TUTORIAL: Lily Pad Baby Quilt

This happy little quilt is based on the Fresh Flowers quilt by Karen. (You can see the original here: http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/fresh-flowers-quilt.html ) She kindly gave permission for me to resize it and write a tutorial for the design.  I just love the happy shape.  Hers uses a charm pack (5″ squares), a great alternative.  This one is based on 4″ squares.

LILY PAD

Finished size: 32-1/2″ 32-1/2″

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MATERIALS

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36 4″ squares.  Use scraps to give variety.  On this one I used 6 different fabrics in the six colors chosen to match the backing fabric.  I like doing that with baby quilts.

1/3 yard for the outer “strip” and binding (not shown in picture above)

1  yard background fabric

1-1/8  yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)

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CUTTING DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare your colored squares.  36 of them.
  • Background fabric:
    • 36 4″ squares
    • 4 2-1/2″x 9-1/2″ strips
    • 4 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strips
    • 4 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ strips
    • 2 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ strips
    • 2 1-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ strips
  • Colored Strip:
    • 4 1-1/2″x9-1/2″ strips
    • 4 1-1/2″x10-1/2″ strips
    • 4 2-1/4″xWOF for binding

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Pair the colored squares with background squares.  Draw a diagonal line across the back of the background square.  Stitch 1/4″ away from the line on each side.  Cut and iron open to create two half-square triangles. Do this 36 times.  It will create 72 half-square triangle blocks.

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2. Square up the half-square triangles to 3-1/2″ inches. Yes, this does matter.

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3. Lay it out in a pleasing arrangement.  You will notice that it is an arrangement of 8 by 8, plus 8 more in triangles outside the array.

4. Stitch the rows together.  I created strips and then sewed the strips together, nesting the seams for accurate piecing and to minimize bulk.

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5. Now you are going to create the first set of borders.  Sew the 1-1/2″x9-1/2″ colored strips to the 2-1/2″x9-1/2″ background strips.  Do this four times.

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6. Make a long border that uses a strip-background pair, two half square triangles in a pyramid shape, and a second strip-background pair. Make sure the colored strip is on the side that is at the base of the pyramid as shown below.  To this two times.

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7. Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt.

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8. Now, you are going to create the borders for the other two sides.  The technique is similar, but there are extra pieces. First, attach the 1-1/2″x2-1/2″ background pieces to the 1-1/2″x10-1/2″ colored strip.  Do this four times.

NOTE: I thought for sure that I had pictures of each step. I guess I was caught up in the creative process.  I’ll have to make another one sometime soon and do better on photography.

9. Stitch the pieced strip to the 2-1/2″x12-1/2″ background strips.  Double check first to make sure the small background  piece will end up on the outer end of the larger pieced unit and on the base of the triangle.  Yep, I had to use my seam ripper here when I didn’t double check. 🙂 Do this four times.

10. Again, Make a long border that uses a background-strip-background pair, two half square triangles in a pyramid shape, and a second background-strip-background pair. Make sure the colored strip is on the side that is at the base of the pyramid.  Do this two times.

11. Attach the borders to the sides of the quilt.  The colored strips should meet, giving a continuous look to the corners of the colored border.

12.  Attach the 1-1/2″x30-1/2″ background strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.

13.  Attach the 1-1/2″x32-1/2″ background strips to the sides of the quilt.

14. Ta-dah!  You have a finished quilt top.

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LILY PAD GALLERY

This is the first Lily Pad quilt I made, for a family in my neighborhood.

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Your beautiful creations shared here…

Another Baby. Another Quilt.

Yes, there are a lot of new babies around here.  This is just a quick little thing I threw together…

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Now that I am looking, it is similar to this Moda Bake Shop tutorial: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2015/06/sunset-ridge-quilt.html#more-30708  It is smaller and fitted to my taste (more color and less white, and the frame around the color) and my fabric–in this case, the orange and blue fabrics that came to me as irregularly cut “brick” scraps.

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After trimming down to a standard size and finding some additional friends, it seemed to be a quilt.  Ta-dah!  It is a quilt top.

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Now I want to make another one.  Heaven knows I’ve got the scraps and someone somewhere is bound to have a baby.

More Hugs

This is another Hundred Hugs quilt for another teaching colleague.  How nice of them to keep having babies so I have excuses to keep making quilts.

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Blue and green dominate with a little yellow for brightness and a little grey to make it more ocean-y.

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And there are turtles on the back.  You can’t go wrong with turtles.

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Finishes, even small finishes, feel good.

Another Baby

Another teacher at my school (actually, there are two of them right now) is having a baby.  Here is the quilt top.

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The pattern is Hundred Hugs in the tutorial section above. Just a lot of 2-1/2″ squares.  Most were already cut scrap in my squares bin.

Baby quilts are so satisfying–fun colors, quick to make, scrappy.  It doesn’t get any better!

That Baby Quilt

A car ride with Husband on Monday night gave me time to stitch down the binding, so That Baby Quilt is complete.  The inspiration came from here: http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com/2011/02/fresh-flowers-quilt.html

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Again the colors on the front were chosen to complement the back.

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The back itself is pieced to use up the last little scraps of the frog fabric.  We do what is necessary with really good fabric.

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I am so pleased and I hope the new family will be, too.

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Twin Pint Size Finish

The twin Pint Size quilts are finished.

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The “boy” version has scraps of green, yellow, red and brown.

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The “girl” version is green, yellow, pink and purple.

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It was an interesting challenge to use the same backing fabric for both and yet make them distinct.

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They will be delivered by Husband to his work in the near future.

If you are worried, “Will I like scrappy, or will it just be chaotic?” consider starting with a backing fabric you love.  Pick colors that stand out to you and then select pieces that match-but-not-too-closely.  If you look at these quilts you will see a wide range of each color, but they do coordinate.  The variety provides interest and texture only possible with scrappy fabrics.  And it really does work!