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Make a Doll Quilt Using UFO Quilt Blocks tutorial

A little bit ago, I shared a few doll quilts sewn up for donation to the Festival of Trees. 

They turned out– totally spec-tac and I thought this would make a perfect tutorial for anyone who has a bunch of UFO quilt blocks leftover from a project.

Now, if you are like me…. you would have a drawer filled with leftover blocks!  I am not sure why I have this collection.  Why is there so many blocks leftover?  I am thinking they are experiments or the wrong size {darn that 1/4″ seam.  Sometimes it just isn’t right} and maybe the wrong fabric, color.  Whatever the reason.  I have a drawer of them.

This tutorial is a little different from the regular easy pattern tutorials I have.  This is suggestions on how to put all those random quilt blocks together.   Each of you will be sewing with your own private collection of quilt blocks and giving specific measurements just won’t work here.

1)  gather up all of your UFO blocks–  if you are super picky you can divide them into groups of like prints/style, like colors, ect.  Size isn’t an issue here since you will be adding spacers to get things to the correct larger size.

2)  Find a large enough area to lay out your pieces and blocks.  Lay all your blocks down.  Start moving them around —kind of like a puzzle!  You will move them around until you find a layout that will work, looks good and doesn’t need too much adding.  If you find that putting the blocks right next to each other is too much, then leave a gap.  You can fill this in with a spacer piece when sewing it all together.

3)  Sew the blocks together that will make one nice section.  I have highlighted a few below~

the black square shows 2 quilt blocks sewn together side by side

the red square shows a block and rail fence block sewn together. Some spacers are sewn together on the left side to make it as large as the 2 blocks on top.

The green square shows a few blocks sewn together with some additional spacers.  Because of this length- the red square section gets an additional spacer on the bottom

the blue square is a few strips sewn together to make the length 20″

The pink square shows a few more spacers added to the one edge to square out the whole doll quilt top

When you lay your blocks, remember that when they are sewn together- they will shrink 1/2″!!  I suggest that you sew a few blocks together, iron them and then lay them back down with the others again to make sure your spacers that you have chose will work.

I would not pre cut everything unless you are math wiz. and can figure out that 1/2″ shrinkage.

Here is another example of a doll quilt sewn with UFO blocks.

Starting with a large quilt block then added a border on the right and then on the top.  I believe these were trimmed so the next side could be sewn on.

The 1/2″ square triangles were sewn down the side and to make the doll quilt more square in size/larger another spacer strip was sewn to the bottom.

Here are the other doll quilts that were sewn together~

They don’t have to always be complicated either- This one used a bunch of 1/2 square triangles sewn into blocks and then large background spacers were used to spread them out and make them into a final size- somewhere around 20-22″ square.

The blue one had enough squares leftover from a quilt that they could just be sewn together and done!  A few small borders were added around the whole top to again- make it a bit bigger.

The last two are a little more complicated with a lot of little pieces.  These keep with the patchwork quilt style that is for sure!

This style of doll quilts is very forgiving.  You are not winning a state fair prize here– don’t worry about the points getting lost in the seams.  Or that they end up not really matching in fabric style.  The overall patchwork design is perfect for a doll.  This little doll quilt will get a lot of loving, snuggling, dragging, wiping up of tea party delights and more!  You need them to just be cute, and loveable by the little girl who will receive them.

After you have them all sewn together to the size you like- it’s time to finish them.

4)  Measure the top and cut a back the same size.  I did not use batting in between.  I used flannel for the back and thought that it was snuggly enough.  You can use batting if you’d like.  Cut it the same size as the top and back.

5)  Pin the front and back right sides facing together with the batting on the bottom.  Sew all the way around the doll quilt top leaving a 3″ opening for turning.

6)  Trim the corners and turn right sides out

7)  Iron the seam of the opening inside

8)  Sew all the way around the doll quilt top making sure you sew that opening closed.

9)  Tie if you’d like or quilt just a little bit to keep the batting from shifting when you wash it

These were tied by a bunch of girls before they were donated.

I’d love to see any doll quilts you sew up using your UFO quilt blocks!

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