Project Linus Pattern

Card Trick Baby Quilt

Reprinted with the permission of Bobbi Janik.

A set of nine blocks, 13" x 13" each, make up this beautiful and interesting baby quilt.

Materials Needed

Note: Fabric lengths have been increased to compensate for shrinkage and squaring of ends.

Quilt top:

3 1/4 yards of 45" white fabric

1 1/4 yard of 45" print fabric

1 1/4 yard of 45" fabric for Solid A

2/3 yard of 45" fabric for Solid B

Binding: Create binding from remnants of quilt top fabric, or cut backing fabric 2" wider and longer than quilt top to use as self-binding.

Backing: Piece backing from remaining fabric as desired. If both borders are added to quilt, top will measure larger than 45".

Batting: 1 bag of low loft batting.

Cutting Guide

From white fabric, cut 18 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 36 triangles.

From white fabric, cut 18 4" x 4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 36 triangles.

From print fabric, cut 18 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 36 triangles.

From print fabric, cut 18 4" x 4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 36 triangles.

From Solid A fabric, cut 9 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 18 triangles.

From Solid A fabric, cut 9 4" x 4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 18 triangles.

From Solid B fabric, cut 9 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 18 triangles.

From Solid B fabric, cut 9 4" x 4" squares. Cut squares in half diagonally, making 18 triangles.

From Print, cut 5 2 1/2" strips for inner border.

From Solid A, cut 5 3 1/2 strips for outer border.

Block Construction

Note: Please use 1/4" seam allowance.

Arrange stacks of 9 cut triangles as shown in the image at left. This will help you to visualize how each block is sewn together.

Work each block in three horizontal rows of three small blocks, stitching the smallest triangles together first, and pressing seam allowances to one side. For instance, in the top row, the first white and dotted fabric triangle would be sewn together first to create square one. In square two, the small white and dotted fabric triangles should be sewn together, then joined to the pink triangle. Join the pink and white triangles together for square three. Then join squares one, two and three together to create the top row.

In this way, stitch together the remaining rows two and three, then join the three rows to create a single block. When finished with all stacks of 9 triangles, you should have nine blocks measuring 13" x 13" each.

Note: You may wish to chain stitch the sets of triangles to speed block construction.

Finishing the Quilt

Stitch together three strips of three blocks each to create quilt top. (See image of completed quilt at top of page.) Stitch Border 1 (2 1/2" wide strips of print fabric) to top, bottom and sides of quilt top.

Note: If necessary, piece together strips to span width of quilt top.

Add Border 2 (3 1/2" strips of Solid A) in same manner.

Layer backing fabric (right side down), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste, bind and quilt as desired. One possible method of machine quilting is shown at right.