TUTORIAL: Build-A-Baby Quilt

The block is a Carpenter’s Star, sized specifically for baby. You can cut scraps or use that charm pack that has been languishing on a shelf. Enjoy!



36″ x 36″


I used 16 different orange and green fabrics to give it a scrappy vibe, but less variety, a charm pack, or even using two different colors will work.  Just know that for the purposes of this quilt we will call orange  “Fabric 1” and green “Fabric 2.”  Hopefully that will help you keep them straight.


1 yard background fabric–white here.  You will have some leftover

backing (1-1/8 yard)

batting (at least 40″ square)

binding (1/3 yard, if you use 2-1/4″ width)

16 5″ squares of Fabric 1

16 5″ squares of Fabric 2


1. From background fabric cut: 16  4-1/2″ squares, 16 5″ squares, two strips 2-1/2″ x 32-1/2″, two strips 2-1/2″ x 36-1/2″.

2. If you haven’t already got your charms, you need 16 5″ squares of each “color”–Fabric 1 and Fabric 2.


1. Select 8 squares of Fabric 1 and 8 squares of Fabric 2.  You will build Half-Square Triangles (HST).  You can use your favorite method.  Mine is to mark a line on the diagonal and sew two seams 1/4″ off the center line, then cut in half and iron open to create two HST blocks.  You can get more details on how to do that HERE.

2. Using the remaining 8 squares of Fabric 1 and 8 5″ background squares, make more HST blocks.

3. One more time!  Using the remaining 8 squares of Fabric 2 and 8 5″ background squares, make more HST blocks.

4.  Now you are all done building HST blocks.  You should have48 in all.


5. Square up the HST blocks to 4-1/2″.  This ensures accurate piecing and is worth the time you spend.  You can get more information on how to do this HERE.


6. Lay out the HST blocks and the 4-1/2″ background squares in the Carpenter’s Star pattern.  You can find a really good diagram HERE, except that I put background squares in the corner, not squares of Fabric 1.


7. Assemble the blocks into strips and then sew the strips together to assemble the center star. Press.

8.  Attach the two 2-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ background pieces to the sides.  Press. Attach the two 2-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ background pieces to the top and bottom.  Press.


9. Sandwich, quilt, bind and label as desired. I used some simple echo quilting around the star pattern and some curved quilting in the center and corners.  Nothing too fancy, but it will hold those layers together.  The binding is a medium mossy green to match Fabric 2.


10. Ta-dah!  You have a finished Build-A-Baby Quilt.  Well done!


NOTICE:  I chose a backing fabric that I loved and matched  the colors for the top with it.  If you are new to scrappy or just like a little help with color work, this is a great method.  If you love the back, you will love the quilt.

If you want more of the story about this particular quilt, which was designed and built specifically for W. Rockwell T., my third grandchild, you can read it HERE.



“Adina’s Quilt” made with Tonga Treats fabric by Cindy L.

adina's quilt

Moira made this version.


…your beautiful creation HERE!

14 thoughts on “TUTORIAL: Build-A-Baby Quilt

  1. I love it and it is so simple..i have to ask my grand daughter what colors she wants me to make them…she is having twins in Feb…I made her 100 Hugs for the first baby—Elloise—so I will use this pattern for the next ones..you have such good tutorials…

  2. Just wanted to thank you for sharing both your story and the tutorial, especially since they are so close to your heart.

  3. Super! I have some charm squares around here – actually, I might use one of Fran’s Halloween ones I brought home! So cute. That will be next week’s project. =) As always, so clear and simple when you lay it out.

  4. Easy Peasy.. Love it. Am printing it out. I am in baby mode so this is delightfully simple to do. I love simple. Love the colors too. Think I have some almost like them. HMM. Have to check it out.. Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. This is great and simple = it will get made. LOL Thank you for sharing this idea. Will get out my charms and have fun.

  6. Absolutely love your tutorial. It is amazing and so clear to understand for this newbie quilter. Love it, love it, love it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. As a beginning quilter this tutorial makes it sound so easy. Can’t wait to try. Have a new cousin that will consider me her grandmother so have been making quilts and burp cloths like crazy.
    Again thank you and please continue sending your tutorials.

    Ginger from Texas

  8. This is just gorgeous, will start today as I am trying to use all my bits and pieces which have been accumulating for years! Made a gorgeous pineapple lap quilt for my good friend who is house bound that used lots of leftovers so am very happy and so is she! Thank you for the lovely pattern!

  9. I made a queen size Carpenter Star for a wedding present for a special couple & now they are having a boy in June so I think I will make this smaller version for him. I just need to find the perfect fabric!

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