Kelly’s Pearl Bracelet baby quilt tutorial

Kelly from Jeli Quilts loves a good rainbow, so we let her loose with the brightest Pearl Bracelets in the new collection by Lizzy House. Lucky me – she made a baby quilt and I don’t have to give it back! Read on for her fabulous tutorial. Thanks Kelly!

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

I love the Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets and jumped at the chance to create a baby quilt with them when Annie offered.


Lizzzy House Pearl Bracelets

Pearl Bracelet fat 1/8ths and Medium grey Kona

Cutting instructions for the quilt top:

From the grey Kona background cut the following:
4 x (3.75 x 13.5″)
6 x (3.75 x 10.5″)
4 x (3.75 x 7″)
4 x (3.75 x 3.75)
2 x (3.75 x 16.75″)
2 x (3.75 x 23.35″)
3 x (3.75 x 29.75″)
For the borders cut:
2 x (3.5 x 36.25″)
2 x (3.5 x 42.25″)
From the 12 fat 1/8ths:
Cut 2 3.75″ squares from each of the fat 1/8ths so you end up with 24 x 3.75″ squares. I fussy cut round the a bracelet to show off the design.

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

Cutting instructions for feature fabric – Fussy cut Pearl Bracelets

Sewing the quilt top:

**1/4″ seam allowance is used throughout**

Sew into rows as follows:
(NB: The grey background is pieced in strips and not squares like the picture shows, I am still very much an EQ7 amateur!)

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

I pressed my seams to the side at this stage, alternating the direction with each row, so that when it came to sewing the rows together the seams butted together giving a better finish.

The eleven rows are then sewn together in order, this time pressing the seams open for a flatter finish to the quilt top:

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

I butted up my seams and pinned to avoid shifting when sewing the long rows together.

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

To finish the quilt top, add the border strips firstly to the left and right sides (3.75 x 36.25″) and then to the top and bottom of the quilt top (3.75 x 42.25″).
Backing, quilting and finishing the quilt:
You need the backing to be at least 2″ bigger than the quilt top (more if you want to FMQ because of shrinking).
For the back of this quilt, I took the off cuts from the fussy cut fat 1/8ths and sewed them together in colour order and trimmed them down to 4.5″ wide by 44″.
I took the remainder of the Kona grey and cut in half and then inserted the pieced strip.
I basted using 505 spray and quilted using a wavy wonky line pattern. (There is a great tutorial for the quilting method here.)

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

Wonky wavy quilting


With so much grey in this quilt a bright scrappy binding was the perfect finishing touch and a great way to use up the remaining fabric from the fat 1/8ths.
Cut 2.5″ strips from each of the fat 1/8ths and sew together until you have approx 175-180″ in length.

Attach your binding by machine using a 1/4″ seam and then finish by hand or machine.

The finished quilt size is 41.75″ which shrinks to around 40″ once washed and all wrinkly.

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets

Gorgeous! Thank you Kelly!

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17 Responses to Kelly’s Pearl Bracelet baby quilt tutorial

  1. Flying Blind February 14, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Smashing xxx

  2. Charlotte February 14, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    it’s beautiful!!!

  3. Laura February 14, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    One day I WILL make a quilt – totally inspiring and love those pearl bracelets against the grey – beautiful choices.

  4. Rachaeldaisy February 14, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    A fabulous quilt a great tutorial!

  5. moira February 14, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    just lovely – and the tute is well written and easy to follow

  6. Gertie February 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    This is very Kelly! Gorgeous mini quilt – thanks for the tutorial x

  7. Amy C February 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    It is so Kelly!! Well done and lucky you Annie!!

  8. Debbie February 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Very fun!!

  9. Archiethewonderdog February 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    It’s fabulous!

  10. [email protected] February 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    So adorable! Thanks for showing us how.

  11. Emily Strawberry Patch February 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    LOVE it! Perfectly Kelly, I’d of known it was hers without reading 😉

  12. kerrypuddy February 16, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Lovely! Just ordered myself a bunch of those bracelets and may pinch this idea.

  13. Amy February 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I was wondering what size wadding you you recommend for this? Medium or light? I just ordered the fabric but was confused about this . . .

    • Kelly February 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      I used a cot sized 80/20 cotton/polyester wadding which is low loft. Does that help?

      • Amy February 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

        Thats great, thanks!

  14. Fiona Leontis February 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Really pretty and i love the quilting too!

  15. [email protected] February 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    One of my all time fav fabrics, i’m still hoarding those original Lizzy House ducks that went with the first pearl bracelets too!

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