Friday, October 26, 2012

Baby quilt ideas

I have TWO friends who are newly pregnant and expecting their very first babies in the summer.  You know what that means, right?

I get to make BABY QUILTS!!!

I am so excited!  I have some ideas, but am always looking for new ideas.  If you see or know of something that would make a wonderful baby quilt (think unisex not gender specific), leave me a comment with a link to a photo of a baby quilt I can make.  It can be something you have made, or just something you have seen around.  The first 20 people who leave a comment with a link to a photo will receive a fat quarter of fabric from my stash.  If you have a preference (a particular color and/or type - stripe/floral/dot/novelty/juvenile/calico/modern print/etc) let me know.  Otherwise, I'll just surprise you.  If I don't already have your mailing address (I have already mailed things to a startling number of my followers, and keep all those addresses in a "quilter's addresses" address book), then I will email you to ask for your mailing address.  I'll plan on visiting the post office with my packages on Monday, so leave your comments before the end of the day on Sunday.

My ideas so far include:

Finishing up this Summer Breeze quilt that I started.  I only have enough of these fabrics for a baby-sized quilt anyway.
The Summer Breeze pattern is by Melissa Corrie - click the link above to see her entire quilt 

Making another Lil Twister quilt, but much more colorful and scrappier.  Lord knows I have enough scraps, and that quilt was awfully fun to make.
I gave this one to my newest baby cousin, born July 2012

I go back to visit this spiral log cabin quilt by Beth at Love, Laugh, Quilt all the time.  I could finally have a good reason to make one of these.
Photo from http://www.lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/2010/03/two.html

I look forward to seeing what ideas you all have!  Have a wonderful weekend!

14 comments:

beth said...

No ideas....just sending some encouragement. GO FOR IT! Baby quilts are cute not matter WHAT pattern you use! ;)

Cheryl Willis said...

I have made my share of baby quilts over the years. Favorites are using children's book panels and bordering the pages. I also love star blocks with kid prints in the centers. Lately I have been doing D-9 with an applique.

Mobenda said...

Hi, I made a simple quilt for our baby girl and I had so much fun finding the fabric for it. I didn't follow a pattern, but just showcased the sweet fabric and used simple lattice between each square. You can check it out, along with a few other baby quilts on my blog - that I haven't updated in a loooong time: http://www.blessedsymmetryquilts.blogspot.com/. Thanks!

Chiska said...


I love your ideas (I just had a baby myself and my favorite quilt is one my elementary school librarian made my first daughter. It's got the 3 little pigs, hansel and gretel and I can't remember who else all in primary and a few secondary colors. I've thought that with some novelty fabric of that kind it would be fun to do attic windows)
Here are two other ideas that I just happened upon:
http://quiltbug.com/images/patterns/squaredeal.jpg

and

http://quiltbus.com/images/JacobsLadder.jpg

I really love Jacobs Ladder--but thought the squaredeal would make a darling baby quilt.

Chiska said...

Can I sneak another comment in? Here's another one that I want to try sometime--I've seen it where the pictures are straight and I like that better, but it's polaroids:
http://www.littlemissshabby.com/?s=polaroid

I'm a bit of a novelty nut--so I like quilts that frame in novelties and I think they'd be perfect for babies.

ms. mindless said...

I adore the spiraling log cabin!

Auntie Em said...

Here is a nifty idea for a baby quilt:

http://quiltcrossing.blogspot.com/2011/02/on-point-easy-way.html

Congratulations to the new moms-to-be!

The Cozy Quilter said...

My Favourite baby quilts are I Spy quilts. I have made several over the years. They are interesting to look at and encourage talking and vocab development. You can look at my blog for several examples. Just click on the I spy label.

Gail

Julie Fukuda said...

The very best part of a baby quilt is that babies are not fussy. I have made I Spy, alphabet quilts, zodiac quilts and number quilts for grand-kids and friends. Think of how you wish it to be used ... light pastels are good on a crib but lousy for dragging around. I tend to go with bright and lots of kid-friendly prints.

Debbie said...

I have always wanted to try making Bonnie Hunter's Storytime Stars quilt but just haven't found the time yet. The link to it is; http://quiltville.blogspot.ca/2012/01/free-pattern-story-time-stars.html.

Shay said...

Congratulations to the pending Mom's. Babies are always cause for excitement.

I tend to use baby quilt making as a chance to experiment. The last one I did was the rainbow colour bar quilt . Lots of bright colours. I also use plain squares a lot in great fabrics because I think that always looks modern and fresh.

joe tulips said...

http://www.blocklotto.com/2012/08/flying-geese/

This would be for either/or, here is another one....

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2011/12/go-climb-tree.html

quiltfool said...

Hey, Erin. I just made a scrappy log cabin quilt for a baby boy in the barn raising pattern. That's looking good. But, my favorite baby quilt pattern is "trip around the world". It's like a wish as well as a gift. I also like to make pinwheel quilts for babies. Good luck deciding. Lane

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I made a cute baby quilt. It has pieced rattles, ducks and baby bottles. It was fun to make. My neighbor quilted it and backed it in minke. a picture is on the post. http://cherylsteapots2quilting.blogspot.com/2011/09/finish-and-box-of-goodies.html I have the pattern in the basement, with more fabric to make another one.