Make-it-in 1/2 a-day Modern Baby Quilt

Hello! Happy Friday! In keeping with my continuing quest to use fabrics in my stash that were bought on a whim, and hopefully helping some of you to use yours, I bring you a very quick-to-sew baby quilt tutorial. Perfect when you need a last minute baby gift. Or, maybe it’s not last minute but you are pretty swamped and don’t have a lot of time to make a gift.

I bought the fox fabric thinking I would fussy cut it but when I actually looked closely at it with my rulers I found it was hard to fussy cut it and get a complete fox without wasting a lot of other cute foxes. So I decided to keep it as a whole half yard and came up with this simple quilt idea to allow myself to do that.

Here’s what you need:

  • Two half yards of medium to large scale prints (perhaps one that is difficult to cut without chopping off heads of adorable critters)
  • three 2 1/2 inch strips of coordinating solids
  • two 1 1/2 inch strips of another coordinating solid
  • a 45 inch square piece of batting (or larger if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 yards of backing fabric
  • five 2 1/2 inch strips of binding fabric
My prints and strips all ready to sew.
Here’s what you do:

1. Sew your strips together in the following order

    1 1/2 inch strip, three two inch strips, 1 1/2 inch strip
    Press each seam to the side as it is sewn. Press all seams in one direction.

2. Sew your set of strips to the bottom of the print you wish to have at the top of the quilt along the width of the fabric (the long side). It won’t matter which long side you sew on unless your print is directional like the fox print above. Press seam to the side in the same direction as the seams on the strips.

3. Sew your bottom print to the other side of the strip set. Press seam to the side. Trim and square up the side of your quilt.

Trim off selvage edges and square up if necessary.
Machine bound edge of quilt.

That’s it! Not every project has to be epic to be great! 🙂

4. Layer into a quilt sandwich with batting and backing.
5. Baste the quilt (I used spray baste.) Quilt as desired. The quilt above was quilted with a walking foot with straight lines about two inches apart.
6. Bind using your preferred binding method. I machine bound my quilt and I literally had this finished in three hours from cutting to binding. (You might be quicker than me if you don’t have kids at home.)

Happy Quilting!

This quilt is for sale here.

Update: I sewed another quilt the next day! Modern Mermaids. 🙂

Modern Mermaids Baby Quilt is available for purchase here.

Linking up with “Finish it up Friday“.


  1. What a cute quilt! I wouldn't have thought to put those fabrics together, but it works so well. Thanks for showing (again) that different fabrics can mate up if we think outside that old box. Brilliant concept! Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts linkup.

  2. Thank you so much Mary! It just came together for me. I had the foxes in my hand and was looking through my stash and searching for colors that worked with the print. It was fun to make. 🙂 (I couldn't email you back so I hope you see this here.)

  3. what a nice ocincidence…i was so happy about your comment for my apron(zhank you so much), so I came to amanda jean, searching for you and find you showing a quilt with the same foxes i am currently using (in aqua) in a quilt for my son. I even used a glasses-fabric too, just because it's such a perfect match to the nerdy foxes.
    I like your baby quilt, great use of fabrics and simple but somehow cheeky and cute 😉

  4. Sorry, Anita. I'm so tired of fighting the no-reply blogger mess. Thanks for looking me up and leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I think the grands will love them, too, and hope they are very comforted by Gram's quilts. (

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