Hi, GO! Getters! It’s Gina from Gem Hill Quilts! As quilters, one of projects we tackle on short notice is that cute little baby quilt for the new arrival! While it can be a truly joyful time, it can also be very challenging time-wise, especially if you get the news at a busy time like the holidays. So, sometimes, a simple design, in pretty colors, is the best way forward.
The project this month can be used as a baby quilt or a wonderful wall hanging for a loved one who loves sailboats. It has a simple layout and a simple block. So, it can be finished before that baby arrives! I thought of a nautical theme and the block I used here is easy to put together and instantly reminds you of a sailboat!
The quilt is primarily blue with a touch of white and grey and a small accent of red, orange and yellow. I had to put a fun and unique sailboat among the many!
To cut the pieces for this quilt, I used the GO! Qube Mix and Match 8” Block as well as the GO! Qube 8” Companion Set – Angles. While I have been happily using the GO! Qube Mix and Match 8" Block for a while now, this was the first time for me to use the GO! Qube 8" Companion Set - Angles.
It has four angled shapes including the Trapezoid shape that we will use for this project. Like other GO! Qubes, it also includes a cutting mat, an instructional DVD, block patterns and a booklet that includes instructions on how best to cut these shapes! Do read the section describing how to cut the Trapezoid shape.
Also needed are 1/2 yard for Binding, 1 ¼ yard Backing and 42” x 42” Batting.
Sew a Gray triangle with a White triangle to make a larger triangle. Make 35 Gray/White triangles.
Then, sew a Blue triangle onto one side of a Dark Blue trapezoid to make a triangle. Make 35 Blue/Dark Blue triangles.
Sew a Gray/White triangle with a Blue/Dark Blue triangle to complete a Block that should measure 4 ½ square. Make 35 Blocks.
To create the Accent Block, sew an Orange and a Yellow triangle together to make a larger triangle. Then, sew a Blue triangle onto one side of a Red trapezoid to make a triangle. Then, sew the Orange/Yellow triangle with the Blue/Red triangle to make the Accent Block.
That's it for the block construction. Wasn't that a breeze?!
The blocks in this quilt are placed on point. Sometimes, this can be confusing so laying the quilt out step by step is important.
First, layout the Blocks and the Accent Block, on point, in a 6 x 6 setting. The pictures below shows how you would start laying out the quilt.
Then, place the Blue squares to fill in between the blocks.
Finally, place Blue squares, on point, along the edges of the layout.
Sew units within each diagonal row together. Then, sew the rows together to create a rectangular quilt center.
Press seams away from the longest diagonal row. This would mean that all the units along the edges of the layout will be pressed as shown.
Layer the quilt top with the batting and the backing to create a quilt sandwich. Baste with pins or temporary adhesive spray.
Machine quilt as desired! Here are a couple of free-motion motifs I used in the quilt, both meant to look like "waves". I used a variegated thread.
It is important to baste along the edges of the quilt within a 1/4” of the outermost point of the Blocks. The quilt edge will be along the bias on this square and basting will stabilize the fabric so it does not stretch.
Then, measure out 1/4” away from the outermost point of the Blocks and trim quilt edges.
Prepare the binding strips and attach the binding to the last 1/4” along the edge of the quilt. This way, you don't cut off the points on the Blocks.
This is one fun quilt to make! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
One more thing: Here is a fun candy wreath with an attached pair of scissors to help you take the candy!
Enjoy your holidays!