruler lines matched the seam lines.  Then I cut the side and top off.


I rotated the block.  I lined it up again and cut again.  It didn’t take long at all all and I had this….

and then I had this…


I liked it but it wasn’t big enough.  Hmmm.  Okay…back to the box these scraps all came in.  Hmmm.  I had more scraps….so more four patches.


I would make a row of four patched around the outside.  Here it is with four patches on two of the sides- with Rosie working on her quilt posing skills.


…and here it finished but not ironed.

I made this entirely from the scrap box a blog reader sent to me.  It is kind of fun to have put it all together not using a single fabric of my own.  The plan is to iron it and submit it for publication.  I don’t know it they will take it or not.  If they don’t, Kelli and I will write it up as a free pattern on the blog.  It came together so nicely.  As of now, I’m thinking it needs a yellow binding.  It sure is a scrap buster quilt!!

…and while I was working on that, Kayla was working hard on her next baby afghan.  It’s going to be Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed.


She got along a lot further than she expected to, in fact, she’s about two rounds away from a finish and it turned out really cute.  You’ll have to watch her blog, Stitchy Lit, for when she releases the pattern.  She has a few other tutorials and patterns there that are really cute.  Go check it out!!

I’m working on coming us with the next baby quilt from the gifted box of scrappy leftovers.  I had so much fun making this baby quilt that I’m excited to start another.

UPDATE:
I had a whirlwind of a time since finishing this quilt top.  I submitted it and it was picked up immediately by American Patchwork and Quilting.  They wanted it ASAP so…New Year’s day while I was sick I ended up at the quilting machine trying to get the longarm quilting done on this….then binding.


It went out in the next day’s mail…so be watching upcoming issues of American Patchwork and Quilting.  I’m not sure when it will be published, they didn’t let me know.   Isn’t it fun to know the story about the quilt before it’s even published!!  You’ll have to wait until then for a full view of the finished quilt though.  I love it’s scrappy goodness…and I had so much fun with this…I’m working on another.

The HUGEST shout of to the reader who sent the box with the triangles and fabric goodies.  The outside of the box says, Becky in AK and I think that’s who sent them…but I could have consolidated things into one box.


If you sent these to me THANKS SO MUCH.  I had a blast making the baby quilt and I think it’s so fun that someone else did a little bit of the sewing.  Whoever sent them, please leave a comment.  I’d love to thank you!!

21 thoughts on “A Baby Quilt Top

  1. Becky

    Yes Jo it was I who sent that box to you, Becky from the frigid far north. I am SO glad you could use them & I love the quilt you made with the scraps that I never found time to work with. And the most fun was knowing that you had a couple of daughter days making them work. I am looking forward to seeing it in the magazine.

  2. Cindy Toy

    Hi Jo-
    LOVE the baby blanket! I’m a beginning quilter and have a question about color placement on your blocks.
    Did you sew the 4 squares using random selection of colors? Then layed out the quilt, moving 4 sq as needed for overall color balance?
    Thanks for the instruction on evening up the 4 squares. So easy and I would have made it SO HARD!

  3. Jo Post author

    Oh Cindy…I am a LAZY quilter. I randomly sewed the four patches. I didn’t pay attention at all to the placement of the pieces. I didn’t lay it out on a design wall as I went. I just picked up the next four patch and sewed on. Like I said, I am a LAZY quilter…all of that takes a lot of time.

  4. Kim LeMere

    It is a great quilt and I look forward to seeing it in the magazine. There are so many ways to use 4 patches, I think I need to do some as a leader/ender project and build up a stash of them for when the magazine is out. Glad your daughters could come a spend the day crafting.

  5. Stearns Carol

    Very clever. I love digging into boxes of scraps and making something out of them. One Quilter’s trash is anothers treasure for sure. That is why we love sending things to you.

  6. Donna T

    That is such a cute baby quilt and to think you made it from someone else’s scraps is just amazing! I can’t wait to get the magazine! Please let us know so I can make sure I buy it! I think Rosie is going to be a natural quilt poser!

  7. Cathy Odle

    It looks like you have been having fun Jo. I love this quilt. The yellow is just right, for breaking up all the scrappiness of the four patches. This is a great idea, to use with all those scrap saver squares I have.

  8. Mary Ann Mettler

    Beautiful quilt – priceless time with daughters – and precious puppy learning to pose for a picture.

  9. Pam Daily

    I do get the American Patchwork magazine. Looking forward to trying this pattern as I do happen to have quite a few half square triangles. Beautiful quilt and very cute Rosey. Thanks Jo for your inspirations mixed in with some life lessons well learned.

  10. Connie

    Such a fun happy quilt. I love how you quilted the 4 patches differently than the HST that form the yellow diamonds.

  11. Janet R

    It’s another quilt I like. I’ve seen similar quilts but a lot of times they are asymmetrical and I’m just not usually an asymmetrical gal. I’ll be looking for it to come out.

  12. Cheryl in St Paul

    Wow! What a nice quilt. No wonder the magazine jumped on it! I’ll be watching for the article and it will be all the sweeter because now I know the back story!

    I loved your tribute to Ruby. Rosie has mighty big paws to fill. I think she will!

  13. Penny Holliday

    Jo, I do so admire your creativity! Amazing quilt! The yellow triangles & additional four patches border make a simple scrappy patches a great design ~ I love it!

  14. Linda in NE

    Your baby quilt made from someone’s leftovers is so cute, and Rosie is just adorable. An excellent model too!

  15. Judith Fairchild

    Oh the joy of having daughter’s with imaginations that see things we miss. Love the baby quilt. And the fun you have had.
    I made my grandson’s Christmas quilt with gifted scraps and a few leftovers from former projects.
    Thank you for the idea. Oh I went thrift shopping yester day at Red Rack’s ( D.M.V.) store. Got some beautiful material for a new quilt. Spent a little more than planned but have enough material for 2or3 neutrals in quilts. Thanks again for your suggestions.

  16. Donna F

    Something I can do with my collection of mini charm packs. Some of my scraps might have found their way into the last round of 4 patches. Happy Creating.

  17. Jill

    I’ll be watching for your next quilt in American Patchwork. I am currently working on All Are Welcome. Love scrappy and HST’s. Thank you.

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