Don’t you just love projects that are so simple that you can make them in a day? This Turnstile Quilt block baby quilt is one of those projects! It’s so quick to sew that I ended up making two. It would make a great beginner quilt project. Keep reading to find out more about this and a few other free baby quilt patterns!
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Many of you may know that I’m a twin mom. My twins (boy/girl) are now 16 so we are pretty far in our life from the “baby” stage but I still have not forgotten the joys and challenges that come with taking care of two babies at the same time.
Our twins came after a few years of struggling to get pregnant. Our oldest was 5 years old when we were right in the “throws” of the struggle and I think was about to disown us if we didn’t get her a younger brother or sister soon.
Little did she know that a brother AND a sister were on their way and she would remark at a later point in her childhood that they, “ruined her life”. Thankfully they are all older now, and no one thinks anyone “ruined their life” anymore.
Turnstile Block Free Baby Quilt Pattern:
A friend of mine recently welcomed twin girls after years of struggle. To celebrate, I did what I know how to do best, make something. I stitched up two simple baby quilts using my Wonderland Two line of fabrics.
The quilts were super simple to piece, so making two at once was not a big deal. I debated about making the quilts EXACTLY alike and decided not to. Having twins myself I know that sometimes you need CLEAR boundaries of what belongs to who.
Instead, I made the quilts mirror images of each other. One was white with pink blocks and the other was pink with white blocks. I then also backed them in opposite colors of the bunny print from the line.
(one of my twins, now an expert “quilt holder”)
I love how they turned out!
The pink quilt doesn’t photograph quite as well as the white quilt (I think the camera is confused by the pink background) so you can’t quite see all the detail in the quilting and the blocks, but it features many of the “sparkle” prints from the line and I think it’s just right for a baby girl!
Do you want to make a quilt?
How to Make a Baby Quilt:
Here’s what you’ll need- Quilt measures approx. 45″ x 45″ when finished and the instructions are for ONE quilt.
9 Fat Quarters of Fabric for Blocks
2 Yards of Fabric for Background
1/2 Yard Fabric for Binding
3 Yards of Fabric for Backing
CUT for EACH BLOCK (there are 9 blocks in the quilt):
9 x 9 square of fabric cut from the print fabric
9 x 9 square of fabric cut from the background fabric
Two 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ squares of fabric cut from the background fabric
Cut backing fabric into two pieces 54 x width of the fabric and sew them together along the 54″ sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance. This will become your quilt backing.
Note: Due to some confusion with the block construction, I’ve added photos of each step of the block construction. To make it easier to see the instructions, I’ve created them from smaller squares using a stripe fabric so you can see the direction of the blocks easier. Just know that your squares will be larger, the smaller squares in the photos are for illustrative purposes only.
Begin by making two HST from the 9×9 pieces of fabric. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 9×9 background fabric. Lay it right sides facing with the 9×9 print fabric. Stitch 1/4″ off each side of the line.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of the 8 1/2″ squares cut from your background fabric.
Layer one square on top of one of the sewn HST so that the diagonal lines are facing in opposite directions. In the above illustration, I’ve adjusted the opacity of the top fabric a bit so you can see how the squares line up on top of each other.
Stitch 1/4″ on each side of the line you drew. Cut along the line and square up the blocks to 8″ x 8″. Repeat for the other HST and background fabric.
You will now have 4 blocks. Line up as shown in the diagram above. Stitch the squares together in the top row, then stitch the squares in the bottom row. Press seams and stitch two rows together.
Repeat until you have sewn 9 blocks.
Stitch the blocks together into 3 rows of 3 blocks.
Quilt and bind as desired
Just a quick reminder: This project along with ALL of the other projects on this blog are offered to you for free. The only thing that I ask is that you do not use them for any commercial purpose. If you have a shop, this is not meant to be a pattern for you to use in your store. It’s meant to help build the online community of people who all LOVE quilting. Please respect that so that I can go on sharing these projects for everyone. If you have a shop and want to kit this quilt, just shoot me an email and I’ll send you a PDF with a unique url to include in the kit taking your customers to the directions online.