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What’s a “bluiltie”?  A cross between quilt and blankie, of course!

A friend of mine is anticipating the arrival of her sweet boy in the next few weeks. She had a baby quilt kit that she asked me to make for her.  I quickly agreed.  She kept Bradley while I finished teaching the last months of the school year.  She spent many hours rocking and loving on my fussy baby for which I will be forever grateful.  Making a quilt is the least I can do.

It came together essentially in two naps times (one to cut it out, one to sew it together).  It is totally makeable without the kit and would be a great way to use up scraps from other nursery projects.  I’m filing the pattern away for future projects.

The pattern utilizes 6 fabrics (4 for the front blocks, 1 for the front border, and 1 for the back) though you could use a different combination.

Cutting Sizes:

Fabric 1 (Quilt Blocks): 3 – 10.5″ x 8.5″ pieces
Fabric 2 (Quilt Blocks): 2 – 10.5″ x 8.5″ pieces; 1 – 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece
Fabric 3 (Quilt Blocks): 1 – 10.5″ x 8.5″ piece; 1 – 8″ x 8.5″ piece; 1 – 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece
Fabric 4 (Quilt Blocks): 1 – 10.5″ x 8.5″ piece; 1 – 3″ x 8.5″ piece
Fabric 5 (Border): 4 – 3.5″ x 30.5″ pieces
Fabric 6 (Backing): 1 – 30.5″ x 36.5″ piece

1. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance construct the quilt blocks (columns first then stitch the columns together) pressing seems as you go.

2. Attach the border fabric on the long edges. Press.

3. Attach the border fabric on the short sides.  Press.

4.  This is where it really deviates from being a true quilt and more like a blankie.  It is also what makes it extra snuggly and perfect for a baby (not to mention easier).  There is no layer of batting in the middle, no quilting the layers together, no binding the edge.
With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, stitch the quilt top and quilt backing together leaving a 6-ish” opening to turn right side out.

5. Turn right side out and press.

6. Stitch by hand the opening closed.

7. After carefully laying out the blanket and pinning, stitch in the ditch between the border and inter quilt squares (not between the squares themselves).

Dunzo!

This kit I used utlized cotton, minky, courdroy, and flannel.  It is a true snugly tactile experience.  Perfect for Bradley’s new friend.

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