Cricut: How to Make a Baby Quilt
If you've got a Cricut Maker and are a dab hand with a sewing machine, this is a great geometric quilt project to try your hand at. Made up of squares of fabric and half square triangles, it's an ideal project for confident beginners and intermediate crafters. Just make sure to take your time and complete the quilt in stages!
If you've ever made a quilt before you'll know that neat, exact cutting is essential, which is where your Cricut Maker comes in. It takes all of the hard work out of cutting your quilt pieces – all you have to do is sew it all together!
Project and instructions by Sophia from Sew Jessalli.
This project contains paid-for content from Cricut's Design Space app. Screen grab references images are taken from the iOS version of Design Space.
All sewn edges use a 1/4” seam allowance.
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Cricut Design Space app installed on a laptop, PC, Tablet or mobile device
Open up the Cricut Design Space app and under Projects, find the Geometric Quilt. Open the attached pdf file for the layout guide.
Using the layout guide and fabric requirements, decide what fabric you will use for each colour code. See what we did in the step images below.
Once you're ready, use your colour coding as a reference and start preparing your fabric on the 12 x 24" FabricGrip mat. Make sure it's as smooth as possible, using the Cricut Brayer to esure good contatc between the mat and the fabric.
Before each cut make sure to check the size of the fabric needed and trim your fabric down accordingly, cutting the fabric just slightly longer than what is needed; doing this allows excess material to be used when cutting the remainder of the project.
Top Tip - To check the size of each fabric piece, hover over the sidebar (in the machine set up screen) so the next mat layout is enlarged, you can then prepare your next piece of fabric whilst the other is being cut.
Peel off all of the fabric pieces from the mat. Use tweezers to remove excess threads and then load in the next piece of fabric. Keep all similar pieces and colours in separate piles.
Keep going until all the pieces are cut out.
Make a block up at a time, I worked down so I made 7 blocks which I then joined to make one strip. Don't forget to use your pattern guide for reference.
Start with the top right block. Pin two triangle pieces together and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance. The Cricut pre-cuts the seam allowance for you.
Press your seams to one side. Repeat with the other triangles. You should now have two squares.
Join these two squares together to make a rectangle. Make sure you line up the raw edges and pin them together as accurately as possible. Press seams open.
Once you have the two rectangle pieces pin them together, line up the centre seams as accurately as you can and sew them together. Press seams open.
Continue carefully constructing your blocks, making sure you press the seams each time you join seams together.
Top Tip: Try and think about making everything in squares and rectangles.
Once you have 7 blocks for the column you're working on, you can join them together. Once again making sure you press all the seams to one side and line them up accurately.
On your second column, press all seams to the opposite side. Place these two columns, right sides together, and line up each join on top of the other.
You should now see your seam allowances pressed in opposite directions, which reduces bulk and line up the points perfectly.
Keep going in this fashion, until you have all 5 columns joined together. Then press the whole patchwork front, press all seams open.
Get your other piece of plain white cotton and lay it on a table or clear floor. Place a layer of wadding on top. Then place your patchwork piece on the very top. Gently flatten it all out and use safety pins to keep all three layers together.
Using your sewing machine add lines of quilting, follow seam joins and fabric shapes to add as much or as little detail as you like. A Even-Feed foot attachment to fit your machine will help with all the bulk.
Once you're happy with your quilting, trim all the edges to make it neat.
Next get your bias binding and sew a few binding pieces together. You'll need roughly 5.5 metres. Sew the binding edge, right sides together, around the quilt top through all three layers.
When you get to a corner, stop equal distance from the edge, fold the binding square along the next side and carry on.
To finish, overlap the bias binding where you started like pictured.
Once all sewn, fold the binding to the back and hand sew into place.
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