Vintage Baby Quilt

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 30"x36"

  • Vintage Baby Quilt
  • Quilt
  • Fig. 1


  • Assorted cotton print fabrics, 6-1/2” squares, 16
  • Coordinating solid cotton fabrics, 6-1/2” squares: six colored; eight white; six colors for teddy bears
  • Warm & White Needled Cotton Batting, 30-1/2”x36-1/2” (The Warm Co.)
  • Light blue jumbo rickrack, 2 pkgs.


  • Iron-on adhesive
  • White embroidery floss
  • Sewing and embroidery needles
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Straight pins
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Iron and non-stick pressing cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Optional: Rotary cutter; ruler; mat

Pattern - Vintage Baby Quilt

  • 1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut six pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than bear. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse adhesive to wrong sides of colored bear fabrics. Cut bears in one piece from fused fabrics, reversing pattern for three bears.
  • 2. Fuse bears to solid fabric squares, varying angles for interest and leaving at least 3/8" border around entire bear. Use air-soluble marker to transfer details to bear faces. Using two strands floss, embroider straight stitch mouths and noses, French knot eye dots (wrap floss around needle three times for each dot), and blanket stitch around body details.
  • 3. Sew squares together in horizontal rows; sew rows together (Fig. 1).

    Fig. 1
  • 4. Baste batting to back of assembled quilt front. Sew rickrack around quilt front 1/4" from edge, beginning and ending in corners and sewing through center of trim. With right sides facing, sew quilt front to back along rickrack stitching, leaving 6" opening on one side for turning. Trim corners at angle to eliminate bulk and turn quilt right side out. Fold in seam allowance and hand-sew opening closed.
  • 5. Sew diagonal lines through white quilt squares to secure batting and fabric layers together. To do this, place a piece of making tape through each row of diagonal white squares so tape edge passes through corners. Sew machine straight stitch close to tape edge; remove tape.