LET US PREFACE THIS POST: Be sure to iron your fabric with spray starch before cutting AND make sure your seams are truly 1/4". If not, your quilt will not measure up correctly. If you are a beginning quilter, check the position of your needle and make a note of where you set it so all seams will measure correctly.
The pattern given uses 1/4 inch seams, the measurements are for CUTTING fabric, which includes seam allowance.
Fabric from JoAnns gets a bad rap, even from me! I normally only buy from joanns for one of the following uses:
-The back of quilts
-Minky (because let's face it, it's CHEAP)
-Flannel for jammies or pillow cases
But when it comes to my quilts, I've become a fabric snob, you can definitely feel the difference from joanns fabric and the overpriced fabric at the quilt store (OK maybe it's not overpriced, but I spend A LOT of money there!).
This quilt happened when my mom was in town and I needed to make a baby quilt ASAP since I would soon be going out of town as well. I knew I wanted this design since I saw it on pinterest (love the pinterest, I'm trying to get them to hire me as a professional pin tester). I knew that I needed 7 strips of fabric and some white. Shouldn't be too hard right! Unless you're me and you're very picky about what you buy. I found a couple cute prints and settled on the elephants since they're super adorable! Plus I love the grey with blue, orange, and green. I wanted stripes and polka dots, but that was proving to be challenging at joanns. They are (or were) quite limited on the stripe/polka dot selection. I finally decided on 6 other fabrics, and got 1/4 yard of each, except the green, I got a little extra since I knew I wanted it for binding. Then I grabbed some off-white... it had little vines of flowers or something in the print, but once I had the batting and back on, I couldn't even tell. My mom and I put it together in about and hour, and then we machine quilted it. I love machine quilting really small projects. Big projects.... That's another post for another day. This was easy since we just did lines, which is a look I really, really like. It's simple, cute, and best of all, I didn't have to pay to have this quilted!!! Binding on, washed and dried, and we had a SUPER CUTE & SIMPLE baby quilt!
Oh I should mention that I did NOT use a pattern for this. I started quilting about 13 months ago, and after about 3 quilts I stopped buying patterns. YES it is a lot harder to have to think about measurements, and seams, and how much fabric needed. This pattern might not be perfect since my mom and I just kind of figured it out, but here are the measurements.
You will need 1/4 yard of 7 different fabrics, 3/4 yard of white, 1/2 yard for the binding, and about 1 2/3 yards for the back and batting
For your WHITE
4 white strips 1 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches
7 whites 1 1/2 x 27/1/2 inches
9 white strips 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
In your color fabric you need
6 fabrics 6 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
the same 6 fabrics cut 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches for the block on the right side of the quilt
1 fabric for your vertical strip 6 1/2 x 41 1/2 inches
43 1/2 x 43 1/2
I ended up being in love with this quilt (even with joanns fabric) and this is a pattern I would definitely use again!
I have seen many versions of this quilt, if you use this pattern to make one, I would LOVE to see it! I love how quilters can take a pattern, but turn it into something completely unique and their own! Please post any pics!