Heralded by the arrival of my niece last summer, the era of the baby quilt is upon me! My siblings, cousins, and friends are starting their families; which means I get to make baby quilts to my heart’s content.
I love making baby quilts; they are my favorite quilting project because they’re the perfect size. They’re large enough to practice a new quilt block or to experiment with a new technique, but not so large that I get too frustrated or grow tired of the project. Plus, the deadline to complete the quilt is a little more fluid than say a birthday—the baby isn’t going to know if the quilt arrived before they were born or after….even if it’s several months after.
Baby quilts are also a great way to test out pre-cuts. Lately, I’ve been completely enamored with pre-cut fabrics including but certainly not limited to 5” charm squares, 10” layer cake squares, and 2 ½” jelly roll strips. They eliminate so much cutting time and allow me to get started sewing the quilt top, which is my favorite part.
In an effort to complete three baby quilts by the end of this summer, or more realistically by the end of this year, I’ve been looking for easy baby quilt patterns that are pre-cut friendly. So far, I’ve found baby quilts that utilize the Nine Patch Block are my favorite.
Nine Patch Blocks are so versatile and there are many baby quilt patterns that feature this timeless block. By adding sashing or large solid blocks you can drastically change the look of a Nine Patch Quilt! You can also use this block for other nursery décor such as soft-sided storage bins, pillows, and crib skirts.
With six kids between them, Liz and Elizabeth Evans of Simple Simon and Company have made many beautiful baby quilts. They are sharing their tips, tricks, and techniques for making baby quilts featuring the Nine Patch Block in their Craft Online University Course Quilting Basics: How to Make a Baby Quilt. Register for your seat in their 4-week online class beginning on June 20, 2016 to learn how to utilize this classic quilt block in your handmade baby quilts!
P.S. If quilt books are more your cup of tea, don’t miss The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting from Liz and Elizabeth available now in paperback and as an eBook. And if you’re looking for information on how to nest the seams in your Nine Patch Block, check out this blog post with helpful hints from Liz and Elizabeth.