Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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,

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