25 July 2014

GenX-Aztec Baby Quilt with Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone!  As promised, today I am sharing the tutorial for the GenX-Aztec baby quilt.  This baby boy quilt finished at 41" square.  Change up the colour scheme and you have yourself a gender neutral or baby girl quilt.

Introducing My Own Quilt Labels by IkaprintThis was my first opportunity to use my new quilt labels!  I sewed the label in while applying the binding to the back of the quilt.

I designed my labels to have a message on the front and on the back.  In this picture, I used my acrylic ruler to hold the label up so I could get a good shot of the back.  I am in LOVE with these new labels!!!

Every purchase made from the My Own Quilt Labels store earns me $1.88, which is greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps!  If you are interested in designing your own quilt labels, please click on the link or check out the button on my sidebar, beneath my profile picture.

Please do scroll down to the end of the tutorial to see more close up pictures of the GenX-Aztec quilt.  I blogged about the making of this quilt previously here.  When designing the GenX-Aztec baby quilt, my block size was determined according to the backing fabric width. I wanted to get the best use of the backing fabric without having to add a seam to make the fabric wider.  So the backing fabric is about 44" wide.

Had I used 8" blocks with 2" sashing, the width of the top would be (8x4) + (2x5) = 42"
But since I wanted to add borders to the layout, I went with a 7" block size.

Block sizes:

7" finished size block requires 1.75" finished size sashing (7 divided by 4 = 1.75)

8" finished size block requires 2" finished size sashing (8 divided by 4 = 2)

9" finished size block requires 2.25" finished size sashing (9 divided by 4 = 2.25)

10" finished size block requires 2.5" finished size sashing (10 divided by 4 = 2.5)

12" finished size block requires 3" finished size sashing (12 divided by 4 = 3)

For this tutorial, I will be giving the measurements used in the 7" block size.  The names of the Kona Cotton Solids I used are given and their colours are shown in brackets.  When designing the GenX-Aztec baby quilt, the solid colours chosen were determined according to the colours in the backing fabric.

  • Fabric requirements based on a 42" Width of Fabric (WOF).
  • Sew using a 1/4" seam.
  • Press all seams as you go.
  • Press all seams open unless stated otherwise.

Fabric Requirements:

4 fat quarters, one of each colour...
     Cyan (Dark Blue), Azure (Light Blue), Grass (Dark Green) and Peapod (Light Green)
1 fat quarter of Coal (Dark Grey)
1 yard of Snow (White)
1/2 yard of Black (Black)
1/3 yard of Medium Grey (Medium Grey)

You will also need:

Backing to cover 48” x 48”
Batting to cover 48” x 48”


Dark Blue – Cyan :
Cut 2 strips at 2.25” x 21” and crosscut into (16) 2.25” squares.
Cut 3 strips at 2.75” x 21” and crosscut into (16) 2.75” squares.

Light Blue – Azure :
Cut 5 strips at 2.25” x 21”
  and crosscut into (12) 2.25” x 5.75” rectangles and (12) 2.25” squares.

Dark Green – Grass :
Cut 5 strips at 2.25” x 21”
  and crosscut into (16) 2.25” x 4” rectangles and (16) 2.25” squares.

Light Green – Peapod :
Cut 7 strips at 2.25” x 21”
  and crosscut into (16) 2.25” x 5.75” rectangles and (28) 2.25” squares.

Dark Grey – Coal :
Cut 2 strips at 2.25” x 21” and crosscut into (12) 2.25” squares.

White – Snow :
Cut 4 strips at 1” x WOF (Width of Fabric) for borders.
Cut 4 strips at 1.5” x WOF for borders.
Cut 4 strips at 2.25” x WOF
  and crosscut into (16) 2.25” x 5.75” rectangles and (16) 2.25” squares.
Cut 2 strips at 2.75” x WOF and crosscut into (16) 2.75” squares.
Cut 2 strips at 4.5” x WOF and crosscut into (16) 4.5” squares.

Medium Grey – Medium Grey : 
(I used Medium Grey, but would have preferred Kona Ash or Shadow)
Cut 7 strips at 2.25” x WOF and crosscut into (16) 2.25” squares.
Cut 2 strips at 4.5” x WOF and crosscut into (16) 4.5” squares.

Black :
Cut 2 strips at 2.25” x WOF and crosscut into (13) 2.25” squares.
Cut 4 strips at 1.5” x WOF for borders.
Cut 4 strips at 2.25” x WOF for binding.

Constructing the Quilt:

Step 1:
  • Sew the 16 Medium Grey 2.25" squares to the 16 Grass 2.25" squares.

  • Sew the 16 Peapod 2.25" squares to the 16 Snow 2.25" x 5.75" rectangles.
  • Sew the 12 Azure 2.25" squares to the 12 Peapod 2.25" x 5.75" rectangles.

  • Sew the 12 Peapod 2.25" squares to the 12 Azure 2.25" x 5.75" rectangles.
Step 2:
  • Use the 16 Medium Grey and 16 Snow 4.5" squares to make HST units using this tutorial and trimming your 32 HST's to 4" square.

  • Use the 16 Cyan and 16 Snow 2.75" squares to make HST units using this tutorial and trimming your 32 HST's to 2.25" square.

Step 3:
  • Sew the 16 Medium Grey and Grass units to the 16 Grass 2.25" x 4" rectangles.  8 will be facing left and 8 will be facing right.

  • Sew the 32 Cyan/Snow HST units to the 16 Cyan 2.25" squares and the 16 Snow 2.25" squares.

  • Sew 5 Black 2.25" squares to blue end of 5 Cyan/Peapod units.

  • Sew 4 Black 2.25" squares to the green end of 4 Peapod/Cyan units.

  • Sew 4 Black 2.25" squares to the green end of 4 Peapod/Snow units.

  • Then sew 6 Coal 2.25" squares to the green end of the 5 Cyan/Peapod units and one more Cyan/Peapod unit.

  • Then sew 6 Coal 2.25" squares to the white end of the 4 Peapod/Snow units and two more Peapod/Snow units.

  • Sew these units into the sashing rows as shown in the photo below.

Step 4:
  • Sew the 16 pieces of Cyan/Snow HST and Snow units to the 16 pieces of Cyan/Snow HST and Cyan units.

This photo show the pieces needed to make the 16 blocks.

Step 5:
  • Arrange these pieces to make 8 blocks facing left and 8 blocks facing right.

Step 6:
  • Arrange these blocks and remaining sashing units to make the Row 1 and sew the pieces into the row.  Do the same for the remaining 3 Rows.

Step 7:
  • Arrange the sashing strips made in Step 3 and sew them to the tops of Row 1, 2, and 3.  And to the top and bottom of Row 4.

Step 8:
  • Sew the sashed rows together.

Step 9:
  • Sew the border strips together.  First sew the Black 1.5” x WOF strips to the Snow 1” x WOF strips.  Press seams toward the Black.  Sew the Snow 1.5” x WOF strips to the other side of the Black strips.  Press seams toward the Black.

Step 10:
  • Fold each of these completed border units in half and crease to mark the centers on the White 1” side. Do the same for the side edges of the quilt top. Matching the crease marks, pin 2 of the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Start sewing ¼” from the edge of the quilt top, backstitching to lock the beginning of the seam and sew the borders onto the quilt top, stopping ¼” from the end of the quilt top and backstitching to lock the seam.  Press seams open.

  • Matching the crease marks, pin the 2 remaining borders to the sides of the quilt top. Sew the borders onto the quilt top. DO NOT sew across the top and bottom border pieces. Only attach the side borders to the quilt top, backstitching at the beginning and end of each seam.  Press seams open.
  • Now sew the four mitered corners of the borders using this tutorial.
Finished size approx. 42" x 42"

Layer your quilt backing, batting and quilt top. Baste and quilt as desired.  I used Echo quilting to emphasize the illusion of the On Point blocks and to highlight the squareness of the green Greek Cross blocks and the pointed corners of the Farmer's Daughter blocks.

Lastly, I quilted in the ditch on each side of the black line in the borders.

  • Use the 4 Black 2.25" x WOF strips to bind your quilt.... And enjoy!!! Take lots of pics.

This tutorial will be available on my Tutorials Page found underneath my blog header!

I would love it if you shared the pictures with the Sew Fresh Quilts Flickr group.  Or sent me a picture by email at sewfreshquilts (at) gmail (dot) com.

The GenX-Aztec baby quilt is now for sale in my Etsy shop!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF! hosted this week with Heather at QA Creations.

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Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Lovely label and thanks for the tutorial - I am going to Pin this so I can come back and refer to it later! :)

Afton Warrick said...

What a beautiful tutorial and pattern! I am pinning this for reference. Several of my friends will be needing baby quilts before long, though it would make a great wall-hanging as well. What program do you use to make up the diagrams for steps? Your presentation looks very professional.

Vicki said...

This is simply amazing. The colors are beautiful in that first photo. Your tut is wonderful and very detailed. No wonder you are so good at writing patterns.

Georgi said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! and I love your labels ~ I'll definitely keep those in mind ~ gotta have some!

Vera said...

Well done Lorna! Thank you for sharing. Your quilt is great and so are your labels!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful quilt, Lorna. Pinned...

Jayne said...

What a fabulous finish! I love it! Thank you for the tutorial, as always so well written...even I can follow it! I have been buying labels from Ikaprint for several years now. They are great! Good job Lorna!

Patti said...

Thanks, Lorna, I love this quilt and can't wait to make it! Thanks, too, for the label info. I've been wanting to get some made but wasn't sure where to go.

Beth said...

I love the finished quilt so thanks for tutorial. I have been thinking about labels as well so I have to check that out!

Lara B. said...

Lorna, what an incredibly excellent tutorial! Your attention to detail and the ease of reading your instructions are wonderful! It's a wonderful quilt! Those labels look so cool and they also solve some of the problems of labeling quilts: they don't make a rough patch or stick out like a sore thumb.

Carla said...

It's beautiful Lorna!

allthingzsewn said...

Lorna, What size lable would you think for a multi-use tag. Baby quilts stuffed animals and purses etc. I don't want it to be too intrusive. I need to go ahead and order them soon. Thanks for our help.

Quilt Art Design said...

These solids colours are so beautiful! So vibrant!
I definitely will look into the labels too.

KathleenD said...

Your wonderfully clear & thorough directions (reinforced by great photos) make this tutorial SUPERB! Thank you very much for sharing your talents and inspiration. I love your quilt's clean lines and bright colors!

Stephie said...

Looking good Lorna! You're sure keeping busy :)

Jessica Hadden said...

Love the labels and the quilt, Lorna!

Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting said...

Great Tutorial! Thanks! And those quilt labels are fun.

Lauren Deel said...

I REALLY love this quilt! I am so glad that you put together such a great tutorial for it. Many thanks! And thanks for the tip on the quilt labels, too. I'll have to check those out. :)

Tina Craig said...

Thank you for the tutorial and the labels link. I finally ordered labels for myself!

Frances Meredith said...

Wow - a great tutorial for a lovely quilt.

Britt G. said...

This is a really great quilt - I love the graphic/cultural feel of it. I could see this in so many fabric choices. Your backing fabric is awesome with it as well.

Jasmine said...

What a fun label for an amazing quilt. I love your simple quilting with the solids.

Bit by a Quilting Bug said...

I also want to let you know that I really love your quilt and the color you used for it. Thank you very much.

Molli Sparkles said...

Well you hit this one out of the park, didn't you! I'm glad to see you're doing so well over here Lorna! Blog and tutorial looks wonderful. :-)

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Love the new quilt labels! And thank you for the tutorial. Definitely want to make this one!

Jacqui S. said...

Your new labels are nice and will go far. I like your new design, colour scheme and the little intricacies you have there.

Rosa said...

Fabulous design and thanks you for sharing !!

Patch the Giraffe said...

This looks great! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us :).

Sharon said...

Love this quilt especially the color choices. Wow! I will definitely be making this one. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

This quilt is gorgeous! Indeed perfect for a boy. I can imagine it very well in pink or red, too. You made a very clear and detailed tutorial. Reading it and looking at your numerous pictures make the steps quite clear to me. Which were not by just looking at the finished quilt. ;-) I know you've put many, many hours into that tutorial. Thank you.

Jo Ferguson said...

Thanks for such a great, well-thought, tutorial. You always make things look easy. I love your new labels. I'll be checking those out.

Kelly said...

I love this quilt! Your color choices are unparalleled! I've pinned this quilt to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

Lora said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing, and for the very detailed and helpful tutorial.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Gorgeous finish! I just love the way the solids in the blocks play with the backing....perfect. Lovely pattern!!!

Preeti said...

Beautiful Quilt. Clear and Detailed Directions. Awesome!!! And thank you for sharing :-)

Kelsey Boes said...

I love this quilt, but how do you do all the turning in your quilting? I struggle to fit the rolled up quilt back and forth and back and forth through the neck of my machine

Zenia Rene said...

This is cute.

Taggray said...

I just made this quilt for a friend. I am a beginning quilter but loved the look. The instructions were easy to follow and the step by step pictures made it a breeze. Thank you, Thank you! thank you !,

janinnefay said...

love the labels but your link is broken. Quilt is very cute too!

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