Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bundles of Joy Quilt { A Tutorial }


Every once in awhile I run across a quilt design and say to myself, "I can make that!" Even without taking a look at the pattern. Most of you probably had the same reaction when I posted a picture of this quilt. It's a very simple design and takes a few hours to put together. If you're like me and have an addiction to charm packs, you will more than likely have everything you need for this project right in your stash.

Finished quilt will measure around 24 x 28. Perfect for a play mat or stroller/carseat cover up.

Here are the supplies you'll need to make the top:

1 Charm Pack (or 42, 5" charm squares)
1 Yard of a coordinating solid


STEP 1: Take your solid print and slice 14 strips that measure 1.25" by WOF (width of fabric). Do this by keeping your yard of fabric folded in half on the cutting surface, rotary cutting the 2 layers at once. You'll end up with 14 strips of fabric that measure 1.25" x 44". I used Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman in Pink.


STEP 2: Cut each strip of solid into 7" lengths. These are the pieces you'll use to make the cross patterns in each charm square. You should end up with about 84 smaller strips that measure 1.25" x 7".


STEP 3: Take each charm square and slice them at a random measurement straight up and down. Repeat until all 42 squares are randomly cut. If your charm pack has a few repeats, make sure you keep track of both sides of those particular prints. You'll have trouble later putting them back together if you don't. I'm speaking from experience ;)

(To save some time, feel free to stack several charm squares together when cutting. If you want a random cross design all throughout your top, I would say limit the number of stacked squares to 4. This way you'll have a minimum of 10 unique cross placements.)


Here is a photo of all the charm squares cut and stacked in pairs.


I used a Hushabye Charm Pack by Tula Pink for Moda Fabrics.

STEP 4: Begin piecing your charms back together by placing a 1.25" x 7" strip along the cut edge of one side of your sliced charm squares.


Sew a .25" seam along the edge and press your seams open.



Repeat 41 times until you have sewn a strip of solid to one half of each sliced charm square.

(If you can chain piece, being careful to keep track of which side will complete each charm square, it will save you a lot of time.)

STEP 5: Attach the other half of each charm square to each charm/solid strip combination you made in step 4 by lining up the edges of the sides of the charm pieces, right sides together, and sewing a .25" seam.


Again, press the seams open.



Repeat until all 42 charm squares have been reconstructed with a pink strip down the center.

STEP 6: Like in step 3, take each "reconstructed" charm square you just made and slice them at a random measurement perpendicular to the pink strip. Repeat until all 42 squares are randomly cut.



(Again, to save some time, feel free to stack several charm squares together when cutting. If you want a random cross design all throughout your top, I would say limit the number of stacked squares to 4. This way you'll have a minimum of 10 unique cross placements.)

STEP 7: Begin piecing your charms back together by placing a 1.25" x 7" strip along the cut edge of one side of your sliced reconstructed charm squares.


Sew a .25" seam and press to one side. Repeat until you have sewn a strip of solid to one half of each sliced reconstructed charm square.

(If you can chain piece, being careful to keep track of which side will complete each charm square, it will save you a lot of time.)


STEP 8: Like in step 5, attach the other half of each reconstructed charm square to each reconstructed charm/solid strip combination you made in step 7 by lining up the edges of the pink strip pieces, right sides together, and sewing a .25" seam.



Press the seams to the center and repeat until all reconstructed charm squares are complete with pink Kona crosses. There should be 42 total.



STEP 9: Square up all 42 of your completed blocks to the desired size. I cut mine all down to 4.5" x 4.5". Once the top was pieced all the blocks finish to 4" square.


STEP 10: Take your 42 cut blocks and lay them out on your design surface. You will have enough to place them 6 blocks across x 7 rows down. I took a few minutes to change blocks around till I got a layout I liked.


STEP 11: Begin piecing the blocks together to construct the top. I made larger blocks by piecing 4 squares together and then joined them to make rows. I sewed the rows together to make the top.


(Feel free to use another method of piecing your top. ie: making 7 sets of strips out of 6 blocks and then combining them. This is just how I did it.)


STEP 12: Sandwich, quilt, and bind in the fashion you are used to. I used 1 yard of a coordinating Hushaby print for the back of my quilt and bound it using the left over Kona Pink.


You now have a wonderful baby quilt to give as a gift to someone expecting!


This pattern can be altered to make a bigger quilt by using a layer cake (or 42, 10" squares) and 2.5" strips of Kona solid.

This quilt is listed in the SHOP and is available for sale HERE.

If you follow my tutorial and make a quilt, feel free to post photos of it to the flickr page I've created here: I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts { I MADE IT } I love to see projects you've made using my tutorials.

Happy quilting,

34 comments:

  1. excellent tutorial. i actually have a friend in mind who is expecting shortly. thank you!

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  2. Thanks for the great tutorial! How big is the finished quilt?

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  3. Hey Ryan,
    Thank you so much for your tutorial. I can't wait to make it using holiday prints, to resemble gift packages.
    Just found your blog. Will be back, you're awesome!

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  4. Thank you! I love this quilt and will be using it for baby quilts in the future. The tutorial is wonderful!

    Sandy A

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  5. I love this tutorial! Great job, thanks!

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  6. Great job Ryan. I've got 15 charm packs just waiting to be cut into. Love how easy you made this.

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  7. great tut Ryan!! i'm such a sucker for crosses!! ;)

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  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Ryan what I love about your tutorial is that you used ONE charm pack. Almost every pattern calls for TWO or more charm packs. Which can be a problem especially when sweet children buy their mother single charm packs as gifts ;-) I am loving this quilt pattern, and I have a charm pack that is waiting to be used. Thanks again :-)

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  9. Now that's a great tutorial. I just might try that this next week. It's small enough that I could actually completely finish it! I'll let you know how mine turns out!

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  10. Cute quilt. Excellent tutorial. This definitely goes into my list of favorite tutorials. And OMG I need to learn to press my seams as well as you do.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful little quilt! Thanks for the tutorial. It will make a great quilt for our quilt ministry to make to give to newborns in our church!! Can't wait to try it!

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  12. Well written tutorial! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks!!

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  13. I love this quilt! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  14. This is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you so much for posting it. When I get brave enough, I'm going to try it out!

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  15. Thanks Ryan! What a great tutorial! I have just begun my addiction to charm packs, so as soon as I have a few, I am going to try this pattern!

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  16. gorgeous quilt!! I love the colors. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  17. i love this quilt.... love it wish i had this design for my gram gram to make me this for my wedding... but i may just have to make me one! your pretty amazing!

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  18. I love this. A lot. I have charm packs laying around but no matching yardage. This is perfect! Thanks for posting this tutorial!

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  19. I really like this! I have a Hushabye charm pack that I was planning to turn into a disapearing nine-patch quilt for a friend expecting a baby later this month. Maybe I will try this instead, since I haven't started yet!

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  20. Great idea and tutorial. I just finished a D4P and this looks like a good follow-up.

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  21. Oh this is so pretty...great color choices. I can also see this being a great christmas quilt with just the right fabric!

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  22. This design has been on my list to make for a while. Great tute and it's inspired me to to get a move on and do my own.

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  23. Hellloooo Ryan, Pretty quilt! Need to try this out sometime, a cousin is expecting soon. It looks like it can be made very quick.

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  24. This is so great! I've been looking for a baby quilt pattern that is simple and fun - this is the one. :) Thanks for posting!

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  25. Wow I love your colour combinations, and the way this quilt looks.
    I was given your link by a friend in Australia and now you are one of my favourite blogs. Keep up the good work
    Thanks

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  26. what a beautiful quilt! thanks for the tutorial

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  27. This is a wonderful quilt - perfect for showcasing those modern prints. Thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

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  28. Where have you been all my life??? I have looked for something new and innovative. My grandbaby will love this!!!

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  29. SUPER cool quilt! And a great tutorial. The fact that you are a dude makes it even more awesome :D

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  30. I love this tutorial! I can't wait to try it out in one of my millions of "future quilts". Thanks for posting it!

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  31. Great tutorial!! I made my first quilt earlier this year (http://www.sasinteriors.net/2011/04/giving-birth-to-a-quilt-sewing-lingo-basics/) and it was an amazing accomplishment! Your quilt is so adorable. What size is it? I just came across your site through Stumble Upon and am your newest follower!

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

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  32. Hello

    First time visitor.. i really love the tutorial..Thanks for all you do for the quilting community. Will be back...

    Thanks again

    Tommy

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  33. I finally finished my quilt! I added it to your flickr pool. Thank you so much for the tutorial!
    Sue

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