Striped Squares Quilt

Striped Squares Quilt

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My sister was having a baby girl and I really wanted to make her a special quilt that she could keep forever and who knows, maybe even pass on to her children! I have a ‘go to’ book when it comes to quilts. It was originally my mums and I know she used it a lot too but I love it because it has so many fairly quick quilts that look really complicated !! Even More Quilts For Baby is a book by Ursula Reikes and it is 20 fantastic baby quilt patterns, easy to follow instructions and inspirational pictures.

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One thing I really wanted to get right was the fabric combinations. I chose the Striped Squares quilt and it needed four main fabrics. I went to my local fabric shop and decided on these four.

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The red floral was very liberty style and it was the fabric I picked first. I really wish that I had bought loads of it as I have never seen it again and it is so pretty. Then I found the  Tilda Folk Birds which I love and then matched the two greens. Again I don’t know the manufacturer of the green fabrics but the cabbage roses were a bit different and added texture whilst the stipe was my plain.

Following the book, I sewed 14 strips (cut selvedge to selvedge) of the four fabrics together and then using a 6″square ruler I cut out 24 squares. I then sewed four squares together to make a block. I have since done this pattern another way using a jelly roll. Make squares four strips wide, lay one block horizontally face up and then place a second square vertically face down, sew 1/4″ seam all the way round. Cut diagonally one way and then the other, iron and then sew the opposites back together.

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Both ways have their positives and negatives, it just depends which way you prefer !! There is definitely less waste with the second way but it takes longer !

My sister was very pleased with it and it got lots of use in my niece’s first few years, it now hangs on the end of her bed and still gets a cuddle every now and then!

 

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