Monday, September 28, 2015

Strippy Baby Quilt

The strippy baby quilt has been completed! This quilt was made for a baby shower being held today, which I found out about just a few days ago. The short time meant I needed to come up with a super quick quilt to make.

After looking around at various ideas on Pinterest, I decided to make a quilt-as-you-go strippy quilt. My main inspiration came from First I chose a focus fabric (the one on the left end) and a fabric for the backing (the monkey print.) Then I pulled one light print and five brights that coordinate well with the focus fabric.

I didn't have time to put together a whole tutorial and series of photos of my process, but the construction is a basic stitch-and-flip technique. I can tell you what sizes I cut the strips. These will make a quilt that measures 36" x 42.5".

Focus fabric:  Cut 4 strips @ 5" x 37"
Light fabric:   Cut 8 strips @ 2" x 37"
Brights:  Cut 1 strips from each fabric @ 3" x 37"

My backing and batting were both cut at 38" wide x 48" long. I laid the backing out wrong side up, then spread the batting over it. I marked a horizontal line across the center of the batting as a guideline for my first strips. I started at the center of the quilt with the red strip right side up and one light strip, wrong side up, with the two strips laid along the guideline. Stitch the strips down through all layers (batting and backing.) Press the light strip flat. 

Next lay another light strip wrong side up against the other edge of the red strip. Stitch light strip down, then press. Continue adding strips, working out toward both ends of the quilt. Once all the strips have been stitched down, you can square up the quilt, trimming along the four outer edges. Add a binding and your quilt is finished! 

I will be sharing this with the following linky parties.:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict 

Julie in GA


  1. Quick and easy, fun and bright! It's a cutie!

  2. What a sweet quilt! (And monkeys!!!)

  3. What a great selection of fabric to make a fun baby quilt. I bet the new mama will be (is?) thrilled to pieces over this.

  4. Simple is good and the brights are cheerful!

  5. Wow, this is such a great idea and I love the colors. I always do baby / kid quilts in bright primary colors.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love your choice of colors, this will be a much loved and used quilt!

  7. This is a great idea for a quick baby quilt. This one is cute as a button. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I have made several strippy quilts similar in look (Mary Johnson's pattern over at her Heartstrings blog), but never with the QAYG angle. Cool!

  9. Very colorful and bright. Love the colors and that backing fabric. Bet the expectant Mom loved it.

  10. What a GREAT baby gift!! and easy too. Yeah!

  11. Bright and happy baby quilt! Baby is going to love it. Thanks for sharing, Julie.

  12. So happy and colorful! Well done.
    Greetings from Germany!

  13. Perfect quick baby quilt! Thanks for linking it to Hands2Help!


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