Here's a quick quilt block you can make with 5"squares.
1. Sew 9 of your 5"squares together. First sew together three rows of three blocks, iron flat, and then sew the three rows together to get your nine patch. Press flat.
2. Cut your nine patch in half vertically and horizontally. You really should measure where the exact middle is, but if your baby is going to wake up any minute and you have 11 more of these to cut.......your allowed to eyeball it.
3. Now you have four 7" blocks. Re-arrange them however you like. The possibilities are endless with these blocks, I made my blossoms baby quilt by sewing these together to make the quilt center. Or you can put white sashing (borders) around each block, or a set of blocks, like I'm doing with this quilt.
A nice pile of blocks waiting to be arranged.
To make a 38" x 46" crib quilt, you’ll need to start with 99 – 5" squares. Sew the 5" squares into 11 – 9 patches. Then after cutting the 9 patches in half each way you’ll use 42 blocks, laid out in 7 rows of 6 blocks each.