Project Design Team Wednesday~Monogram Baby Quilt

Posted by administrator on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Hello fellow fabric lovers! My name is Amy Smart and I write about my fabric addiction adventures at a blog called Diary of a Quilter. I'm so excited to get to be a part of the Riley Blake Design team and share my first team tutorial with you today.
This tutorial is for a simple monogram baby quilt. With so many great large scale fabrics available, you can create a simple baby quilt, letting the design motifs do all the work for you.  By adding a simple monogram embellishment you can both personalize the quilt and give the quilt added design detail. Today I'm going to show you two variations on this design to create a 41" x 54" crib-sized quilt.
Supplies for Quilt 1:
  • 1 1/2 yard of fabric for front (I used Riley Blake's large Gray Chevron)
  • 1 5/8 yard for backing (I used Aqua Marine)
  • fat quarter for circle (I used Aqua )
  • fat quarter for letter (I used Charcoal)
  • batting (I used Pellon Legacy White cotton batting)
  • 1/2 yard for binding (I used Charcoal)
Supplies Quilt 2 (with stripe):
  • 1 3/8 yard fabric for front (I used Mystique Black Petal by Lila Tueller)
  • 1/6 yard fabric for stripe (I used Mystique Gray Stripe by Lila Tueller)
  • 1 5/8 yard cotton fabric for back (I used 60" wide minkie and needed 1 3/8 yards)
  • fat quarter for circle (I used Peony)
  • fat quarter for letter (I used Charcoal)
  • batting 
  • 1/2 yard for binding (I used Charcoal)
Cut a 15" circle out of thin cardboard. (Cereal boxes work perfectly.) From your circle fabric, use the 15" template as a guide and cut a circle at least 3/4" bigger than template all the way around. (Hint: If you are working with a light colored circle fabric that will go on top of a dark, patterned  background fabric, you may want to use interfacing so that the patterned fabric will not show through when you applique the circle to the front.)
Using a needle and sturdy thread, sew a large running stitch all the way around the circle, about 1/4" away from the edge.
Carefully pull thread to gather edges around the cardboard edge.

Bring circle to your ironing board and spray edges with starch. (You may want to put a dish cloth on your ironing board so your cover doesn't get gucked up with starch.) Press the edges so that you have a nice, clean edge all around your circle. Don't remove cardboard yet.

To create your monogram, choose a font on your computer and increase the font size so that it's about 10". Print the letter. (Hint: using a bold, chunky font is easier to work with. Ask me how I know this.) Using Wonder Under (the thinnest, lightest kind), trace the letter onto the paper side in the reverse. (You might want to tape your letter backwards to a window or light box and then trace letter backward.) Fuse Wonder Under to the back side of your monogram fabric.

Cut out monogram and peal off paper side of the Wonder Under. Carefully center letter on top of your circle and iron into place. Remove card board and take monogram to your sewing machine to either top stitch or satin stitch around the raw edges.

Take your pressed monogram circle and place it where ever you desire on your top fabric. (I chose about 3/4 of the way down and 1/4 of the way from the right side.) Carefully pin in place.

Carefully top stitch around the outside edge of the circle.
To create the quilt top with the "stripe" you will cut your main print into two pieces: One measuring 36" and the other measuring 13".  From your "stripe" fabric, cut a piece 6.5" (6" if you only bought 1/6 yard - either is fine). Sew the stripe fabric between the 36" and the 13" piece using 1/4" seams.
Use the same method as above to create the circle monogram. On this one I satin-stitched around the letter because it was thinner and needed more reinforcement. 
Once your monogram is in place, square off the selvage edges plus about 1/2" of the front side of your quilt. This will help when you go to create your quilt sandwich with the front, back and batting, the backing fabric will be visible from the front on all four sides.
Then quilt the top as desired. These two quilts were quilted for me by Melissa Kelly.  We decided to use the chevron as a guide for the quilting on this one, but changed the look in the circle to reemphasize the monogram. I love the pebble quilting she chose. 
When the quilting is done, square off the batting and binding fabric to prepare the quilt for binding. Cut 5 strips 2 1/2" wide from your binding fabric and sew them together end to end. Binding tutorial here

And there you go! A quick project for your new favorite baby! Thanks again for having me. I'm excited to be back often :)

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Great monogram project, soooooo cute!!, glad we use same materials for patterns(big G cereal boxes, great !!). I even have the big boxes storing my 8.5 x 11 patterns. Need to cover with cute paper though!
    by Cyndi
    February 12th, 2013 at 11:52 p.m.
  2. So cute Amy! I love how this shows off the beautiful fabric, while still being thoughtful and hand made. xoxo
    by Amy
    February 12th, 2013 at 11:57 p.m.
  3. Amy, you are remarkable! Awesome job...yet again!
    by Becky @ Ucreate
    February 13th, 2013 at 1:56 a.m.
  4. muy linda idea ! gracias por compartirla ;)
    by Barbara
    February 13th, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.
  5. These are so precious!! Sometimes the simplest quilts are the most gorgeous. Thanks.
    by Mitzi
    February 13th, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.
  6. I love the way you "keep it real" with the Kix box template. That is just what the rest of us would do! Bravo on the darling quilt!
    by Karee
    February 19th, 2013 at 7:50 p.m.
  7. I think you meant "peel", not "peal". Cute design. I especially love the contrast of the chevrons with the circle.
    by Speattle
    March 01st, 2013 at 3:09 p.m.
  8. Thanks for creative solution to label the white towels my husband and two sons share. I heard boys arguing about whose towel was whose--said they wished they had names on them--so glad I can do this without spending money!
    by smackender
    December 23rd, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

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