Hey sewing friends! Recently, I finished this cute little baby quilt using an orphan block from my Starbelt quilt pattern. I made the block while testing out the pattern and didn’t end up using it in my final quilt. It had been sitting around for years, so I was excited to finally put it to good use! This is a fun and fast way to a make large block into an adorable baby quilt.
If you’d like to make one too, here are the instructions on putting the quilt together using a large orphan block. The sizes can be pretty easily modified if your block isn’t the same size as mine. Or just use the Starbelt pattern to make one just like this!
Note, for this quilt, I didn’t cut the strips to exact width size, I just used the width of fabric (WOF) and trimmed off any extra. That keeps any seam allowance mistakes from affecting the outcome. It also saves time on cutting out precise measurements!
- (1) 20 1/2″ orphan block. I used a Starbelt block (pattern available here)
- (3) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips of light blue fabric. Subcut (1) WOF strip in half to make (2) 2 1/2″ x (approx.) 22″ strips
- (4) 4″ x WOF strips of denim blue fabric
- (2) 5″ x WOF strips of yellow fabric
Step 1: Attach each 2 1/2″ x 22″ light blue strip to the sides of the Starbelt block. Trim off the excess fabric from the ends.
Step 2: Attach each 2 1/2″ x WOF light blue strip to top and bottom of block. Trim off the excess fabric from the ends.
Step 3: Attach (2) 4″ x WOF strips of denim blue fabric to sides of block. Trim off the excess fabric from the ends.
Step 4: Attach (2) 4″ x WOF strips of denim blue fabric to top and bottom of block. Trim off the excess fabric from the ends.
Step 5: Attach the 5″ x WOF strips of yellow fabric to the top and bottom of the block. Trim off the excess fabric from the ends.
Ta-da! Your adorable baby quilt top is now complete! Finish the quilt any way you’d like (I recommend using a rainbow striped binding!).
Also, the back was the perfect size to fit this alphabet print panel I had been saving for my next baby quilt. My tiny quilt tester loved it!