Wildwood Challenge: A free baby quilt pattern

I have a fun free baby quilt pattern for you today. And bonus – it’s also a fat quarter friendly baby quilt pattern. Yay!

Almost two months ago I was lucky enough to be asked by Sew Mama Sew if I’d like to contribute a project for Cloud 9 Fabrics’ soon-to-be-released fabric line, Wildwood.


I said yes please, emailed them an idea and was very excited when I found the project had been accepted to participate in the Wildwood Challenge.

The fabric arrived in August and it had the same beautiful, crisp hand I’ve come to expect from Cloud 9 fabrics. The colours are very on trend – love the navy and coral.


So, what did I make? A baby quilt of course! I wanted to keep it simple and show off every single print from the line. I also liked the idea of being able to use a fat quarter bundle.

Colour gradations make me very happy, and that’s what I’ve attempted here.


I quilted it with parallel diagonal lines, using my walking foot edge as a guide. Initially I was going to quilt the whole thing in a neutral beige colour, but when I found I had spools of navy and coral that matched exactly I thought I should incorporate these, too (which I did randomly).


I used a scrappy binding, taking the time to match the binding fabric to the fabric at the quilt’s edge (not exactly as I didn’t want overlapping seams, but close enough). I really like the effect.


If you would like to make a Wildwood crib quilt (50″ x 60″) of your own, then this is how to do it:

Step 1: Buy a fat quarter of each of the 12 fabrics in the line.

Step 2: Cut 10 x 5.5″ squares from each fat quarter, like this:


(Reserve the rectangular off cut – you can cut your scrappy binding strips from it; 3 strips of 2.25″ x 11″.)

UPDATE TO CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS: A couple of people have noted that their FQs don’t quite make the 22″ x 18″ size needed for the above cutting method. Please measure your FQs before cutting and if they come up short you have two choices:

a. Reduce all the squares to 5.25″ – then they will fit into the fabric you have available. (This will reduce the final size of the quilt to 47.5″ x 57″ which is still a generous baby quilt size).

b. Cut 3 x  5.5″ squares from each row (not 4 as shown above) and then piece your final square from what you have left over. I know purists will shudder at this – but you’re already chopping fabric apart just to sew it straight back together, so it’s not a stretch to piece the 10th square!


Step 3: Take your 120 x 5.5″ squares and arrange them in this order:


1.Climbing Vine Khaki        2.Pretty Posies Coral        3.Forest Floor Khaki

 4.Full Bloom Coral             5.Wildflower Crimson         6.Deco Petal Navy

7.Midnight Flora Navy        8.Climbing Vine Navy           9.Full Bloom Indigo

          10.Forest Floor Ivory       11.Pretty Posies Turquoise     12.Deco Petal Turquoise

Where you have squares of the same fabric next to each other, turn one of them such that the pattern is not running the same direction across both squares:


Step 4: Sew your squares into rows, and then sew your rows together. Make a backing then baste, quilt, bind and enjoy!

Confession time: I didn’t use a fat quarter bundle. As often happens when I make plans, I wasn’t able to get a fat quarter cut of each fabric.  I had to take a one-third yard cut instead (I know, terrible, right?). This gave me some left over fabric which I used to piece part of a backing:


The rest of the backing was pieced with Kona Raffia yardage.

I have no pattern to share for the backing. Frankly, it was a major pain in the posterior to piece and I won’t be doing it again. It took a lot longer than the quilt top to make and about half way through I cursed myself and wished I’d used a whole cloth instead! Oh well, this is how we learn, right?

The one thing I will say is that all those diagonal seam lines were handy for staying on track when I was quilting.

There you have it – a Wildwood Crib Quilt, fit for any young bub! I hope you enjoyed this free baby quilt pattern.


Thank you so much to Sew Mama Sew for the Challenge, Cloud 9 for the fabric and Elizabeth Olwen for designing such loveliness.

You can see what the other Wildwood Challengers get up to by checking out their links below:

Carolina Carero from Love, Lola

Elizabeth Singler from Mamma Can Do It

Jennifer Waaraniemi from lea & lars

Heidi Staples from Fabric Mutt

Ren Murphy from The Inspired Wren


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68 thoughts on “Wildwood Challenge: A free baby quilt pattern”

  1. Just came across this beautiful quilt but noticed that your blog is from 2014. Any chance the fabric used is still available either by the yard or in fat quarters?

    • Hi Elke, you’d have to Google and see if there’s any around but I doubt it. Elizabeth Olwen does still design fabric and I find that she uses similar colours in some of her fabric lines, so you might be able to find something more recent that will work well. 

  2. I love the pattern, but discovered after ordering a fat quarter bundle from Hawthorne Threads that you can not cut four blocks 5.5 inches square from the 22 in side of the fat quarter. The fabric is exactly 22 inches wide, but once you cut off the salvage you are short one block by almost an inch. I was able to order another fat quarter bundle to complete my quilt. However, some people might nigh be able or want to invest in another $40 plus to complete the pattern.

    • Hi Donna, I’m sorry your fat quarter wasn’t fat enough! (Sorry, bad fat quarter joke). One other option to maximise your FQ is to cut your squares in a 3×3 configuration and then piece together the 10th square. Some people only want to cut ‘complete’ squares, (which could necessitate the need for more fabric) but if you’re comfortable with piecing that last one you can make it all fit.
      All the best and happy sewing!

  3. The back of your quilt is fabulous! The front showcases the fabrics, but the back just pops, and was well worth the time and agony you put into it in my opinion (although I wasn’t the one doing it, so I guess I would say that! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love your new web design and this quilt is Gorge!! I think I like the back as much as the front. So lovely. I need to get back in quilting action. :)


  5. Kirsty this is a wonderful pattern to showcase fabric. I love the way you do colour graduation and your patterns are so detailed and well written.

  6. Love the pattern for a baby quilt. My daughters and nieces like patterns that lean toward the traditional but with an update. This is perfect. The fabric colors are very pleasing to the eye.
    Thanks for the chance to win as I have more than one quilt to make for the little ones!

  7. It looks great. Did you have any issues with the quilt top not ending up square after the diagonal quilting? And did you quilt them all in one direction or did you alternate the direction when quilting? (I mean did you turn the quilt around so that you started the next line of quilting on the edge that you finished the last line of quilting on)

  8. Oh my goodness, I love this quilt so much! I must get my hands on those fabrics. I’ve already copied your tutorial to my computer. It’s just scrumptious! Lovely!

  9. I loved your quilt and appreciated you sharing the pattern and the process. I loved the backing and quilting designs chosen too! It is truly reversible.

  10. Such a lovely Quilt, and I love the back, too!!! The quilting really adds another dimension to it and I Agree that this would be equally lovely for a boy or girl! :-)


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