Learn how to make a simple four-patch baby quilt

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Learn how to make a simple four-patch baby quilt

Learn how to make a simple four-patch baby quilt with this easy step-by-step tutorial by Diary of a Quilter.

Even if you are a first-time quilter, you’ll be able to create a shweshwe quilt that is both beautiful and functional by following the tutorial below:

Fabric Requirements:

  • 1 1/4 yard background print
  • At least 8 different 1/8 yards for contrasting four-patch blocks (you can use more if you want)
  • OR a couple of packages of 5″ precut squares
  • 2 ½ yards backing fabric (If you are careful with the width of the backing and it is wide enough, you may be able to get by with 1 3/4 yards)
  • 1/2 yard binding

Step 1: Cutting

  • From background print cut 5 strips 8 ½” x width of fabric. (If you cut very carefully, you should be able to get 5 squares per strip. It’s okay if they include a tiny bit of selvage that will end up in the seam allowance)
    • Sub cut into 17 squares 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • From four-patch prints cut 72 squares, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • From binding fabric cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ x width of fabric

Step 2: Sewing

Match 72 squares up into contrasting pairs. Sew squares together using a 1/4″ seam.

You can ‘chain’ them through quickly without even cutting the thread. Press seam to one side.

Match each pair with a contrasting pair and sew together to create 18 four-patch blocks Press seam to one side. These blocks should come out as 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished.

Layout quilt blocks into seven rows of five blocks each. Start with a four-patch block in the first row and an 8 1/2″ square block in the second row.

Sew squares into rows, pressing seams toward the 8 1/2″ square blocks. This will create nesting seams when you go to sew the rows together and make the assembly much easier as well as matching up points. Sew rows together and press seams all the same direction.

Layer quilt top with batting and backing and baste together. Quilt as desired.

For Binding sew 2 1/2″ x wof strips end to end.

And you’re done!