All of my free baby quilt patterns include detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations, making them suitable for quilters of every skill level. Some of the blocks used within patterns have lots of patchwork, so if you're a new quilter do consider that when you choose a first project, and perhaps start with something that will go together more quickly. There's nothing like a successful first quilt to fuel motivation for the next.
Don't forget to browse my quilt block patterns. Many of the smaller blocks are suitable for use in a baby quilt of your own design. Be sure to follow the Next link at the bottom of each page or you'll miss some of the patterns.
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Dawn's Light finishes at about 43" x 56", so it's a bit larger than some baby quilt patterns. I wanted my quilt to have a soft, pastel appearance, but you can splash it with lots of color if you like. The sashing and cornerstones
that surround the blocks is small-scale, so be sure your quarter inch seam allowance
is accurate and press as you sew
to keep the blocks (and final quilt) accurate and in-square.
© Janet Wickell
Traditional snowball and nine patch quilt blocks are used to make this 38" x 63" quilt. Quilt blocks are placed on-point
, and partial blocks are used to fill-in at the sides and corners (rather than plain setting triangles
). Your choice of quilting fabrics will determine which elements of the quilt pop out just a bit.
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This easy contemporary quilt pattern makes a quilt that finishes at about 34" x 56", perfect for an older baby or toddler. When you get to the actual pattern, you'll see that the four patch units resting inside the frames are made in two slightly different sizes, and that the double frames differ, too. I've included a second variation, a quilt with white framing
, to show you how easy it is to alter the looks of the contemporary little quilt.
This little baby quilt finishes at about 34-1/2" x 43-1/4", and is made with 18 traditional Propeller quilt blocks that are placed on-point and surrounded by setting triangles. All of the blocks contain the same fabrics, but in six of the blocks a strip pieced unit is flipped around so that like-fabrics don't meet when the quilt is assembled. That one little step gives the layout a bit of visual movement.
This little sailboats quilt is made up of fifteen 8-inch patchwork quilt blocks sewn into horizontal rows and separated by sashing and cornerstones. The example uses the same fabrics throughout, but the pattern makes a wonderful scrap quilt.
Rail Fence is always an easy quilt, and the Rail Fence baby quilt pattern is no exception. Quilt blocks are strip pieced using five side-by-side strips of fabric. When you cut the segments apart, you're finished with the blocks. That's it! You might spend more time deciding which fabrics to use than it takes to sew the quilt top. Do sew with an accurate 1/4" seam allowance and press carefully to avoid stretch. The quilt is difficult to see in this small image, so click through for a better view.
This little baby quilt isn't difficult to sew, but it does require a bit more time to assemble than some of the other patterns. A variety of different patches gives you an excellent opportunity to vary the color value -- it would make a very nice scrap quilt
. Blocks are 6" square and the quilt finishes at about 39-1/2" x 47".
Broken Dishes is a traditional patchwork quilt block made entirely with half-square triangle units. The blocks in this quilt finish at 6-inches square, a nice small scale for a baby quilt or wallhanging. Make a scrap quilt or devise a more orderly fabric arrangement. Overall, the quilt measures 36-1/2" x 42-1/2".
The Whirlpools baby quilt goes together pretty quickly, and the pattern might come in handy if you ever need a last minute project. The quilt is made with one traditional block sewn in two different colorways. Blocks are assembled entirely with quick pieced flying geese units, but using two different methods.
The Framed Nine Patch Quilt is made from easy nine patch blocks that are surrounded by frames -- dark bars on opposite sides and light bars on the two remaining sides. Adjoining blocks are flip-flopped when sewn into horizontal rows, and the change of orientation that creates a somewhat stairstep-like appearance.
I've included instructions for two sizes, a bed quilt made with 10" square blocks and a baby quilt made with 5" square blocks.