My first half square baby quilt from 2 years ago is interesting to look back at what I started with and where I am now. I can see many things I would do differently but I think it is important to show how someone starts a craft and the progress.
When I told my son I was making a half square baby quilt he raised an eyebrow and gave me a crazy look. As I have dabbled in various craft forms over the years I have learned that each craft has its own vernacular. Crazy words that make sense only to those in the “know”. A half square in quilting and sewing terms is really a triangle. But it is easier to sew a triangle when working with a square. You get a truer shape and it is easier to make points line up.
The half square baby quilt I made is completely my idea. Well, not the way to do half square but the way that I joined them. So if the squares happen to have a name I would love to know it. You can leave it in the comment section below. I am totally making this up as I go and there most likely is a better, faster and neater way to do this AND this is a practice baby quilt for me.
Pre-cut fabric is a great way to get started in quilting. It saves so much time especially when you are practicing and learning. I am sure when I am comfortable in my skills I will cut my own. Maybe… It might be worth a little extra to have precuts than to spend the extra time to make all the pieces. I think next I want to make a jelly roll quilt.
Materials for half square baby quilt:
- Precut square pack with 52 pieces. (I did not use them all – pot holders are next)
- Noir Black batting
- 1 1/2 yards of grey Kona solids
- sewing machine and thread
- Cutting mat and rotary cutter
Instructions for making half square baby quilt:
Now keep in mind I am totally making this up as I go and there most likely is a better, faster and neater way to do this AND this is a practice baby quilt for me. Also I like to free motion stitch and again I completely make it up as I go.
- Play around with the squares and range them in a manner pleasing to you.
- Sew squares together and then iron open seams on all sides of the squares. Yes ironing is really needed and makes a HUGE difference.
- Once you have your center design made add long strips or more squares to get the quilt to the dimension you want.
- Lay the batting and back fabric under the top layer. This is when I do my free motion stitching. Once the sewing is complete I square them up.
- Bind the half square quilt.