This is a wonderful project to make for your hope chest! It is so easy and quick, so younger girls will especially enjoy it. This baby blanket can be pulled together in no time at all. It also makes a great gift for expecting and new mothers!
This project was taken from the Martha Stewart website. Supplies needed:
1 1/4 yards printed decorative quilt fabric
1 1/4 yards woven flannel
Bent safety pins (sold with quilting supplies) or needle and thick thread
Masking tape (opt.)
1 yard solid cotton fabric
1. Cut a square from the decorative fabric, a little bigger than you intend for the finished quilt. We used the measurement of the width of the fabric and made a 44-by- 44-inch square.
2. Place the square of fabric (the “quilt top”) on top of a layer of quilt batting. Place fabric and batting on top of a piece of woven flannel. Make sure batting and flannel are a few inches bigger than decorative fabric.
3. Use safety pins to “baste” the quilt (hold layers in place temporarily). You can also baste the quilt by sewing long loose running stitches through the layers, spaced several inches apart.
4. Lay a piece of masking tape diagonally (corner to corner) across the top of the quilt. Line up the bottom of the tape with the edge of the sewing machine presser foot, and use the tape as a guide to stitch across the quilt. Don’t stitch the tape! Tip: To keep stitching secure, start sewing just off the top fabric (in the batting) and end just off the top fabric on the other end.
5. Remove masking tape, line it up against line just stitched, and stitch another line in the same way; repeat, moving from the center out to the corners.
6. When the quilt is completely machine-quilted, trim off extra batting and flannel around edges of top fabric, and trim the quilt to size, if necessary.
7. Cut 3 3/4-inch strips of solid fabric for the binding, and sew together end-to-end to make one long strip that is at least 5 yards long. Iron the strip in half lengthwise.
8. Pin raw edges of strip to raw edges of quilt, all the way around on the back of the quilt (flannel side). Sew the binding to edge of quilt with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, folding the binding over itself to make a neat corner. (If you want something a bit more complicated, find out how to miter corners – this will make an even better corner).
9. Flip the binding over the raw edge of the quilt, and sew the folded edge to the front of the quilt with a decorative stitch.