Introducing the Simples Squares Quilt Pattern which is a Free Baby Quilt Pattern For Beginners. The simple squares baby quilt pattern is all the baby quilt happiness.
I used the gorgeous line called Crisp Petals from my amazingly talented artist friend Natalie Malan. She paints the most beautiful watercolor florals that can now be found on fabric as well. I designed the Simple Squares Quilt Pattern to be beginner friendly and easy enough to piece together in one evening. Or as a last minute baby shower gift.
This free baby quilt pattern is perfect for using fat quarters and I will show you a shortcut to piece together the print blocks quickly. A friend of mine just had her first baby girl, after having three boys and when I saw Crisp Petals I knew it would be perfect. This fabric lends itself so well to a beautiful light and airy quilt perfect for a baby girl quilt pattern.
Table of contents
- More FREE Baby Quilt Patterns:
- More Baby Sewing Projects
- Simple Squares Easy Baby Quilt Pattern Supplies Needed
- Beginner Quilting Tips
- Free Baby Quilt Pattern For Beginners - Simple Squares Quilt Pattern Tutorial
- Free PDF Simple Squares Coloring Sheet
Use large squares to make an Easy Baby Quilt Pattern that will look beautiful when finished.
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Since the Free Baby Quilt Pattern finishes at 36" wide you will be able to back it easily with the regular 42" wide fabric and have a little bit left over to make some scrappy bibs which will work perfectly with my free baby bib pattern bundle.
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Updated: Simple Squares PDF Pattern now available in the shop.
I originally designed this pattern in the baby size only with the instructions located here on the website. After many requests, I have since updated and created the Simple Squares PDF quilt pattern that is available in sizes baby, small throw, and large throw. The new pattern is updated with all the fabric requirements, shortcut tables for block requirements, pattern diagram assembly in all sizes, as well as a new coloring sheet!
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Simple Squares Easy Baby Quilt Pattern Supplies Needed
- 9-10 Fat Quarters (You can get by with 4 - 5 if you want less color variation).
- 1 Yard Riley White or Contrasting Fabric
- Cotton Batting
- 1 1/2 Yards Backing Fabric
- 1/3 Yard Fabric Binding
- 100% Cotton Thread
- Rotary Blade Cutter
- Self Healing Mat
- Clear Quilting Ruler
Beginner Quilting Tips
- Beginner Quilting Supplies
- How to Use a Rotary Cutter to Cut Fabric
- Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle for Quilting
- How to Chain Piece Quilt Blocks to Save Time
Free Baby Quilt Pattern For Beginners - Simple Squares Quilt Pattern Tutorial
Finished Simple Squares Easy Baby Quilt Dimensions 36 x 48
*You will need (28) 6.5" white squares and (28) 6.5" colored blocks.
- Using your rotary blade cutter and ruler cut Two (2) 3.5" x 22" or WOF(width of fabric) strips from each fat quarter.
- Place strips RST (right sides together) and straight stitch 1/4" seam down the bottom edge.
- Open fabric and press seams toward the darker fabric side.
- Using your rotary blade and ruler cut paired fabric strips into 6.5" squares. For a total of 28 strip blocks. Cut 28 6.5"white square blocks as well for a total 56 blocks.
- Place white fabric and strip blocks RST (right sides together) and sew a 1/4" seam down the right side of the fabric. Repeat for the rest of the blocks.
- Place two strip block/white square pairs RST (right sides together) and sew 1/4" down the right side of rows
Repeat until you have made 8 rows of 7 blocks each as shown. Press seams towards opposite sides on each row, so the top row will be pressed to the left and the second row will be pressed toward the right, and so on.
- To finish quilt place first and second-row RST (right sides together) and sew 1/4" stitch down across the bottom edge.
- Repeat for the rest of the rows until the quilt is finished. Add batting and backing and finish quilting as desired.
Free PDF Simple Squares Coloring Sheet
Click the Image Below to Download the Free PDF Simple Squares Coloring Sheet
You may find these tutorials on How to Bind a Quilt and Finishing a Quilt helpful.
Judy Scates says
In your instructions I don’t see where you state what size to cut the white fabric.
The white fabric blocks will be 6.5".
Caroline Aiton says
I've looked everywhere and am unable to find this fat quarter bundle. 🙁
Diana R says
Very pretty quilt and your directions are easy to understand!
Thank you so much!
Beautiful easy baby quilts. The colors are adoreable. Thank you for sharing, you are kind.
Thank you so much! I have been looking for a pattern like this everywhere. I’m assuming that the squares that are not white measure around 6 1/2 too.
Yes they do. It should now be listed in the instructions.
CHRISTINA COATS says
Oh so simple, but so much more, it's so pretty, just what I needed to welcome a new baby girl. Thanks, will be making it tomorrow morning, in time for the weekend.
Thank you I‘m a real beginner, not knowing where to start, I cut out fabric to measure 5 inches. Would it still be possible to follow your pattern through with a different dimension?
Rosario Sanchez says
Thanks great work herw
How do you cut strips if you have some directional fabrics in your fat quarters?
Nancy VanGorden says
Thanks so much for sharing this lovely quilt for us beginning quilters! Your
directions and additional helps were wonderful!
Your instructions/measurements seem to be a bit off. You say to make each row seven squares wide, as pictured, but your picture only shows six squares across. Also you say that the final measurement is 36” wide, but if the squares are six inches finished and seven across that would make it 42 inches wide. Your finished picture shows the quilt at 7x8 which would make 56 squares, but then you can’t back it with 42” fabric. Just thought I would let you know so you can correct your information. A beginner would be confused by these conflicting instructions. Otherwise, I love the end result. It is a nice simple quilt that would be perfect for a baby gift. Thanks for sharing.
Tracy M says
Hi, could you please be sure my math is correct? If you have nine FQs of 18"x22" each, you'll get 5 strips of 3.5" x 22" from each fabric, for a total of 45 strips. When you pair those strips together, you'll have 22 paired strips, each 6.5"x 22" (plus one strip left over). Cutting these paired strips into 6.5" squares yields 3 squares per paired strip. 3 squares per strip x 22 strips = 66 colored half squares, right? And you only use 28. So am I correct that you'll have lots of fabric left over? The reason I'm asking is because I'm making quilts for TWINS, and I think, as far as the colored fabric goes, that the nine FQs recommended here will be enough for two quilts. Please correct my math if I'm missing something! This is a beautiful quilt.
I’m not seeing where you prepare the 1/2 square triangles.
Nick T. says
Correct Tracy...buy another yard of white and you will be able to make 2. =)
(Along with more batting, backing and binding.)
Betty Hakes says
I’m confused. Your instructions show to seven blocks but the pictures show six blocks. With 56 squares I thought 7 rows of 8 but your finished product shows a half square at the end of each row ? Right now I have 7 rows down with 4 pairs across. This makes it pretty wide ?
Julie Strickland says
I know that it says free pattern--but I am not sure where to print this pattern without getting all the adds--sorry if I am alittle bit dumb about this..I have copied off a couple pictures and taken notes..maybe this is what you have meant by the free pattern--reading all your notes..I am new to all this--just beginning--would love to know if I am missing something. Appreciate hearing back from you..Thank you so much..Love the quilt !! Julie
Susan Sidoti says
I screen shot and cropped out unnecessary items and printed
Donna Shepherd says
I’m not able to download the pattern.