I’m a mom of twins, a boy, and a girl. A friend of mine just had twins herself and I decided it might be fun to find a way to use the same fabric line to make a boy and a girl version quilt. I also thought it would be great to create quilts with the baby names. Today I’m going to share a free quilt pattern with you for these personalized baby quilts.
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Personalized Baby Quilt Pattern
I got the idea for this quilt from a pillow I made for Moda Bake Shop last year. You can see it here, it would be fun to make one to match the quilt using your scraps.
Supplies for Baby Quilt
- Layer Cake or 10″ stacker of fabric. (you can use 1 layer cake for both quilts) I used Tweet Tweet by Keiki
- 1-yard white fabric per quilt for the center
- 1-yard fabric per quilt for backing
- ½ yard fabric per quilt for binding
- Heat N Bond Lite
- Buttons, colored thread to embellish applique
- Smiley Monster Font (can be downloaded free)
First, you will want to sort and pick your fabrics. Take your layer cake and divide it into two piles depending on the quilt design you like best.
Next, you want to decide which 7 layer cake squares you want to use for the block border.
You will also want to set aside the layer cake squares you want to use for the applique names & shapes.
If you want to have the tree applique (like on the boy quilt) you may need more than one layer cake piece to get enough trees to cut out.
Cut the layer cake squares you want to use for the border in half so that they are 5″ x 10″. You will need a total of (14) 5″ x 10″ blocks for each quilt.
I used some fabrics twice, but you will have plenty of layer cake pieces if you do not want to repeat any fabrics.
Sew (4) 5″ x 10″ pieces together along the short sides. Press & set aside. Repeat.
Sew (3) 5″ x 10″ pieces together along the short sides. Press & set aside. Repeat.
Cut your white fabric to 29 ¾″ x 29 ½″
Sew one of the 3 block strips to the 29 ½″ side of the white fabric. Repeat by sewing the other 3 block strip to the other side.
Sew the 4 block strips to the other 2 sides of the white block. Press. Trim off excess if necessary.
Quilt as desired. I quilted mine with a walking foot in straight lines approximately 2″ apart.
Using a word processing program and the font Smiley Monster, print your name approx 4″ tall. You may need to make it slightly smaller if you are printing a large name.
Trace the mirror image of the letters onto the paper side of a piece of Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out roughly and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out. You can see photos of my applique method here.
Apply to the lower right-hand corner of the quilted top approx. 2″ from the bottom border.
I used the bird in the fabric as a guide for my bird appliqué. To do this, just scanned the fabric and printed the bird enlarged so that it is about 4″ tall. I then pieced it using scraps from my layer cake.
Tip: You can use any image from the fabric you are using to create a simple applique shape. You can also cut out images from your fabric (like the trees on the other quilt).
Stitch around the letters and pieces of the bird. Using brown thread in your machine stitch in legs for the bird. Sew a button for its eye.
For the boy’s quilt, I cut out 5 trees from the layer cake pieces. I applied Heat n Bond Lite to the back and ironed them onto the quilt top. I then stitched around the edges, using the brown thread for the tree trunks.
After you have finished the applique, bind the quilt as desired.
Baby Quilt Size:
Finished size is approx: 30″x30″