Several years ago (before I really knew what I was doing) I bought 2 honey buns on eBay on sale. Then I couldn’t figure out what in the world to do with them. I tried to come up with something, but gave up. Anyway, the other day I decided to take them out and play with them again. This time I came up with a baby quilt to make. And it turned out pretty cute, in my opinion. If you want to try one, go ahead and read through this entire post before you start. I think that’ll make it easier. And I’ll go ahead and warn you, I did run into a smallish problem at the very end, but I fixed it with some creative ironing 🙂 and it was no big deal, and I explain near the end of the post.
So, if you want to make one yourself, here you go:
You’re going to need one honeybun and a 1/2 yard of white fabric to make this quilt. (Instead of using yardage, you could also purchase a white honeybun. I had a bunch of white yardage, so I just used that, but either way would work.)
If you’re using yardage for the white, cut your strips 1.5 inches wide x WOF. (WOF = width of fabric)
Ok, so take your honeybun, pick out 5 strips, and pin and sew them together, adding one white strip (same length and width as honeybun strips) to the bottom. I did this one strip at a time, stopping to iron every time I added a strip. Make 4 of the strips in the picture below. And then make another strip like the picture below but this one only needs be about 10 inches long.
(Now make one more of these, but this time do NOT add the white strip to the bottom. Know how you made that little 10 inch one? If you want, you can use the leftover fabric from that 10 inch strip because this strip doesn’t need to be the full length, you’ll just leave off the white strip.)
Now, take your strips and cut them into 4.25 inch blocks. You should be able to get 10 blocks out of each long strip.
To make this exact quilt, you will need 42 of these 4.25 inch blocks. (The 4 long strips + the one short strip will give you 42 of these blocks.)
Now take the strip without the white on the bottom. Cut it the same way, into 4.25 inch blocks. You’ll need 7 of these blocks.
You should end up with this, for a grand total of 49 blocks.
Now set 6 of the blocks with the white strip and 1 of the blocks without the white strip aside. You’re done with these 7 for now.
Now make 42 white strips that are 1.5 inches wide and 7 inches long. (But wait! I made mine 7 inches long so they would be longer than my blocks. After I sewed them to my blocks I went back with my rotary cutter and made them nice and even. If you would rather make them exactly the same length as your blocks, then you should cut them six inches long. I just got better results by cutting them too long and then trimming.)
Sew these white strips to the RIGHT sides of your blocks. (Don’t sew them to the 7 blocks you set aside.) When you’re done with this part, you should have this: (A picture’s worth a thousand words, right?)
Now lay them out. It’s kind of like putting together a puzzle. The one with no white strips at all goes in the bottom right corner, the ones with the white on the bottom go on the right side, the ones with the white on the side go across the bottom and the rest go everywhere else. It’s probably easier if you just figure it out yourself. Here’s what mine look like before I sewing them together.
Now, sew them together. To do this, I pinned every few inches and was careful not to stretch or pull the fabric. With all those thin strips, it can be a little accordian-like, so just pay attention. I pressed each time I connected a strip, too. I started at the top left and sewed from top to bottom. I ended up with this.
Then I sewed the strips together from left to right, to end up with this quilt top.
The only problem I ran into was with the last strip, the one without the white strip sewn to the side. It ended up a little longer than the other strips. I guess sewing the white strip to the side helps secure them in place, making them nice and tight. Anyway, it wasn’t a huge deal. I just went back with my iron and re-pressed, pressing the strips in each block a little closer together. I really can’t tell you exactly what to do, but if you run into that same problem, try ironing and then be super careful with your pinning. As you can see, I pretty much fixed it. It wasn’t that big a deal to me, but I wanted to warn you!
This quilt top is 32 X 39 inches, so you’ll need 1 and 1/4 yard of fabric for the backing. As soon as I put the backing on mine, I’ll link to it here!