Plus Pattern Baby Quilt How-To Worksheet
Make a Plus Quilt with This Worksheet
A couple weeks ago a made a Plus Quilt to use up some of my Fat Quarter Bundles. I wanted to give you more information on how I made it.
It takes 12 Fat Quarters and comes out to be about 45″ x 58″.
Updated to add: You will need 2 2/3 yard of fabric for the backing.
For extra speed in making this quilt, I cut my fat quarters in three stacks, layering 5 fat quarters at a time to cut the diagram on the left.
Make sure you use a 1/4″ seam allowance.
When I made my Plus Quilts, I didn’t use a design wall. I used this worksheet:
It occurred to me that if I made the worksheet in to a PDF and added some cutting instructions, I could give you a whole little pattern. Click either of these “worksheets” to download your own printable PDF. Pin your fabric scraps in the colored Plus shapes, and use it as a map to construct the 7 rows.
When cutting your fat quarters, cut at least 8 extra 7″ x 7″ squares to be used in those white boxes in the diagram/worksheet. You will need 8 total “extra” squares. Extra being, squares that aren’t planned to match up with any other Plus shapes. They are strays. The fat quarter cutting diagrams each have an extra square planned. You can always mix any leftovers into the backing.
To join the rows: Pin the plus intersections where applicable first. This may cause the rows to stagger at the top and bottom. THAT IS OK. Once all the rows are joined simply trim the top and bottom even.
Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. Each column has a different number of seams, so if your seam is off 1/4″ it will be noticeable when the rows are joined.
Notice, in the fat quarter cutting diagrams, that the binding is also cut from the fat quarters.
The first Plus Quilt I made, made up in about 2 hours. The second one made up in an hour. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I started pressing the fat quarters at 9p and finished the top (without pressing) by 10:05p. I’d say that is a start-to-finish was an hour. …probably should have pressed….
Updated to add: This Plus Quilt is not suitable for directional fabrics.
The fabric bundles are by Adorn It! I picked them up last October.
I hope the worksheet makes sense to you and you are able to use it for your own super quick Plus Baby Quilt.
Now…. where’s my iron?