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Spring Cheer Hospital Quilt

Woven Block Pattern

46.5" x 46.5" Hospital, Daybed or Lap Quilt

hospital quilt pattern
Also see our Baby, Crib & Lap Quilts

Weave Style Quilt
Hospital or Day Bed

3 different blocks create a "weave"

This quilt is made in the same woven block style as our baby size, crib size and lap size. The difference is that we have added borders to slightly increase the size over the lap size.

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"Woven" Hospital Quilt: 46.5" x 46.5"

Make In A Day Quilt    Wonderful pattern for beginners. 6" blocks plus borders are all that is needed to create this very easy-to-make quilt. The pattern uses three different fabrics to create a look that resembles a weave. 49 blocks make up the quilt - 7 rows of 7 blocks (squares).

Use this quilt on a hospital bed for added warmth and cheer, or as a lap quilt when sitting in chairs or wheelchairs. It is perfect for a hospital bed due to its size. It covers the legs, but doesn't come up too high on the bed. Because it doesn't get in the way of tubing, there is less chance of it getting dirty while in use in the hospital. I draped it over a day bed in my guest room to add color to the room.

Finished Lap Quilt Size

46.5" x 46.5"
The quilt is made up of forty-nine 6" blocks, plus a 2" border on all four sides.

Basic Layout

hospital quilt The photo at the right shows my quilt after all blocks were stitched together, and the border had been added. After this photo was taken I assembled my quilt, then added binding that I cut from the green print.

Supplies Needed For Lap Quilt

*NOTE: 42" - 44" is a common width for quilt fabric. You will need (after shrinkage) a width of at least 39" to get 6 squares (blocks) per strip (6x6.5=39).

color 1
Color One: 1 yard*
for 25 squares

color two
Color Two: 3/4 yard*
for 12 squares

color 3
Color Three: 3/4 yard
for 12 squares

Binding: Cut binding either 1.5" wide or 2" wide (your preference), and long enough to go all the way around your quilt - about 200 inches. Binding can be made from scrap fabric, or it can be purchased.

Batting: You will need a 46.5" x 46.5" piece of batting (cut larger; then trim later to fit).

Quilt Backing: 46.5" x 46.5" piece of fabric for the quilt back (cut larger; then trim later to fit).
Refer to Assemble And Bind A Quilt for instructions on binding, layering and backing.


Your fabric will shrink, so pre-wash, dry and press before using.

Cutting Instructions

All strips of fabric will be cut 6.5" x w.o.f. (width of fabric). I cut my strips using a large sewing ruler and a rotary cutter. To make it go more quickly, I fold the fabric in half, lining up selvages, before cutting. When I computed fabric yardage, I assumed you could get at least 6 blocks per strip. Your pre-shrunk fabric would need to be at least 36" wide (6x6.5=39).

For colors two and three, cut three strips of fabric 6.5" x w.o.f.

Cut all strips into 4.5" squares. For color one, you will need a total of 25 squares (blocks). For colors two and three you will need a total of 12 squares of each color.

cut baby blocks


From color one, cut four squares, each measuring 2.5" x 2.5".

From color two: cut 3 strips, each 2.5" x w.o.f. Cut strips into pieces that measure 2.5" x 6.5". You will need 14 pieces.

From color three: cut 3 strips, each 2.5" x w.o.f. Cut strips into pieces that measure 2.5" x 6.5". You will need 14 pieces.

Sewing Instructions

Using 1/4" seam allowances, sew the squares together as shown below. The top three rows show the rows before they are stitched together; the lower section shows the rows stitched together.

It is easiest to assemble the squares into one row at a time. You can create horizontal or vertical rows. We show the top three horizontal rows below. Follow the image at the top of this page to complete the remaining rows. After your rows are created, sew the rows together. TIP: Iron all squares before sewing them into rows. Iron the rows before sewing them together. It works best to press the seams in opposite directions. In other words, if row one has seams pressed to the left, press the seams of row two to the right. That way, when you sew the rows together, it is easier to match corners more precisely.

Refer to General Quilting Instructions and Assemble And Bind A Quilt for instructions on finishing your quilt.

stitch rows together

Quilting Instructions

You can now stitch the three layers together. Baste the layers together, using pins or basting stitches. Place pins fairly close together. I pin where corners come together, and around outside edges. Then hand or machine baste around the outer edge, stitching all three layers together around all four sides. Trim the basting and backing to fit the top layer. See photo on the rigtt. When all layers are basted together, you are ready to hand quilt, machine quilt or tie layers. I chose to tie the layers together using embroidery floss.

NOTE: For the backing, I recommend a nice, soft flannel for a hospital bed. It will help keep the quilt from sliding off the bed, and it will be comfortable for the patient. I also used a flannel for the binding.

My flannel was not wide enough to use for backing. I pieced it across one end. This works fine in my opinion; the seam is hardly noticeable. See photo on the right.

Refer to General Quilting Instructions and Assemble And Bind A Quilt for instructions on finishing your quilt.

pieced quilt backing

trim layers

embriodery floss stitch floss tie floss

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