Project Design Team Wednesday~1 Hour Baby Blanket

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

I love being at the Riley Blake Design Blog!  I know you will love what I am going to share with you today!
I wanted to make a special friend a baby quilt, but I am not a big fan of the whole binding part of quilt making.  So I tried my hand at a bindless baby quilt and to my surprise this it only took my 1 hour to make…start to finish! 
1-hour Baby Blanket
1 yard Madhuri Diamond Red
1 1/2 yards Basic Shades-Bubble Gum
1 1/2 yards of white flannel (I used this instead of batting)
Matching pink and green scraps for the diamonds
Clear thread

Baby Blanket 1
Step 1: Cut 5 inches from the top of the Madhuri Diamonds.
Step 2: Cut a 3 inch strip of the bubble gum fabric making sure your strips is the width of the Madhuri.  You will sew this 3 inch strip to the top of the large pieces of the diamond fabric.  Then sew the 5 inch strip of the diamond fabric to the bubble gum strip.  This creates your quilt top.
Bindless Baby Quilt3
Step 3: Lay your backing (Bubble Gum Fabric) down right side up.  Lay you quilt top right side down on top of the backing.  Lay the flannel (or batting) on top of the back of your quilt top.  Square it off by making sure all sides are straight and equal length.

baby quilt in a day 4
Step 4: Pin all the way around except for about a 5 inch opening at the top.
Baby Quilt TutorialStep 5: Starting at one end of the 5 inch opening, sew around the quilt stopping at the other end of the 5 inch opening. (1/4” seam allowance).
clip the corners
Step 6: Clip the corners.  Turn the quilt right side out using the 5 inch opening.
Pin it together
Step 7: Iron the entire quilt nice and flat. Turn the raw edges of your opening under 1/4 inch and press with hot iron. Pin the edges together.
Top stitch blanket
Step 8: Starting at the pins sew a 1/8” top stitch all the way around the quilt.
Step 9: Cut 3 coordinating diamonds from your scrap stash (or get some perfectly matching fat quarters at the fabric store).  I made my diamonds bigger than the pink strip.  Pin the two outside diamonds in place; sew around using your clear thread. This not only looks super cute, but it helps tack both sides of the quilt together while giving the blanket a quilted look. Lastly, sew on the middle diamond.
Clear Thread sewing
Step 10: Just to complete the quilted look, I sewed around random diamonds in the Madhuri fabric with my clear thread.
Diamond Patterns
Step 11: Iron it really good, fold it up and give to baby!
Baby quilt tutorial

I think she likes it!  I loved sewing this and plan to make many more! It was so easy; even a timid sewist can make this quilt!
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  1. Pretty clever and darned cute!!
    by kaholly
    August 21st, 2013 at 2:59 a.m.
  2. Did you turn the edges of the diamonds before sewing them on the quilt?
    by Joyce
    August 21st, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
  3. It is really pretty! Can't imagine only one hour! This is definately on my to do/can do list!!! Thanks for sharing it!
    by Brenda McNeil
    August 21st, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.
  4. Cute! Love this idea!
    by Brandy
    August 21st, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.
  5. Beautiful baby and clever cute quilt
    by Spidernunna
    August 21st, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.
  6. LOVE IT! How simple yet so cute.
    by Ronda
    August 21st, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  7. Very very cute. I am going to make this. Did you press the diamond edges under before you sewed them on the quilt or did you just sew down the raw edge? The diamonds look nice and crisp and finished though.
    by Jean
    August 21st, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.
  8. Beautiful!! And so easy to make. Gives me some good ideas. Thanks.
    by Barbara
    August 21st, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.
  9. Nice job, can't wait to make one. sounds so easy. Thanks for the pattern/......
    by Mary
    August 21st, 2013 at 8:29 p.m.
  10. I love it and the fact that you used the flannel in the middle means that it does not have to be quilted every few inches. I like to make a quilt for baby showers at church and this will be on my list for one soon. Thanks so much.
    by Janie Marks
    August 21st, 2013 at 9:24 p.m.
  11. Wonderful project and beautiful baby!
    by Elizabeth Johnson
    August 21st, 2013 at 9:28 p.m.
  12. This is really really bright and cute and super easy. This would be a great way to make quick quilts for a children's charity!
    by Peggy
    August 21st, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.
  13. What about the raw edges of the diamonds? Won't they shred and take away from the professional look of the quilt?
    by Peg
    August 21st, 2013 at 9:50 p.m.
  14. I have done some quilts like this in the past. But never thought of doing a design on top of it with cut outs and the Clear thread love this Idea. We are going to be having several babies being born here soon between my Daughter, Niece and my Daughters Friends. I am going to use this idea.
    by deana
    August 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 a.m.
  15. This looks darling and seems easy enough to make. I will give it a try since I have three new little grand daughters that have come into our family.
    by Vanessa
    August 22nd, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.
  16. What a cute idea. Great for a last minute gift!!!
    by Kelli
    August 22nd, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.
  17. Thanks Becky for a great tutorial. Such a quick and easy project that look fabulous. Love the cute baby photo.
    by Susan
    August 22nd, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.
  18. Lovely! easy and quicly!
    by Marli
    August 27th, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
  19. Hi Ladies, I didn't turn the diamond edges under. I like the raw edge look, but if you want a more crisp look you can certainly do the turned applique. I am so glad you like the tutorial!
    by Becky @ U Create Crafts
    October 07th, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.

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