Sewing baby quilts: so sweet – so speedy! (+ giveaway)

Detail-of-Strawberry-Patch-baby-quiltThe author of the popular book Cute Quilts for Kids is back with more baby quilts that are oh-sew-sweet—and easier to make than you might think!

Focusing on three quick tricks in her latest book Sew Sweet Baby Quilts, Kristin Roylance shows you how to create adorable baby quilts with huggable, tuggable details. You won’t believe you can get these cuties finished and wrapped in time for the baby shower—but Kristin’s speed-it-up plans make it possible!

With animated, tactile motifs such as buzzing bees, floating fish, and a bonus baby quilt featuring frilly flowers (get access to the pattern with your book purchase), you won’t be able to resist sewing these darling quilts for nap time, play time, snuggle time—anytime!

Kristin is a guest writer at Stitch This! today to tell us more about those three quick tricks. Welcome, Kristin!

Kristin RoylanceMy sweet Grandma pieced and hand quilted every quilt she made for her family and friends. I was lucky enough to receive many of her treasures. When I was a new quilter, I felt slightly guilty for using sewing shortcuts. But now that I have six adorable children of my own, my guilt has completely vanished. Now I look at shortcuts as a way to create even more quilts for those I love!

There are lots of ways to make baby quilts quickly and easily. Three of my favorite techniques are choosing precut fabrics, using strip piecing, and sewing with gridded fusible interfacing. These are the techniques I focused on while making quilts for Sew Sweet Baby Quilts. Each of these methods will help you create a darling quilt in less time.

Precut fabrics take the guesswork out of fabric selection. The fabrics all go together perfectly so you can enjoy a variety of prints without purchasing yardage. “Peek-a-Hoo” (5″ charm squares) and “On the Road Again” (2½" strips, or Jelly Rolls) are cute examples of using precuts.


“On the Road Again”

See Kristin’s “fast-and-frilly” fat-quarter friendly baby quilt >

Strip piecing ensures accuracy and speed. It’s faster to sew a few long seams together than to piece many short seams because there’s less stopping and starting. Strip piecing makes “Sweet as Can Bee” (my favorite quilt in the book) unbelievably quick to finish.

“Sweet as Can Bee”

See 2 more strip-pieced quilts from Sew Sweet Baby Quilts >

Gridded fusible interfacing is probably my favorite fast technique. It’s so easy that I almost feel like I’m cheating. ALMOST. Intersecting seams magically fall into place, creating perfectly matched corners. After trying this fun technique, you may never join small squares any other way! “Hook, Line, and Sinker” is an example of using gridded fusible interfacing.

“Hook, Line, and Sinker”

Visit Kristin’s “Strawberry Patch” baby quilt too >

Which shortcut will you choose for your next baby quilt?

Sew Sweet Baby QuiltsThanks for sharing your quilts—and your tricks—with us, Kristin!

Which of Kristin’s quick tricks would you try first: piecing with precuts, sewing with strips, or fusing fabric squares? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew Sweet Baby Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Buy Sew Sweet Baby Quilts today and start sewing right away—you’ll instantly get the eBook for free! Buy both of Kristin’s books and earn free shipping in the US and Canada.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Lynn, who says:

“The quilts are SO CUTE! I want to use precuts next time. The quilts are adorable and it will cut down on my time. Thanks! Good luck everyone! :)”

Lynn, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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