"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, being careful to match the crosswise stretch of one
block with the lengthwise stretch of the second block. 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.
Each quilt is made from four vertical “columns” and four horizontal “rows”.
Step 9: Fold column 2 back on top of column 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 column 3 on top of column 2, placing right sides together. Pin blocks and stitch seam.
Step 11: Lay column 4 on top of column 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. This helps hold blocks in correct order, however some may find they can more accurately stitch if the threads are snipped.
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!
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