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Learn how to make a plus quilt using the Cricut Maker and a Riley Blake Designs quilt pattern and fabric. It makes the cutting quick, easy, and accurate. It’s the perfect baby gift!
I think the only way I’ll ever make a quilt for a baby gift, is to cut it out with the Cricut Maker. It makes my square cutting more accurate than I could ever have the patience for.
I used a really pretty floral backing fabric that has all the colors from the front. I love the pop it gives the quilt.
I made curved corners because that’s the only way I know how to make my corners nice! I’m not very good at mitered corners and binding. Isn’t the navy floral binding the perfect touch?
- Riley Blake Pattern in Design Space*
- Quilt Kit*
- Cricut Maker* and Large Cutting Mat*
- How to Plan a Quilt with Cricut and Riley Blake
- How to Cut a Quilt with Cricut and Riley Blake
How to Make a Plus Quilt
Print of the pattern’s PDF instructions. Count up how many squares there are of each color and write it next to the color. Remember these numbers when you are planning your colors.
With your list of numbers you’ll need to write the original list of colors and how much fabric is required and translate it into your fabric, how much fabric is required, and how many squares will be cut out. I also wrote how many mats would be cut of each fabric so I wouldn’t be confused during the cutting process.
I had three extra squares that were cut out by the Maker that I didn’t use. I had to cut three extra squares out. I could’ve have fixed it with the Maker, but it’s hard to change the mats when using an Android phone.
Once it’s all cut out you’ll need to sew all the pieces together. I couldn’t use the instructions in the pattern because I changed it so much. I figured out my own way to sew it, and I circled the rows and blocks in the pictures below to show me what to do.
Sew the five thin rows in the design you chose.
Sew the big white pattern pieces together to make twelve big white squares. I found that chaining the pieces helped me sew faster. That means I sew the pieces all right in a row without cutting the threads in between.
Sew the small rows of three squares that go on each side of the big squares.
Sew the small rows and large white squares together to make the four large rows.
Sew the thin rows to the large rows and finish the quilt top.
When you press the seam allowances, press them away from the white or lightest colored fabrics. Make sure you press all the seams before the next step.
After you piece the quilt together then you’ll use basting spray to stick all three layers together: first the backing fabric facing down, then the quilt batting, and then the pieced quilt top. Make sure it’s all good and stuck together.
Quilt the pieces together by using a walking foot and sewing straight lines all over the quilt. I followed the lines of the Pluses to make all the vertical and horizontal quilting lines.
Once you have it all quilted you can bind the edges of the quilt. I don’t think I’m the best to tell you how to do it since I can only do it with curved edges and I sew the binding on just like I sew it onto clothing.
Can you imagine all the quilt possibilities with just a couple of patterns and quilt kits?