Hi Sizzix friends, Nicole here from Modern Handcraft today sharing how to create a fun baby sized quilt with one of my favorite quilt patterns - flying geese. This takes two very useful quilting dies from Sizzix - the Bigz XL Die Triangles 4 5/8" x 8 1/2" and the Bigz Die Half Square Triangles 4 1/2".
First you will choose the fabrics you will be using for your flying geese, I chose a fun new line by Dear Stella - Hilltop for my baby quilt. This is going to a new little boy in Texas and the blue and orange colors in the line are going to match his nursery beautifully. Since there are going to be a total of 20 flying geese, I chose 10 different fat quarter cuts for this quilt.
Prepping your fabric for cutting is quick and easy when using your Extended Cutting Pads in place of your acrylic ruler with your rotary cutter and mat, it makes the perfect size width for your die. I cut one piece from each fat quarter to run through my Sizzix fabi machine in the next step. Preparing the fabric for the 4 1/2" half square triangles is simply cutting 20 - 5" squares from your white fabric.
Making a Sizzix sandwich, layer your Extended Cutting Mat, Sizzix Bigz XL Die, Triangles 4 5/8" x 8 1/2" facing up, fabric (up to 8 layers), Extended Cutting Pad, and roll through your Sizzix fabi Machine. Be mindful of your fabric placement when using a patterned fabric. Continue by cutting your Half Square triangles in the same manner.
The layout of the Bigz Triangles 4 5/8" x 8 1/2" is side-by-side so you have a perfect layout for your flying geese to go in opposite directions already. Continue cutting your flying geese.
To create a flying geese block you will now need to take two of your white half square triangles to each triangle. Using the notched corners as a guide, line up your first HST like shown above. Sew along the side using a 1/4" seam allowance. There will be extra white fabric at the top - do not cut this away.
Press your white fabric HST part back, remembering you will not need to cut the extra white fabric away.
Take your second HST and place along the other side of your triangle, lining up the corner notches. Sew along the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance like shown above.
Press back the second HST and you now have a complete flying geese block. I love using my Sizzix dies for blocks like this because you eliminate the trimming step that we all dread. The notches on the corners make for clean and precise blocks that are ready to go as soon as you are finished sewing!
At your design wall, or on the floor/table, lay out your finished flying geese matching up the half going up and the half going down. Take a look at your patterned fabric and make sure you line these up correctly - if you are using solids you will not have this problem.
Once you have them separated into two groups of 10, take to your sewing machine and sew together using 1/4" seam allowance.
Press seams open after completing this step.
From your remaining yard of white fabric, cutting along the 44" length cut two 3" x 44" strips of fabric and one 16.25" x 44" piece of fabric.
Add your first 3" x 44" strip of white fabric to your first flying geese section, press open seams.
Add the second 3" x 44" white fabric strip to the other side, press open seams.
Add your second flying geese section, making sure to line up your blocks, sew and press open seams.
Add your 16.25" x 44" section, sew and press open seams. You now have a baby quilt top measuring 36" x 44", also the exact size of most yards of fabric.
Finish off your quilt by adding a layer of batting and basting to a backing fabric, quilt and bind.
Finished Baby quilt size is 36" x 44"
Thanks for stopping by today for my This way that way baby quilt tutorial, and if you are looking for more sewing inspiration be sure to stop by my blog over at Modern Handcraft and over on Instagram at @modernhandcraft.
- Sizzix Bigz XL Die, Triangles 4 5/8" x 8 1/2" unfinished
- Sizzix Bigz Die Half Square Triangles 4 1/2" assembled
- Sizzix fabi Machine
- Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads Extended
- Sewing Machine and notions (scisssors, rotary blade and cutting mat, straight pins)
- Crib sized batting
- Coordinating thread
- Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in White 1.5" yards / 3/8 yd for binding - 5 WOF strips
- Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Denim 1 yard
- Dear Stella Hilltop Collection 1/2 fat quarter of each - 10 fabrics // Hilltop in White, Foxes in Navy, Hearts in Navy, Fox Heads in Steel, Hilltop in Mint, Owls in White, Owls in Navy, Sprigs in Navy, Hearts in Baltic, Hearts in Steel