Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt + Free Pattern


Citrus & Mint: Quick & Easy Baby Quilt + Free Pattern | Craft Buds

Do you love quick baby quilts? One of our most popular posts of all time on Craft Buds is my Quick Triangles Baby Quilt, and I was inspired by that project to design another free baby quilt pattern that’s great for beginners as well as experienced quilters looking for a weekend project!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The colors of this quilt were inspired by a design seeds color palette my friends picked for their little girl’s nursery. I really loved the citrus and mint colors paired with a soft cream, but you can make this quilt in a variety of colors and it would look beautiful! If you have trouble picking a color palette for your quilt, try choosing two or three colors that work well together and pairing it with a neutral like white or grey. (One of my favorite go-to color combos is yellow, aqua and grey.)

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

The block we’ll be sewing is called a half snowball quilt block. A full snowball quilt block uses the same technique, but with all four corners getting the triangle. This half snowball tutorial will show you how to make this block, which you can use in all kinds of projects! I hope you enjoy this free quilt pattern.

Finished quilt 36 1/2″  x 42 1/2″


– 9 to 12 fat eighths (each makes 3 blocks), fat quarters (each makes 6 blocks) or large scraps of colored fabric in three color groups (like yellow, orange, and mint green)

– 1/2 yard of cream or white fabric for the small diamonds

– 1/3 yard of binding fabric

– Crib size batting

– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric


– Cut 42 squares of colored fabric 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

– Cut 84 squares of cream fabric 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

– Cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ x 44″ (width of fabric) for binding


Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial


1. Fold each 2 1/2″ square in half diagonally to make a crease, and press with your fingernail. With the right sides of fabric together, place a cream square on two opposite corners of a larger square as pictured. The crease should not touch the corners of the large square.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

2. Stitch along the creased lines.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

3. Use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim off the outside corners 1/4″ outside of your stitch line.

P.S. I love my OLFA 45mm ergonomic rotary cutter, and Amazon has a great price on a rotary cutter plus replacement blades! (affiliate link)

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Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

4. Press the seams toward the center of the colored block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

5. Tip: You can use chain stitching to speed up the process! Add one corner square to each of the colored squares without cutting your thread. Trim, press, and repeat with the opposite corner of each block.

Half Snowball Quilt Block Tutorial

6. Arrange the blocks in 6 columns and 7 rows until you get a color placement you like. I use my portable design board to make this process easier! Tip: Once you get your final arrangement, take a picture with your phone. Nothing fancy! Here’s mine that I took with my feet in the bottom. :) You’ll want to refer to this while sewing, so the blocks don’t get mixed up.

7. Join the blocks in each row with a 1/4″ seam, making sure the cream triangle seams are aligned.

8. Press the vertical seams of each row in an alternating fashion to make nested seams. To do this, take row one and press all the vertical seams to the right. In row two, press to the left… row three, press to the right… and so on. This will reduce bulk when joining together the rows, allowing the blocks to fit together snugly! I typically press all my seams open, but this type of quilt block, I really think it works better to use the nesting technique.

Once you join the rows, press the long seams between each row OPEN (as pictured above) to avoid too much bulk in the centers.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

9. Baste the quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. I chose a wide meandering free-motion quilting pattern, stitching through the diamonds and other seams to reinforce them.

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

This is a really quick and easy baby quilt pattern that you can whip up over the weekend! Break it up over 4 days if you’d like so you can spend time cutting squares, sewing the blocks, joining the blocks and rows, and quilting the top!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I quilted my project on the Baby Lock Tiara II with Madeira Thread and Quilter’s Dream batting. This was my first time using this brand of batting, and I’d have to say I’m in love! The quilt held up great and did not wrinkle during my photo shoot, and it has a really nice weight to it that I think will withstand many years of baby and toddler love!

Half Snowballs: Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial + Free Pattern

I took these photos at our local agricultural park (the same place I photographed my recent Tennessee quilt), and I was giddy that the horses were out. Of course, I was little nervous they would take too much interest in the quilt! Aside from choosing the fabrics, I really think my favorite part of quilting is taking the perfect photo of the finished product, and it helps to have really cute models.

I really hope you give this easy baby quilt pattern a try! If you make something from any of our sewing and quilting tutorials, we’d love for you to leave a comment. Happy quilting!

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  18 comments for “Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt + Free Pattern

  1. Kyndsey Underwood
    July 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Ii love love this quilt! The colors are fabulous & the design is just superb! I think I could whip it up for a bridal shower in there wedding colors! How much fabric would I need for a throw size? Thanks

    • July 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Kyndsey, yay! I think you could get away with adding 1 more column and 2 more rows. So 7 across and 9 down (blocks) would be 63 blocks, which would be at least 11 assorted fat quarters (6 blocks from each). Lap quilt would be 42 1/2″ x 54 1/2″ and get a little extra of the cream color for the centers. Cut 126 2 1/2″ squares from 5/8 yard of cream fabric.

  2. July 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    What a great quilt! I am pinning this to try in the future. (Super-love the palette you chose as well.)

    • July 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      I’m so glad you like it!!

  3. Betty
    August 3, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Love this quilt and I plan to make a California king and a queen size if I can figure out how much fabric I need. I love the colors, and I too like yello, aqua and grey together, but I like red, Aqua and grey together also. Great quilt. Can’t wait to see your next one. Keep creating for us challenged folks who need ideas.

  4. Sandi
    August 7, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Can this pattern be printed ? Super cute, I’m for sure going to make it, have is bookmarked for now :)

  5. August 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I really like that quilt, for the simplicity, AND the fabric choice. The pics with the quilt on the fence with a horse help, too.

  6. April 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I absolutely love it! It was incredibly quick to make and just beautiful! Definitely a quilt you could make in a weekend. I will be making this pattern a few more times in the future 😉 Thanks again!

  7. Kelly L Hime
    April 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Love this! Book marked it a couple months ago and just now getting started. Using the Princess Life fabric from Robert Kaufman and I can’t wait for my little princess to snuggle up with this quilt!

    • April 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Can’t wait to see!

  8. Maureen Lewis
    May 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    How do you think this pattern would work with flannel or do you think there are too many seams?

    • May 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

      I’d probably stick with quilting cotton!

  9. July 24, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Hi Lindsay. Our readers will love this. I have included your wonderful tutorial in our Crafty Like Granny weekly Craft roundup :) Cheers Emily

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