"The Sweet 16" baby quilt is a quick and easy project made from sixteen quilt blocks. Each block begins with a 10"x10" square so this quilt sews together quickly. Sweet! Once the half-square triangle blocks are sewn together they can be arranged to form a variety of familiar patterns. The quilt finishes out at 37"x37" making it the perfect size for a donation quilt. So let's get started!
For this project you will need:
8 - white/neutral 10"x10" squares
8 - print 10"x10" squares
Backing - 1 1/4 yd cotton fabric cut 42"x45"
Binding - 1/3 yd cotton fabric cut (4) 2 1/2" strips. (Please note there will only
be a few inches to spare, so plan accordingly.)
Batting - cotton quilt batting cut 41"x41"
Finished size of quilt: 37"x37" square
Step 1: Draw a diagonal line across each of the 8 white squares with a marking pen/pencil. Match each white square with a print square. Pin right sides together.
Step 3: To ensure stability, press seam with spray starch before cutting.
Step 4: Place ruler on marked line, between the two rows of stitching, and cut apart.
Step 5: On each block, press toward the darker fabric.
Step 6: Trim bunny ears from the corners.
Step 7: This is where it gets fun! Lay the blocks in a pattern that pleases you. Here are a few ideas to get you started...
The Half-Square Triangle
Step 8: The following instructions are the same regardless of the layout you choose.
Step 9: Fold row 2 back on top of row 1, placing right sides together. Pin blocks. Stitch 1/4" seam.
If you chain piece each block and do not cut the connecting threads, it may help keep your blocks in order as the rows are sewn together.
Step 10: Lay row 3 on top of row 2, placing right sides together. Pin blocks and stitch seam.
Step 11: Lay row 4 on top of row 3, placing right sides together. Pin blocks and stitch seams.
Step 12: At this point all the rows are horizontally sewn together and connected by the chain stitching threads.
Step 13: Drape quilt over ironing board and alternately press rows to right or left. This will allow the seams to nestle together and form a crisp seam. Pin rows together and stitch each seams with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Step 14: Press final three seams open to reduce bulk.
Step 15: Square up quilt top. Using your favorite method, to baste quilt top to batting and backing.
Step 16: Use your favorite method to quilt the top. The examples above were quilted by using painter's tape as a guideline.
Step 17: Trim away excess backing and batting. Use your favorite method to attach binding. Enjoy!
If you end up making a quilt with this tutorial I'd love to hear from you:)
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