Diagonal Baby Quilt

By: Accuquilt
Diagonal Baby Quilt

This free baby quilt pattern is a simple quilt that can be adapted easily for any gender or decor. With an easy pattern of pieced diamonds and octagons as a background, you can experiment with appliqued letters and pictures for a customized quilt.

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size36 inches wide x 36 inches long

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniquePieced & Appliqued



  • Fabric 1 (white)—1-3⁄4 yards
  • Fabric 2 (blue)—1-¼ yards (includes binding)
  • Fusible web—½ yard
  • Backing fabric—1¼ yards
  • Batting—42" x 42"
  • Fabric scraps for optional shapes
  • Accuquilt die cutting machine
  • Accuquilt Alpha Baby die (#55035)
  • Accuquilt 5" x 10" mat (#55110)
  • Accuquilt Strip Cutter 2-1/2" (#55017)
  • Accuquilt Square die 6-1/2" (#55000)
  • Accuquilt Half Square - 2" Finished Triangle (die packaged with die cutting machine)
  • Matching thread

    Diagonal Baby Quilt


Cutting Fabric 1:

  • Cut 36—6½" x 6½" squares

Cutting Fabric 2:

  • Cut 4—2½" strips across the width of fabric
  • Cut 144—2" half square finished triangles
  • Cut one set of BABY letters with fusible web backing

Sewing Directions:

  1. Layout four, 2" finished half square triangles right sides together on corners of one Fabric #1, 6½" square as shown:

    Diagonal Baby Quilt
  2. Pin and sew across long edge of triangles with ¼" seam allowances. Trim excess Fabric #1 beyond triangles. Press seams toward corners to complete “snowball” blocks.
  3. Make 36 snowball blocks.
  4. Remove paper backing from appliqué letters.
  5. Position letters centered on snowball blocks. Fuse according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Optional: Cut and fuse other fun appliqué shapes to blank squares cut from Baby, Baby (55037) and Lullaby (55038) as shown:

    Diagonal Baby Quilt

  7. Machine appliqué edges of appliqué shapes with a narrow zigzag or narrow satin stitch.
  8. Layout quilt blocks according to diagram.
  9. Pin and sew blocks into rows. Press seams open.
  10. Pin and sew rows to complete quilt top. Press seams open.

Quilting & Finishing:

  1. Layer batting between quilt top and backing.
  2. Pin or baste layers together.
  3. Machine quilt with an all-over design.
  4. Add binding, mitering corners.





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