Woven Ladybug Garden, Quilt as You Go, Baby Blanket
Posted by JessicaO on Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Ladybugs and Flowers Dance In and Out on this Quick and Easy, Quilt as You Go, Baby Blanket.
I can't help smile when I see the cute little ladybugs dancing up and down this fun, brightly colored baby quilt. With this quilt as you go technique you can have this whipped out in no time at all, making this pattern great for beginners and quick for you seasoned quilters. Using Riley Blake precuts speeds up the process even more.
1: 2.5" Ladybug Garden Rolie Polie (quilt top) We will use 12 of these strips.
1 ¼ Yard Cream (background)
1/2 Yard Red Ladybug Petal (Binding)
1 1/4 Yard White Ladybug Flowers (Backing)
45 X 45 inch square of batting
Standard Sewing Supplies
Press all fabrics to make sure all folds and wrinkles have been removed. When pressing do not wiggle the your iron. Wiggling your iron will stretch and distort your fabric, especially the 2.5" Rolie Polie.
Starting with the backing fabric fold it in half and mark the center on the fold.
Continue by folding the batting in half and marking.
Repeat for the background fabric.
Now find a space large enough to tape the backing fabric right-side down and flat. I use my kitchen floor.
Use the middle mark on the backing fabric to match the middle mark of the batting. Smooth the batting to make sure it lays flat.
Repeat to match middle marking of batting to background fabric with backing fabric right-side up.
You should now have all three materials stacked starting at the bottom: Backing fabric, Batting and then Background fabric.
Mark background fabric on all four sides at:
6.25", 12.5", 18.75", 25", 31.25" and 37.5"
Use these marks for placing your 2.5" fabric strips. Start at mark 6.25" and lay strip #1 on this first mark. Take strip #2 and lay it perpendicular to strip #1 at mark 6.25". Using strip # 3 use mark 12.5" and lay it under strip #1. Continue to place strips on the marks and weave them over and under as you go.
Pin at each strip beginning, ending and intersection as you go. This will help secure your lines and keep the strips in place as you weave.
This is what the quilt looks like when all the strips have been placed and pinned.
Move to the sewing machine.
Using a walking presser foot will help move all the bulk of the quilt at an even pace to avoid wrinkles and bumps in your strips.
I like to use a squiggle stitch and a variegation thread. This combination helps hide any missed stitches and crooked lines.
I like to use a 1/2" seam allowance when I make these quilts. I'm sure a 1/4" seam would be OK too, but the 1/2" just seems so much more secure to me.
Pick one side of the quilt to start with. I chose the green strip. First sew up one side strip #1 and then turning the whole quilt 160 degrees, sew down the same strip #1. Move to strip #2 on the same side of the quilt. Repeat until all 6 strips have been sewn on both sides where the "rough" edge is.
Once you have all the strips going up and down, turn the whole quilt 90 degrees and start going up and down this side of the quilt.
Now all the strips are sewn into place your ready to add the binding!
Make sure you take it out and give it a good shake. The rough edges will ruffle up a bit and continue to ruffle and get softer with use.
If you would like to purchase a kit for this quilt visit my Etsy shop!
Thanks for taking the time to look at this quilt! I love what I do and hope you do too!