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Zoo Racers Baby Quilt

By: Monica Patch for FreeSpirit

Construct a pattern that will have your little one loving their new quilt with this Zoo Racers Baby Quilt. This adorable baby quilt pattern uses lively animal characters and colorful snowball quilt blocks to create an amusingly animated scene that has multiple ways to draw the eye's attention. This easy baby quilt is also a great gift that will bring joy to baby's nursery.

Zoo Racers Baby Quilt
Zoo Racers Baby Quilt
This image courtesy of freespiritfabric.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Quilt Size: 41 inches wide x 43 inches long

Time to complete: A week or two

Primary Technique: Pieced

Difficulty Level: Easy

Note: This quilt pattern is designed using fabrics from the "Zoomers Racing" collection by Scott Jarrard for FreeSpirit. Fabrics are coded in materials list.

MATERIALS:

  • 2/3 yd. SJ07Multi (Zoo Zoomers)
  • SJ08 (Eggs) – 1/6 yard each color purple, red, blue, green
  • SJ11 (Check) – 1/6 yard each color purple, yellow, green, blue
  • SJ09 (Winner Circle) – 1/6 yard each color green, red, blue, purple
  • FreeSpirit Solids – 1/6 yard each color s09orange, S15blue, S07yellow, S02red
  • FreeSpirit Solids S16Royal – 3/8 yard (for sashing, border, binding)
  • SJ10Red for border (Stripe) – 1-1/4 yards (for all stripes to run vertical)
  • Back – 1-1/3 yards (fabric of your choice)
  • Tri Recs tool


INSTRUCTIONS:

Cutting

Zoo Zoomers:
4 – 4-1/2” X 32” (Get the racing animals as much in the middle of the strip as possible.)

Eggs, from each color:
1 – 5” X WOF (width of fabric)
2 – 5” X 5”
2 – triangles using the “tri” tool


Check, from each color:
3 – 2” X 6”

Winner Circle, from each color:
3 – 2” X 6”

Solids, from each color:
1 – 5” X WOF
4 – triangles using the “recs” tool
2 triangles going each direction

8 – 2” X 2”

Royal solid (sashing, border, binding):
8 – 1-1/4” X 32”
2 – 1-1/4” X 36”

Stripes for border: (All the stripes in the border should run vertical)
2 – 3-1/2” X 43” (Cut the length of the fabric) CUT THESE STRIPS FIRST
2 – 3-1/2” X 32” (Cut the width of the fabric)
 

Triangle Blocks

1. Match up a solid color with each Egg pattern. I matched the solid yellow with the blue Egg, red with green Egg, orange with purple Egg, and blue with red Egg.

2. Sew the solid triangle on the left side of the Egg triangle. Press seams open.

3. Sew the same color solid triangle onto the right side of the Egg triangle. Press the seams open.

Note: When you lay the triangles on top of each other, right sides together, there will be a “V” shape that is made. (The diagram is exaggerated so you can see the “V”) Start sewing in the point of the “V”. This should be a 1/4” seam. There will be a small “V” at the end. Sew out the point of that “V” too.



You will make 8 triangle blocks, 9-patch blocks, and snowball blocks. You only need 7. So you don’t use your least favorite block.

 


9-Patch Blocks

1. Match up a Check and Winner Circle piece. I matched the purple Check board with green Winner Circle, yellow Check / orange tone, green Check / blue tone, blue Check / purple tone.

2. Sew 3 strips together. Sew the Winner Circle onto each side of the Check and a Check onto each side of the Winner Circle. Iron the seam allowance towards the Check fabric. (diagram #1)

3. Cut the strips into 2” segments. (diagram #2)

4. Switch the middle segments in the sets and sew the segments back together. (diagram #3)

          


Snowball Blocks

1. Draw a line diagonally across the back of the solid colored 2” X 2” squares.

2. Sew a colored square onto each corner of the 8 – 5” X 5”. Sew along the pencil line.
* Sew the yellow squares onto the blue blocks, red onto green blocks, orange onto purple blocks, blue onto red blocks. All four corners should be the same color.

3. Trim the outside triangles off each, 1/4” from each seam.

4. Iron towards the solid colored square.

             
Quilt Assembly

1. Sew 7 triangle blocks together in a horizontal row. Remember, you have 8 so discard your least favorite.

2. Sew 7 9-patch blocks together in a horizontal row. Alternate blocks. (ie. First block has 5 Check squares, second has 5 Winner Circle squares, third has 5 Check, etc.)

3. Sew 7 snowball blocks together in a horizontal row.

4. Sew horizontal strips together from top to bottom in the following order:

  • blue 1-1/4” strip
  • strip of Zoo Zoomers, zooming to the left
  • blue sashing strip
  • Triangle row
  • Blue sahsing strip
  • Zoomers zooming right
  • Blue sashing strip
  • 9-patch row
  • Blue sashing strip
  • Zoomers zooming left
  • Blue sashing strip
  • Snowball row
  • Blue sashing strip
  • Zoomers zooming right
  • Blue sashing strip


5. Sew blue 1-1/4” X 36” strips on the right and left sides.

6. Sew the stripey border along the top and the bottom

7. Sew the stripey border along the right and left sides.

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