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Project

Simple Baby Quilt

This charming baby quilt is an easy-to-make gift, and great for new moms.

Introduction

Resources
Martha used "Entertaining Elephants" fabric by Alexander Henry Fabrics, available from Purl Soho; Quilter's Dream Select cotton batting; and a Pfaff Quilt Expression Sewing Machine. 

Materials

  • 1 1/4 yards printed decorative quilt fabric
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Quilt batting
  • 1 1/4 yards woven flannel
  • Bent safety pins (sold with quilting supplies) or needle and thick thread
  • Masking tape
  • 1 yard solid cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a square from the decorative fabric, a little bigger than you intend for the finished quilt. We used the measurement of the width of the fabric and made a 44-by-44-inch square.

  2. Step 2

    Place the square of fabric (the "quilt top") on top of a layer of quilt batting. Place fabric and batting on top of a piece of woven flannel. Make sure batting and flannel are a few inches bigger than decorative fabric.

  3. Step 3

    Use safety pins to "baste" the quilt (hold layers in place temporarily). You can also baste the quilt by sewing long loose running stitches through the layers, spaced several inches apart.

  4. Step 4

    Lay a piece of masking tape diagonally (corner to corner) across the top of the quilt. Line up the tape with the edge of the sewing machine presser foot, and use the tape as a guide to stitch across the quilt. We used stitch No. 52 on the Pfaff, which looks like a hand-quilted stitch.Tip: To keep stitching secure, start sewing just off the top fabric (in the batting), and end just off the top fabric on the other end.

  5. Step 5

    Remove masking tape, line it up against line just stitched, and stitch another line in the same way; repeat, moving from the center out to the corners.

  6. Step 6

    When the quilt is completely machine-quilted, trim off extra batting and flannel around edges of top fabric, and trim the quilt to size, if necessary.

  7. Step 7

    Cut 3 and 3/4-inch strips of solid fabric for the binding, and sew together end-to-end to make one long strip that is at least 5 yards long. Press the strip in half lengthwise.

  8. Step 8

    Pin raw edges of strip to raw edges of quilt, all the way around on the back of the quilt (flannel side). Sew the binding to edge of quilt with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, mitering the corners.

  9. Step 9

    Flip the binding over the raw edge of the quilt, and sew the folded edge to the front of the quilt with a decorative stitch. We used stitch No. 55 on the Pfaff, which is a faux blanket stitch.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008

Reviews (11)

  • Granna 24 Feb, 2009

    Linda B., there are a lot of sewing sites that will help you to miter a corner. Try: http://www.geocities.com/quiltfrenzy/miter.html

  • joroma 24 Feb, 2009

    When sewing on the diagonal, sew one way, then be sure to turn the quilt around and sew in the other direction. I made a quilt similar to this one and sewed all of it in the same direction and it turned out so so crooked and ruined.

  • KJMsn 23 Feb, 2009

    I make a simpler version. Two coordinating flannel squares, round the corners using a big bowl as a template, sew right sides together leaving 6" for turning, trim seam at rounded corners, turn, press, topstitch 1/4" from edge. Easy, cuddly, always appreciated gift.

  • lyndaB 23 Feb, 2009

    i would have liked to observe the mitered corner and how that was done.

  • letterwoman 23 Feb, 2009

    I have this exact model of Pfaff sewing machine and my stitch #52 doesn't do the hand quilted stitch that Martha shows in the video. It looks like just a heavier regular straight stitch. Has anyone else tried this stitch on their Pfaff machine?

  • rozzissweetpeas 23 Feb, 2009

    As a NICU RN we are always in need of pretty quilts and blankets for our littlest patients beds, isolettes. thanks this is perfect. rozzi

  • rozzissweetpeas 23 Feb, 2009

    Beautifully simple...as a NICU RN we are always in need of beautiful blankets and quilts for our littlest patients. thank you rozzi

  • avonlady94 23 Feb, 2009

    You can also check to see if there's a Project Linus group in your area. They collect and distribute quilts, afghans, etc. to children (not just babies) that are in the hospital. It's a great organization.

  • Jillma 22 Feb, 2009

    Many hospitals give blankets to newborns (here in Cinci, Good Sams gives a blanket to each baby inthe NICU) - if you like to sew, find a place for quilts to be donated - even a woman's shelter --

  • erikwithak 22 Feb, 2009

    Why don't you make one for the Holidays...to toss on the sofa?! They are prettier than just a blanket!

  • Marycassells 22 Feb, 2009

    This sounds tempting. Sadly I do not have any babies in my life.