If you’re looking for a bold and modern baby Quilt Pattern, then the Limelight Quilt pattern is just the one! This modern geometric design lends well to baby quilts and is actually simple to make too with some traditional quilt blocks and sewing techniques!
As you can see, this Limelight quilt is clearly baby-approved!
Fabrics on this Modern Baby Quilt
The fabrics used in this quilt top are all Riley Blake Basics. The background is Confetti Cottons Riley White and the aqua and green fabrics were all scraps from my stash — also Riley Blake Designs basics!
This baby Limelight Quilt showcases Shannon Fabrics minky Cuddle Dot as the backing for the most cozy baby quilt! Want to learn more about backing your quilt with minky? Learn all my Minky Quilt Backing Tips.
Using Scraps on Your Limelight Quilt
While the Limelight Quilt is technically written for using Fat Quarters, you only need 4 main colors to make the Limelight quilt a success! I personally chose to use scraps instead of Fat Quarters to add more variety into my quilt. I’ll share a few tips for you if you want to try using some scraps too!
Of course, first things first, you’ll want to pick out your scraps. It’s helpful for pretty large scrap sizes since you need to cut out a few different shapes from each color fabric. I also found it particularly helpful to use my AccuQuilt dies to cut out the scrappy version, since AccuQuilt makes it much more possible to do the Flying Geese and hourglass blocks just cutting 1 piece at a time, rather than all 4.
Regardless of whether you use AccuQuilt or the traditional cutting methods in the pattern, you WILL end up with some extra pieces if you are trying to go scrappy. I encourage you to turn those extra triangles and geese into another smaller project such as a zipper pouch or other small quilted item.
Simple Quilting to Let the Quilt Pattern Shine
I chose a simple grid for the quilting on this baby quilt to really let the shapes on the pattern stand out. Recently I got my hands on some of Mettler’s 28 wt Silk Finish Cotton thread, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it! I love how the thicker thread really makes the quilting stand out on this baby quilt without the quilting becoming too over-powering.
I also tried something new on this quilt! Rounded corners! I was expecting it to be much more tricky than it really was, and I absolutely adore how they turned out! The only big difference for binding was that I needed to cut out my binding strips on the bias in order to have a little stretch in the fabric to round the corners. It turned out great, even with my super simple and easy machine binding method!
Sewing Techniques in the Limelight Quilt Pattern
One thing I love about the Limelight Quilt Pattern is how it can teach beginner quilters some of my favorite basic traditional quilt blocks!
If you’ve never tried the 4-at-a-time Flying Geese method before, this is a great pattern to learn it or perfect your skills! The first time I ever used this technique, it completely blew my mind and now it’s one of my favorite ways to make Flying Geese!
Additionally, the Limelight Quilt Pattern also features scrappy Hourglass Quilt Blocks made in a super simple method. Learning and practicing these two techniques is great for someone wanting to build their quilting skills, and find which methods you like to use best!
The Limelight Quilt pattern also includes alternate instructions for using a die cut machine such as an AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter. I personally use my AccuQuilt as often as I can and find it cuts down on so much time! Learn more about AccuQuilt here.
More Quilting Inspiration
I’ve personally made a few different variations of the Limelight Quilt. It’s such a fast & easy quilt pattern that I really enjoy! You can learn more about the pattern itself here, or about specific quilts in other articles on my blog!