Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Charm Squares Baby Quilt

on October 1 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 72 Comments

Every month Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! shares a new project featuring one of our current fabric collections. We love everything she creates but Elizabeth’s quilts are especially wonderful and she has a series of great tutorials on Oh, Fransson! to guide you through various quilting steps. Today’s Charm Squares Baby Quilt is a perfect Scrap Buster project and incorporates so much of what we love about Elizabeth’s quilts. Download your free Charm Squares Baby Quilt PDF Pattern today!

If you don’t have a charm pack around, you can make your own with scraps. It only takes a few minutes. Get out your rotary cutter, take a stack of your scraps and simply cut them into 5″ x 5″ squares. You’ll need 38 squares for this project.

You can find all of Elizabeth’s free monthly tutorials on our blog: Advent Calendar, Stack & Nest Quilted Blocks, Laptop Sleeve, April Bags, Pincushion Organizer, Ponytail Scarves, Sawtooth Stars. Elizabeth also has PDF patterns for sale in her Etsy shop.

From Elizabeth: I love to make handmade quilts as baby gifts, but find that I often run out of time. (As I write this, I have a stack of baby announcements on my desk to which I have yet to respond. Yikes!) I wrote this quick and easy quilt pattern with efficiency in mind. It takes advantage of precut charm (5″ x 5″) squares and uses few other materials, cutting out a lot of prep work and making it possible to finish the whole quilt in a single afternoon.

For my quilt, I used a package of charm squares from Tula Pink’s Hushabye collection. These cotton candy, kiwi, aquamarine and cocoa prints are perfect for a baby quilt, but have a refereshing level of sophistication. They also include Tula Pink’s signature animal motifs, which makes them lots of fun to look at! Essex cotton/linen in Sand makes lovely coordinating sashing.

Because precut fabrics like charm squares are not intended to be prewashed, I didn’t prewash my binding, backing or sashing fabric either. If you would prefer to use something you can prewash (or just can’t find what you’re looking for in charm packs) cut 5″ x 5″ charm squares from 1/4 yard or fat quarter cuts of fabric. In general, you can expect to be able to cut 8 squares from 1/4 yard of fabric and 12 squares from a fat quarter.

Regardless of what charm squares you use, machine wash and dry your finished quilt to make it clean, soft and crinkly before giving it to the recipient. As long as you use cotton batting, your quilt will crinkle whether or not you prewash your fabric.

The PDF directions are mainly concerned with piecing. If you’re looking for more detailed instructions about quilt construction, I’ve written about my methods here:

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Free-Motion Quilting

Making and Sewing Binding

Download your Charm Squares Baby Quilt PDF Pattern and enjoy! Have you made something with Hushabye, charm squares or a handmade baby gift? Show them off in one of our SMS photo pools!

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72 Responses to Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Charm Squares Baby Quilt

  1. Itaya says:

    Looks like the PDF file is damaged. Just thought I’d let you know as I’d really like to have this adorable quilt pattern. :)
    Thanks!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love it! I have several baby gifts to make and I am going to use this pattern. Thanks so much!

  3. Jan says:

    Really cute quilt! I think I may try it for the next baby gift. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Krystina says:

    I love everything that Elizabeth does. really beautiful quilt. I’ve been coveting that hushabye fabric a while… darn you SMS! I’m trying to cut back!

  5. Ali says:

    What a great idea with a charm pack. I hope SMS will carry more charm packs in the future! hint, hint. :)

  6. Grace Wong says:

    this is so pretty!

  7. Ruth says:

    This quilt is lovely. I have a stack of 6″ squares that will be perfect for an adaption of this pattern. Thank you.

  8. Ramona says:

    I’ve been looking for a cute and easy baby quilt pattern. Love it.

  9. __L__ says:

    It’s really lovely! Perfect for a baby!

  10. Paige says:

    Beautiful quilt, and I really love that line of fabric!

  11. Jon says:

    great quilt as always. love it:)

  12. Tanya F says:

    those colours are fabulous… i have a moda charm pack i have been meaning to use for a year now and this is the perfect project! thankyou!

  13. KariS says:

    Perfect! I have been looking for something to pass along to my mom who is wanting to get back into quilting. I’m thinking this would be a great start. Maybe she can decide on some gorgeous fabrics and whip up a couple for the girlies for christmas?!?!

  14. JSB says:

    Adorable! I am going to try this with the Monaco!

  15. Natalie says:

    I’m a late bloomer…I taught myself to sew for my granddaughter using your tutorials. I’m expecting (hoping, crossing my fingers) for more grandchildren and would love to make this quilt for the next one. The tutorial is really clear and I think I could do it!

  16. KatieV says:

    I am just finishing my first quilt top and might try this for my second! :)

  17. Donna says:

    You always do such quality work and your tutorials are excellent. Thanks for your effort!

  18. Anne says:

    This is a gorgeous quilt. Thanks for the tutorial

  19. Tally says:

    Lovely. Happy baby and mother to receive this quilt.
    Hello from Germany
    Tally

  20. Linda T says:

    Thanks for the instructions. I love the one that you’ve completed.

  21. Bobbie says:

    I just ordered these charm squares and I’m so excited to try this quilt, thanks for the pattern.

  22. BeckyS says:

    Wow! I love doing patchwork but quilting scares me. Lovely job! Great tutorial.

  23. Kerneknop says:

    The fabric for the backside of the quilt is really great. So pretty. As is all of the quilt.

  24. mel says:

    Thanks so much for the tute! I’ve been holding onto a nice stash of FQs for a quilt for my baby girl. It’ll be my first go at quilting and making one for The Niblet is very exciting!!

    Thank you again for sharing!!

  25. Christine says:

    I have always loved scrap quilts, and not only is this one easy, but it (possibly) uses many different fabrics, which is so fun to look at. I’m sure a baby will have fun looking at all the patterns.

  26. Barbara says:

    Oh what a wonderful way to use the charm packs. This is such an adorable baby quilt.

  27. Monika says:

    You´re so right – such a lovely fabric for a baby quilt! Thank you for sharing:)

  28. Stéphanie says:

    Thanks for that lovely tutorial !! I am looking forward to get some more free time to do my very own quilt and this model seems very nice to sew !

    Thanks

    Hello from France

  29. Peta-Jane says:

    Simple. elegant.achievable. LOVE IT !!

  30. Holly says:

    i love the colors!

  31. Celia says:

    The quilt looks quite sophisticated. I love the look of this stacked blocks of pattern. I am in the process of doing something very similar for my daughter at this moment.

  32. Deborah S. says:

    Thank you for so many great ideas. I also have a pile of baby announcements and this quilt seems like a great, quick gift idea for all of those baby showers that I am invited to this month.

  33. renee says:

    very nice

  34. Liz says:

    so cute! i just love prints combined with solids.

  35. Amy says:

    I have that very same package of charm squares…now I know exactly what to do with it!

  36. Brooke says:

    Wonderful quilt. Love the fabrics.

  37. Brina says:

    Im thrilled to see this pattern in pdf … i have a couple of charm packs and just look at them and wonder why i bought them…THIS quilt is why i bought them. Thanks…gonna get right on this!

  38. Very cute and quick baby quilt and I love it made out of Hushaby!

  39. Heather B says:

    Gorgeous – I love that green fabric!

  40. Lisa says:

    Elizabeth’s creations are always inspiring….I have two charm packs that I need to put together. Thank you for the charm baby quilt idea!

  41. abby says:

    Simply beautiful! I’ve been a fan of Oh Fransson since stumbling across her web sight months ago. I’ve bought her wristlet pattern and her mixtape quilts and have made both. Great stuff!

  42. Kim K. says:

    What an easy and adorable project! Thanks for the tutorial!

  43. amanda says:

    This is fantastic…I started buying charm packs recently but have yet to use any of them. :)

  44. Celeste says:

    Just lovely! This is going in my to-make pile for our little one on the way.

  45. Kadybug says:

    Thank you for the wonderful free pattern. I am very excited to try this one out.

  46. Julia M. in MI says:

    This is a beautiful quilt.

  47. Bethany says:

    I love making baby quilts! This is a great tutorial, thank you.

  48. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never used charm squares… I think I’ll have to fix that!

  49. Ellen Ban says:

    Love the Hushabye in the quilt. Looking forward to making one of these with my charm packs. Thanks, Oh Fransson!

  50. Lauren says:

    A while back I was looking for an online pattern for a quilt using Charm Packs and was hard-pressed to find one…. This would have been perfect. I will have to shop around for my next stack : )

  51. Ali says:

    Beautiful!!

  52. Sarah says:

    very cute I’ve always wondered about the precuts. I could never wrap my head around buying smaller scrap size cuts. This is lovely and I get it now…variety for cheeper. I think I might be inspired to buy my first charm pack.

  53. Diane says:

    Adorable!

  54. Lorajean says:

    I was just sitting here wondering what to make for a baby shower. You all are mind readers!

  55. Katie says:

    This is so awesome. I want to make the EXACT same quilt – same fabric and everything. I’m a huge Elizabeth fan. I recently completed my first ever quilt with her excellent tutorials. Oh and I made her Advent calendar, too.

  56. Amy says:

    The colors are very nice. I am working on a baby quilt at the moment too!

  57. Katie Bowlby says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I’ll definitely put this one on my list of things to make.

  58. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the free tutorial! I haven’t made a quilt before, but I am going to give this a try. Perfect timing since two of my friends found out they are pregnant and due in April and May! Thank you again!

  59. wendy says:

    That’s beautiful! I’m so glad I have some pregnant friends right now to give me an excuse :D

  60. Jennifer J says:

    It’s beautiful! I have fallen in love with the Hushabye line, and I think that I might actually be able to make this quilt! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  61. Lea-Ann says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the pattern!

  62. Rochelle says:

    Always love to see Elizabeth’s projects!

  63. Luvzbooks says:

    I love this quilt pattern…and the fabrics chosen for the pictures are so pretty! Thank you for sharing this.

  64. Kolleen says:

    This looks like a great “quick” pattern–I never understood cutting up the charms a dozen ways–might as well buy yardage. The single cut adds variety without taking away the convenience. Thank you!

  65. qsogirl says:

    very pretty! I’d love to make a quilt like this!

  66. Christina says:

    This is beautiful and such a great idea! As a quilter, I’m always looking for ways to make quick gifts!

  67. Jen Eskidge says:

    I LOVE charm patterns. They are just so cute, so its wonderful to have so many ways to use them. Thanks!

  68. MamaBee says:

    Ooh, lovely! Thanks for the pattern!

  69. Maggi says:

    I love charm squares and coiny quilts, and Oh Fransson! makes lovely things! We have been in some swap groups together. Thanks for showcasing her lovelies.

  70. Margaret says:

    It’s always a treat to see something from Elizabeth. Her sense of colour and simplicity of style let the fabrics speak for themselves.

  71. Julie GM says:

    Wow! I love it! I’ve alwalys wanted to make a quilt! I’m just hoping I can finish by Xmas! {zero time!} I have to sew in my sleep! =) thx for the chance & the free Tutorial!

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