I no longer have to keep this quilt a secret now that I’ve gifted it! 🙂 I made this sweet little baby quilt for my best friend Jackie who is due with a baby boy in a few weeks. Jackie and I have been friends since the 4th grade! I’m so blessed for all these wonderful memories and life events we have shared and continue to share with each other. I cannot wait to meet their baby boy!!!
I chose low volume prints for this quilt as I wasn’t sure what color the nursery would be. Low volume prints are fabric that primarily have lots of white background and softer tones. So if you’re unsure what the nursery colors are, or if you’re making a quilt as a gift or for a friend who might be picky with colors, low volume quilts are a great option because they come out looking more neutral.
To wrap the quilt I simply rolled it up like an egg roll and then tied a pretty bow with leftover scrappy binding.
My friend Jackie adores cats, hence all the cat fabric. Paige would not approve 😉 But I was sold when I saw the “hangry” cat. The fabric above is called Meow or Never – Catatude for Moda Fabrics. I purchased it HERE. The other fabrics were prints I’ve collected from my stash.
Also, Jackie’s cat’s name is George. And look! There’s George!
My son and I did a quick photo shoot this morning before I gifted the baby quilt. Simon of course kept photo-bombing all the photos, haha that ‘lil stinker.
I think he aspires to be an amazing quilt model like Ethan someday ;-p
Or perhaps he just really loves his big brother.
Ha! Mama has proof that they really do love each other. Years down the road when they’re fighting, I can whip out this photo.
I’m the luckiest to have such handsome quilt models don’t you think? 😉
The tutorial I used for this quilt is my Whimsy Quilt Tutorial from several years ago. However, I used 5″ squares instead of 8″.
That’s my eldest (below) modeling the Whimsy Quilt for his mama THREE years ago! I’ve had him trained since he could stand, haha!
This is a super duper fun tutorial. It’s quick and it’s very forgiving.
All you do is sew a 9-patch (3 x 3 squares), fold the block in half and then in half again (into quadrants), press with an iron to help define the folded lines, and then cut the folded lines to give you 4 blocks.
I just cut them as shown below, with no measuring or using a rotary cutter. I simply cut on the folded line.
As mentioned above, my Whimsy Quilt tutorial says to use 8″ squares, but for this baby quilt I decided to use 5″ squares. After sewing nine 5″ squares into a 9-patch (3×3), this will give a 14″ block finished. And then after you cut it into quadrants, you will get four 7″ blocks.
For this quilt I made eight 9-patch blocks. After cutting each block into quadrants, that gave me 32 blocks. This quilt was assembled using 30 of the 32 blocks, in a 5 x 6 formation (5 blocks per row, 6 rows). It measured about 33″ x 39.5″ finished which is a good baby quilt size. It’s a great size for throwing in the stroller or for on-the-go as it’s not too big.
For your reference, you can cut twelve 5″ squares from one fat quarter. So if you want to make this same size quilt, you will need at least 6 fat quarters for the quilt top.
For the backing you will need 1 yard.
For the binding you will need 1/4 yard. Though I made a scrappy binding using extra fabric that I had leftover.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Look at me blogging twice within a week.
And here I always thought that babies needed high contrast to focus on
I love everything about this quilt! Mama and baby will too!
Thank you, Janet! 🙂
Thanks for the tute. LOVE the low volume colors. The little models are just adorable. This little quilt will be loved for sure.
Thank you, Kathy! 🙂
What is the name of the cat fabric? Love the quilt!
Debbi, yes, I was wondering too. I love kitty fabric of all sorts.
I believe this is a new collection. Please share if you can, Jera ♥️♥️♥️
Thank you, Debbi! Unfortunately I don’t know who made the cat fabric with the names. I got that fabric in a bundle years ago and the selvage was trimmed off. But the other fabric with all the different cat moods, including hangry cat, is called “Meow or Never – Catatude” for Moda Fabrics. 🙂 I bought it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/486157909/moda-meow-or-never-by-erin-michael?ga_search_query=catatude&ref=shop_items_search_1
Jera, I love this little quilt for your best friend Jackie. I am sure she will be pleased!
Congratulations to her and her family, and thank you dear, for making and sharing. I need some of the fabric with the modeling kitties with their names below.
Your boys are so helpful and sweet.
Hi Rosemary, thank you for your kind comment! Unfortunately I don’t know who made the cat fabric with the names. I got that fabric in a bundle years ago and the selvage was trimmed off. But the other fabric with all the different cat moods is called “Meow or Never – Catatude” for Moda Fabrics. 🙂 I bought it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/486157909/moda-meow-or-never-by-erin-michael?ga_search_query=catatude&ref=shop_items_search_1
This is perfect. I am sure you friend will treasure for a long time.
Thank you! 🙂
Thank you, especially for valadation of my style of quilting! The “fold,press and cut with scissors” part:) Your quilt it fantastic… My quilts are always titled,,,”Finished is better than Perfect”,, but it’s a passion of mine:)) GB
I’m a fan of fun and fast quilting. 🙂 So long as it’s fun!
Darling quilt, perfect colors and prints, and how perfect to have Cat George included! I used these colors in our most recent grandson’s baby quilt. You’re so lucky to have your live-in models always ready for a shoot 🙂 Do you know that this old pic of Ethan is what drew me into following your blog way back when?
wow, maybe I should treat Ethan for being such a wonderful quilt model drawing in the crowds 😉 Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great week!
Beautiful quilt and so perfect to use low volume fabrics! You are one lucky mama to have such loving handsome boys!
Thank you, Kathy! 🙂
Such an adorable quilt – that’s one special gift! And your boys are just the sweetest -xAli
This quilt is so cute!! I love the low volume pretty fabrics you used. You’ve inspired me to make this pattern sometime. Thank you!
Lovely! A winner. Will definitely try this one. Thanks for posting.
This is beautiful. I like your choice of low volume prints. The kitty cat faces are darling. Thank you for sharing this 🙂
Wow. I love it. I just love it.
A lovely quilt.
I’m new to quilting and this looks like a great place to start! I’m just double checking…if I were to use pre cut charm packs, I would need two packages correct?
One of the cutest quilts I have ever seen!
What kind of fabric did you use? It’s not flat like standard cotton and I love what you used.
It looks like you used 9 different prints. Yes? And did you switch up the layout for each nine patch?