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WOF = Width of Fabric

Diagonal Strips Baby Quilt Pattern

Quilt Size: 50" x 50"

1 yard of a main multi-coloured fabric for the larger garden novelty print border.

yard of a darker accent fabric for the small accent border

12~3" wide WOF strips of Fabric - Choosing matching tone on tone blue and green fabrics that match the main print.

Scraps of fabrics that match the main print for the flowers.

Tip: It's helpful to use the coloured dots on the selvage of your main border print to choose the flower and background fabics.

You build this quilt from the center out, and there is no strict way of doing it.

Build a Garden Quilt Background

1. Take your 3" WOF background strips and lay them out (as in the picture above) from dark to light. When you have the layout you like, stitch the strips end to end [Machine Piecing Basics].

Press the seams open.

2. Sew the strips together, beginning from the center outward. Press the seams open.

3. Cut the background into a square, with 90* corners. My background cut down to 36" by 36".

4. Cut 4~1¾" wide full strips from the darker accent border fabric.
Sew them [Plain Border] to the outer edges of the centre.
Tip: With the quilt on top of the border, place a pin at each seam, and stitch the edges of the center.
Press the seams together, toward the border.
Trim to 1¼", as per instructions.

5. Cut 5~6¾" wide WOF strips from the main multi-coloured fabric. Cut the fifth border strip in half and stitch to the ends of two of the longer strips, to make the top and bottom borders into longer strips.
Sew
them [Plain Border] to the outer edges of the centre.
Press the seams together, toward the smaller accent border.

6. Prepare your flowers and butterflies for your quilt using the Raw-edge Appliqué method [Applied Patch Appliqué].

Request the free Flower & Butterfly Templates here

Getting the Flowers ready

I used one of each design, but you could increase the amount of flowers and add leaves (included with the templates) to create your own unique design.

7. Baste the shapes where you choose to place them.

Close up of basting

8. Stitch them to the quilt, with matching embroidery floss, as part of the quilting process - through all of the layers.

Close up of the embroidery floss quilting

 

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