Giving Back…A Free Quick & Easy Pattern for Kid’s Quilts

If you’re looking for a fun kid’s quilt – here’s a free pattern! My friends and I recently made ten of these for our local children’s hospitals. For the little boys, we selected fabrics with  wildly colorful “boy” designs – cars, trucks, animals, pirates, sports, alphabet, etc. The quilt (42″ x 48″) is made of seven different fabrics cut into rectangles. Here’s a photo of one that we donated:

Lots of fun images to look at!

Fabric Requirements

  • 1/4 yd or 1 fat quarter of seven fabrics
  • 1/2 yd for binding
  • 2 yds for backing

Cutting & Construction

  • label each of the seven fabrics 1-7
  • from each fabric, cut six – 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles (for directional designs – cut so the design is aligned with the top and bottom of the quilt)
  • using the diagram below for placement, sew the rectangles into rows and the rows together to complete the top

The response from the staff at the children’s hospitals was most appreciative. What I didn’t expect in the following week was a very special note and pictures from two of the recipients of the quilts. Their mothers had written it in the voices of the two little boys (one 5 months and the other 4 years old), both going through chemotherapy. They loved their quilts and wanted us to know how happy it made them and their mothers. It touched my heart more than I can say and still brings tears to my eyes every time I read that note and look at their adorable faces.

We’re working to have ten more quilts finished for a fall delivery!

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11 thoughts on “Giving Back…A Free Quick & Easy Pattern for Kid’s Quilts

  1. Oooops! Meant to type a ton of boy fabric. This is kind of like measure twice cut once and double check your cutting instructions.

    Judy, SC

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  2. Christie,
    The pattern is great. Have a done of boy ‘I Spy’ fabrics left over. i see some Ronald McDonald quilts here.
    Thanks, Judy, SC

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    1. Judy,
      I’m so glad to hear you are going to keep this moving with Ronald McDonald quilts! Let me know how your quilts turn out and send pictures. Hopefully we can inspire others to do the same. Wouldn’t it be fun to hear that we’ve reached children in every state with our “I Spy” fabrics and this simple little pattern! South Carolina and California is a good start.
      Take care.
      Christie

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      1. Christie,
        Is it okay to share this pattern with others? Our Guild made 120 RM quilts last year and we are always looking for new patterns. Some of the ladies have been quilting for 25 or more years and all they make now are RM quilts. I keep picturing all the baseball and fishing fabrics I have left. But MUST keep working on the current UFO first. This one probably requires the most work, other than quilting, of all my UFO’s.
        Judy

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      2. Judy,
        It’s perfectly fine to share the pattern with others. I have it in a 1-page word document that I will email to you. Good luck with the UFO’s and thanks again for your support.
        Christie

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