In each of our 2013 issues, we featured a quilt called a Big Block Baby Quilt. What is a Big Block Baby Quilt you might ask? Basically, just what it sounds like. We looked at each pattern in an issue and chose a block from one quilt that could be enlarged for a baby quilt. Why did we do this? Here are a couple of reasons:
1. Big Block Baby Quilts make quick and easy quilts for gifts or charity.
Go Baby! (40″ x 40″) from the Jan/Feb ’13 issue (No. 149). Fabric: Peak Hour by Kellie Wulfsohn of Don’t Look Now! for Riley Blake Designs. This quilt has large patches and units and can easily be made in a weekend! This quilt uses one enlarged block from Lavender Bouquet.
Zoo Parade (48″ x 48″) from the March/April ’13 issue (No. 150). Fabric: Alligator Tails by Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet for Red Rooster Fabrics. Kits are available for a limited time at quiltandsewshop.com. This quilt uses 4 enlarged blocks from Majestic Garden and a fun border stripe.
Sunshiny Day (48″ x 48″) from the July/August ’13 issue (No. 152). Fabric: Hello Sunshine by Lori Whitlock and Basic Shades, all from Riley Blake Designs. This quilt uses one enlarged block from Golden Sunset.
2. They’re a great way to use large prints or novelty fabrics.
Space Place (48″ x 48″) from the Sept/Oct ’13 issue (No. 153). Fabric: Out of This World fro P&B Textiles (kits are available for a limited time at quiltandsewshop.com). This quilt uses one enlarged block from Scattered Leaves.
On the Farm (49″ x 49″) from the Nov/Dec ’13 issue (No. 154). Fabric: Old McDonald by Deborah Edwards and Animal Alphabet by Cheri Strole, both for Northcott. This quilt uses one enlarged block from Frozen Friends.
So, if you’re looking for some ideas for quick quilts for babies or charity, here are 6 quilts that work up quickly. Be sure to check them out! I made all 6 of these and each was made in less than a weekend! And, if you need a quilt that’s a little larger, why not sew 4 blocks for a nice throw?