I know that not a whole lot of quilting goes on at the Sewing Rabbit; so I designed the Big Star Baby Blanket for non-quilters. The quilt top is a single over-sized 8 point star block-- so you only have to put together one block! Also, the instead of being quilted and bound, the top and backing are simply turned and topstitched-- the blanket is small enough that it doesn't need to be quilted.
It's a great way to get your feet wet with quilting without spending hours and hours quilting and binding a large quilt made from small pieces.
The finished quilt is sized 40x40, which is a perfect size for a stroller blanket or playmat for babies and toddlers alike. This tutorial will take you through making the quilt top; and offer a few tips on how to finish the quilt.
To make the quilt top you will need:
8 10"x10" squares; 2 of each print. (These can easily be cut from 4 fat quarters)
3/4 of yard of a backing fabric
For the back of quilt you will need:
1 1/2 yards of backing fabric
Start by cutting the background fabric and the prints into 10 x 10 inch squares. When you are finished you will have 8 10 inch print squares (2 squares of each fabric) and 8 10 inch background squares.
Iron each square in half across the diagonal as shown.
And then place the square right sides together with it's pair.
Cut the 4 extra background blocks to 9 1/2 inches. I highly recommend squaring up all pieced blocks to 9 1/2 inches at this point as well. If you don't have fancy quilting rulers, don't worry-- here's a tutorial on how to square up blocks with or without a square ruler.
Once the blocks are square; lay them out in the 8 point star pattern as shown below.
Then sew the horizontal rows together (Row A to Row B etc... ) Press these seams open for a finished blanket that lies very flat. This is the most tedious part of the quilt-- but luckily there are only 3 seams to press open!
And your top is all finished! Now you can back and bind your quilt in any way you choose. I decided to sew my quilt up like a receiving blanket. I put the top and back right sides together and sewed around the edges leaving a small hole for turning. Then I simply turned and topstitched my quilt for a modern finish.
With 3 lines of stitching securing the edges; I think this blanket will just as durable (and fun for babies to chew on) as a traditionally bound quilt. Since there isn't any quilt batting; there is no need to quilt this blanket (although you could if you liked!)
You can read more about making the quilt... and hear my sentimental rambling about what I used for the batting in my original Big Star Baby Blanket post.