* loop pieced baby quilt

Posted on February 28th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Since Amy posted her baby present, here’s the quilt I made for Becket, I mean the baby ;)

I know that yellow and gray is a kind of weird color scheme for a baby, but I think it works, particularly knowing the family. The cool yellow/white/gray geometric print is actually a huuuuuge curtain I found on sale at Anthropologie. That’s the fabric for the back of the quilt too. I think I might make a dress out of the rest of it.


So I thought I’d share my instructions in case anyone else is interested, and to show off the clever trick I came up with to get this done in time for the shower (though, for all I know, I might well have just rederived some well known quilting method, but I *felt* clever anyway). As you’re reading through it, you might think it sounds crazy because, get this, you sew seams and then rip them out later. Weird, I know, but it saves major time and makes all the seams come out much squarer. I call it loop piecing.

All seam allowances are ¼ inch.

  1. You’ll need 9 coordinating fabrics that can alternate. Cut 5 inch wide strips from each, the width of the bolt (use 45 inch wide fabric, not 36).
  2. Decide what order you want the fabrics, and sew strips together along long sides, right sides together. Iron seams.
  3. Sew last strip to first strip, right sides together, to create a tube.
  4. Square it up so the seams all match and slice into 8 loops, each 5 in wide. You should have enough extra fabric that you can cut off the selvages for a clean edge on both ends.
  5. Using a seam ripper, open a different seam of each loop. Iron again.
  6. Arrange the strips so you get diagonals of each fabric.
  7. Pin adjacent strips, right sides together, to help make the corners match up. Sew. Iron again.
  8. Cut backing fabric and batting 1 in larger all around than quilt top. Layer.
  9. I tied this one with little embroidery thread x’s at the junctions, but you can quilt it or tie it, whatever you want.
  10. Bind by your favorite method (mine is to just fold the binding over and zigzag to catch everything at once). I made my own binding for this since I couldn’t find the exact color of gray to match. (FYI, I highly recommend the clover binding tools. I have a couple of generic ones in other sizes, but now that I know how much better the clover ones are, I am actually going to replace my nonclover ones. Really, it’s like night and day.)

13 Responses to “loop pieced baby quilt”

  1. Tania Ho Says:

    This is such a brilliant idea, I think I’m going to try it this weekend, I have 3 baby quilts I need to make for gifts :) Can you tell me what is the finished size of the quilt ?

  2. Andrea Says:

    Yep, you re-discovered an existing method. :D I’ve made a baby quilt like this before, a few years ago.

    It’s really, really fast.

  3. Eren Says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention…love this!

  4. Maitreya Says:

    The squares end up 4.5 in each, so using 9×8 squares gives 41×36.5. You can change the size by making bigger strips/loops or more fabrics (requires wider bolts or lengthwise fabric cuts).

  5. juju Says:

    AWESOME!!! thanks for sharing! :)

  6. dorie Says:

    Yellow and gray are perfect for a baby! I like this quilt so much, and I will always say the it is a challenge to find good grays in the quilting world. Lovely.

  7. Rae Says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for the clever instructions!

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    I love this color combination!

  9. elliebelle Says:

    I love the color scheme. Great job!

  10. lisa Says:

    wow, i love this quilt. and thanks for the instructions! i’m not much of a seamstress, but i might try this for fun. i need something to take me out of my studio dungeon once in awhile!! :)

  11. Valerie Says:

    I love this. Thanks for sharing the instructions.


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