Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Marliyn {a baby quilt tutorial}

When I made Marilyn, I was just playing around, trying to make a top that would go with a girly flannel print that was a good size for backing a baby quilt. I didn't know what I was going to come up with, so I didn't take any pictures of the process. You'd think I'd have learned better by now...

As soon as I had the top together and quilted, I knew I'd be making another one so I could take pictures and write up the tutorial.

You'll need:

1 yard each of the background fabric and blue print.

For the setting triangles, cut three 9 3/4" squares and cut them into quarters as shown.

For the corner triangles, cut two 5 1/8" squares and cut each in half as shown. 

Cut five 2 1/2" WOF (width of fabric) strips from the blue print and four 2 1/2" WOF strips from the background fabric. Sew two dark strips and one light strip together (make 2) and two light strips and one dark strip together (make one.) Press open and cut each long strip into 2 1/2" sections. Assemble into nine-patch blocks. (I managed to forget to take a picture of the nine patch blocks -- if you need to see how those should look, check here.)

For the snowball blocks, cut nine 6 1/2" squares from background fabric and thirty-six 2 1/2" squares from the blue print. Place a 2 1/2" print square on each corner of a 6 1/2" background square. Sew diagonally as shown, then press open. To reduce bulk, you can trim off the extra fabric a quarter inch outside the seam line. Make nine blocks.

Lay out blocks and setting triangles on point as shown --

Quilt and bind. As always, if you make this quilt I'd love for you to send me a picture or link up to my weekly Let's Make Baby Quilts! linky party. There's a list of my free baby quilt tutorials over in the sidebar and you  can find out when new ones are added by either following my blog or liking the Let's Make Baby Quilts Facebook page.


Heather said...

this is such a pretty quilt, that It makes me want to sit down and make it right away. Will also be sending the link to my mom. Thanks.

Unknown said...

This is a gorgeous quilt! My new granddaughter Gia will be beautiful wrapped up in it when she gets here. Will post a pic when it's finished.

Unknown said...

Lovely quilt. Going to the quilt shop today! Will post a pic when it's finished.

Suri said...

It is a lovely quilt. Can you pl. clear my doubt ? You have mentioned only 6 snow ball squares . But I see 9 of them. Am I correct ?

Cside said...


It says the blocks are 6 1/2 inches in size, and you need 9 blocks. :)

Unknown said...

I made the scaled down version of "Marlyn" and it was so cute, but have lost the measurements. Would you please tell me where I can find them again.
Thanks, Kay

Michelle said...

The scaled down version is here -- http://mychellem.blogspot.com/2014/02/full-blown-quilt-lust.html

Carol said...

What size is the Marilyn quilt?

Anonymous said...

It is lovely. I too would like to know the finished size.


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