Sunday, January 22, 2012

Four's a Charm Baby Quilt - Fabric Requirements

Looking for a fun and easy baby quilt pattern? Well, look no further. I call this Four's a Charm because it's four patches made from a charm pack. Get it? Of course you do. Moving on...

This project is ideal if you're new to quilting. I'll give step by step instructions as we go. And please feel free to leave questions or comments.

The finished quilt is 40" square.

Fabric requirements:
  • 36 - 5"squares, either from a charm pack or bust some scraps - I'm using Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda
  • 1 yard Kona Cotton in Coal (you really only need 28", but I rounded up a bit) or sashing/border fabric of your choice
  • 1 1/4 yards backing fabric. Measure the backing fabric. It must be a minimum of 42" wide. If it's not at least that wide, be prepared to piece the back.
  • 1/3 yard binding fabric or you can squeeze by with 1/4 yard if you opt for 2 1/4" binding

You'll also need:
  • Crib size quilt batting. I typically buy the organic cotton kind from Poly-fil/Fairfield
  • Cotton thread
  • A rotary cutter, self-healing cutting mat, and a long clear acrylic ruler
  • Pins
  • Basting spray (I like 505 Spray Adhesive best) or quilting safety pins 
  • If machine quilting, you will need either a darning or stippling foot if you're planning to do free motion quilting, or a walking (a.k.a. even feed foot) if you're planning to do straight line quilting. A 1/4" piecing foot really is really helpful, but it's not a requirement.
  • Oh, and a sewing machine and an iron come in handy, too! ;)

 This pattern is really very simple. It's contrast that makes it interesting. Keep this in mind as you select your block and sashing fabrics. Remember that contrast can be achieved either by pairing complementary colors or via value. For more about this see my post called Color Theory 101. And when in doubt, ivory looks good with just about everything.

Get your fabrics together. We'll start cutting shortly.


Link to Four's a Charm Page


  1. Psh... you don't need a sewing machine to quilt what are you talking about. but that aside this quilt is super super cute. I love the idea of using charm packs +solid to make a baby quilt.

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