This is one of the most satisfying projects I have ever made. It takes time, but it isn't hard and it looks so good as you go along that you can't help but love it. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of the finished product. I bribed my little Lady-Loo with fruit snacks to get this picture. Apparently the price is higher for more than one picture.
One of my all-time favorite gifts when I had Avery was a pink quilt like this that a good friend made for me. Avery still loves and uses the quilt. This one is a gift for a friend who had the cutest baby boy ever. He is her first baby and I wanted something special for her. She used to live next door to us and she and her husband have been so kind and generous with my children. I had lots of time to think about what I wanted to give her and when I thought about my favorite gift, I knew I wanted to make her this quilt. But, let me remind you: I have no idea what to do with boys! I spent SO long at the fabric store trying to find the right colors. In the end, I loved the colors and the way it turned out.
First, cut your fabric into 6 inch squares using your rotary cutter. You will need 16 squares of each fabric. I stacked mine two at a time, back to back, in alternating directions so the next step would go faster.
Place two squares of the same fabric back to back with the wrong sides together. Right sides will be out. Sew a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Do this in both directions so you have made a large X on your square. I eyeballed mine, but you can draw a line from corner to corner using a water soluble pencil if you want to use the line as a sewing guide. Be sure to back stitch securely at each starting and ending point. Because I knew I would be cutting through this later, I backstitched for about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch which is a lot. Cut the extra threads at each starting and ending point.
When you have completed the X sewing on all of your squares, you should have 48 squares. I laid mine out in the design I wanted because I didn't want to end up with two of the same patterns right next to each other. I still had to rearrange them as I went along, but it helped to lay them out first.
Next, you are going to sew your squares together (1/2 inch seams) in groups of 6. The first two are easy because it doesn't matter which way they go. Just put them together and sew down the right side. Then open it out so the seam is on top (see picture on right) and place the new square under the one you just attached. Sew down the right side again. Then, open it out and repeat the process until you have 6 squares sewn together with the seams all on the top.