My Brother and his Wife just had twins, I was excited for the chance to dream up “matching” quilts for the sweet babies. Being a boy and a girl I knew I needed a fairly gender neutral design, that could be feminine and masculine at the same time. My sister in law had decorated the nursery with black and white triangles and splashes of pink and mint for the babies. So I knew I wanted something geometric to fit in with the design. I let her pick which animal she wanted and then using straight lines I created a geometric shaped fox. Broken up so it could use a gradient of pinks and mints.
The final touch I decided last min, to add a bow tie and hair bow, for a pop of print. The quilt which is essentially paper pieced (only easier than doing small paper piecing since all the pieces are fairly large)
You will need:
1.5 Yards White (background fabric)
2 Yards Fabric (back of quilt)
1/2 Yard Dark Color
1/2 Yard Medium Color
1/2 Yard Light Color
1/8 Yard Brown
1/4 Yard Dark Gray
1/4 Yard Light Gray
Batting (I like the fusible stuff myself)
6 yards Binding (wide double fold bias)
Thread for quilting
To start, print and assemble the pattern, then trace all the pattern pieces on to freezer paper. The black lines are pattern lines, and the red lines mark all the sections (as well as pattern lines)
Each section will be sewn together in the order that it is numbered. Then the sections will all be sewn together to make the full fox. Once the fox (a rectangle) is assembled you will add borders around it to make it any size you want, I made a crib size for these (45″X60″)
Cut out each pattern piece. Using a hot iron press the pattern piece on to the appropriate fabric. Then to cut them out, you are going to ad a 1/4″ seam allowance along each edge. Using a clear ruler and rotary cutter line up the edge of the ruler along the pattern so the 1/4″ is added to the edge. then trim.
So each piece will look something like this, the pattern piece with the edge all around.
*Tip, should you be making more than one like I did here with the twin quilts, you can reuse the pattern pieces, after the pieces are sewn together, peel the pattern piece off and you can use it again by pressing it to fabric again.
With right sides together, sew two pieces together using the 1/4″ seam allowance. Then press the seam allowance towards one side.
Here I have sections sewn together, next you will sew the sections together.
The sections aren’t labeled in order, but you will sew them together in a similar order as you did the individual sections, small pieces together first, then larger sections together.
You will also sew half the fox together, and then the other half before sewing the whole fox together.
Once the fox is all sewn together, you can add details if you want, like eyes (I used scraps of felt) or a bow tie or hair bow.
Then add strips of fabric along the sides and top to make the quilt the desired size you want.
Then place the backing, batting, and top together and quilt the layers. I did a simple diamond quilting pattern.
Then trim up the edges as needed and sew on the binding.
Then you are done. The quilts are relatively quick and easy to make, since the piecing parts are large they come together quickly.
If you make one come share it in our Facebook group!