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    my two cents as a mommy and as a quilter, if you asked the mom for colors then go with her colors. there might be more important reasons why the mom wants the colors and is just giving you one of them. I have just made a crib set for a very close friend who is having a baby and while I like the fabric and colors she choose, I would not ever have picked them myself because they are not my taste. When I make up a crib set I always make a separate baby quilt in a smaller size to use to wrap up the baby in. I do this because most babies are not supposed to use anything in the crib till they are around a year old or even older. (I make the crib quilt so that it will fit a toddler bed (which most cribs nowadays are the size of) this way it will be used longer.) I vote for making one that you like and then the crib one for the mommy. I hope that this helps you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alleyoop1 View Post
    How about making a double sided quilt - one side could be grey cammo (definitely masculine) and the other side could be scrappy in your choice of colors. That way you are pleasing the mom and yourself.
    ditto.... this is what i was thinking also and you can use the print you love......they can choose which side is up on a day to day basis

    there is a fabric out that is white background with black 'silloettes (sp)' of children playing, jumping rope, pulling a wagon etc. that might work for the backing also.

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    Since the original request was, "... to do a black & grey quilt 'so as not to clash with the room'," it seems clashing was the mother's main concern. There are actually many bright colors, which wouldn't clash with pepto-pink.
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    Oh, I'm having fun, I googled "black white quilt" and oodles of pics come

    I thought this one was interesting. I guess the black and white for a baby quilt is not a unique idea
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    I think a black/gray/white log cabin quilt with colorful center squares, including pepto bismo pink. You asked and feel you should respect her wishes.

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    What a dilemma! I agree that since you asked the mom, it would be preferable to honor her wishes. Yes, black and grey are not traditional baby colors, but hey, who says there is a law that baby quilts must be traditional colors?

    When I was pregnant with my first son, my mom wanted to knit me a blanket. She asked me to choose a color and I chose grey. She then proceeded to knit the blanket, complaining, moaning and whining the entire time because I did not choose a proper "baby color". When it was all said and done, the grey turned out beautiful, the blanket was lovely, the baby adored it (and as a 6 year old still does) and everyone was happy. Would that have been the case had she made it a different color? Most likely yes. But she asked me, and I gave her my request. I was thankful as a silly first-time mom fluttering about decorating her first nursery, that she honored my request.

    It is always a challenge to work with colors you don't like. I think you can rise to the challenge and create something beautiful (there is appeal in the versatility of a two-sided quilt). If it were me, I'd rather do colors I don't like and have the blanket used than override mom's opinion, pick my own, and have it end up on a shelf. Regardless of color choice, let's hope the new momma has the grace to accept your gift with thanks and no sign of a snit!

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    Show the mom the fabric you think would make a nice quilt and ask her opinion on it. She may pick it once she sees it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsk View Post
    I would like some opinions. I like & respect everyones thoughs on this. Recently I have been making baby shower quilts for family members, ( lots lately!) & I usually give the recipient a choice of blanket or bag, & ask if there are any particular color likes or dislikes. The most resent request is for a boy, who will be sharing a room with his 8 yr old step-sister who does not live in the home on a full time babsis, but they have painted the room "pepto-pink" for her. The problem is, I was requested to do a black & grey quilt "so as not to clash with the room" but I had found some construction worker fabric & some co-ordinating fabrics I think would have been great to make the baby a beautiful quilt in bright blue, red, green & yellow. Do I go with the mothers wishes, or go with mine, or I had also thought of doing a version of the log cabin but with a single colored square in the center with blacks on one side & greys/whites on the other. Each square would have a different color though-like one center would be red, the next would be blue, the next would be green, etc. Thoughts? Ideas? I really do want her gift to be used & cherished....
    Can you use gray and black to sash and border the prints you like?

    Another thing, you might find some comic strip or coloring book type fabric that tends to black and gray.
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    Maybe you could find some black and white kid prints. I recently found some b/w disney prints that were really cute. I also think I would make one side to mom's specs and the other side to mine!

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    What about a double sided quilt. Do the construction worker design on one side and back it with a black and grey print, so if it is not bring "loved" and carried around it can go with the decor?

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    Well since you asked her what colours she would like I think should more or less go with her colors. It will be your own personnel challenge. The log cabin idea sounds good and you can do like some have suggested and make a colorful back.

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    Black and gray just doen't seem like a baby color scheme. I would go with your instincts and make an adorable baby quilt. I'm sure the parents will love it.

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    I usually ask if the parents have selected a nursury theme, and try to coordinate with it. I think once I ask, I take it as a challenge to match what they pick since that is what they like. I think You could slip in some bright colors to go with the black, grey and white and it would be cute for a baby. Still, you never know if they will like it no matter how much effort you make. My step-daughter chose blue and brown for her son, and painted the walls dark chocolate brown. I knocked myself out to paper piece vehicles (planes, trains, cars and boats) with brown, blue and cream and it matched wonderfully. I never saw the quilt again ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    I don't ask what people want. I just make the baby quilt unless something specific has been mentioned in the shower invitation. After all, it is a gift. You know the circumstances go with your own best judgment. I would NOT feel compelled to go with black and grey. They may not use the quilt in the bedroom anyway.
    Yes this is my vote. It is hard enough to get it done to have to work with limits sometimes I don,t get "it" done. I have been known to buy a box of Pampers instead of giving a quilt.

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    You asked the mother if she had a color preference - she gave you one - how do you then reject her choice?
    This could be a slippery slope...
    Black and gray could be used just fine with another color added. Think bears! Think black, white and bright.
    Last edited by M.I.Late; 06-07-2012 at 07:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtgirl View Post
    I like the idea of the grey and black or the mother color choices for the front I bet you could do a pretty neat log cabin quilt with black grey and white and then use the colorful fabric for the back. That way everyone would be happy. One side is for the baby that can't see colors anyway and can be used in the bedroom that doesn't clash and then the bright colorful side as the baby grows and can be used in any other room. Then the parents decide which works for them. I think it might be a lovely compromise and make everyone feel valued
    Well said....
    Sounds like a perfect solution to me.

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    I don't quilt for money...I am 64 and am at that time of my life when I can finally do what I want when I want. When making gifts for family I may or may not inquire about what color they want (If I don't ask I don't consider it). I make what I want when I want and if you like it you can have it, if you promise to use it and not put it away. I just don't seem to be able to get my soul into a quilt that does not talk to me. I prefer to make a quilt and then give it away..not quilt to order.

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    I recently made a baby quilt for the grandbaby of a very good friend. I don't know the mom very well so I asked what color they were using for the baby's room. The answer was brown and pink - no problem! But when I looked at her gift registry, all the patterns were very sophisticated looking...not my taste for babies at all but that's my taste - not hers - so I made a rail fence with browns, pinks and green accents. It looked good and I liked it when I got finished but still not my taste for a baby. The mom loves it as well as my friend. And I'm glad but I didn't enjoy making that one as much as the next one which was what caught my eye (and was still very much appreciated by the parents).

    This is my long-winded way of saying - since you asked, go with what the mom requested even if it's not your taste. The finished quilt may surprise you. Many very good suggestions have been offered (and given me ideas for future use...LOL)
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    Personally, if you asked my opinion and then didn't honor them, my feelings would be hurt.

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    I had 3 grandbabies in 2010 and 2 of them were girls. The colors requested for one was black/white/grey/hot pink and the other was black/white/grey/red. I made them as requested. Not my favorite, but I don't have to live with them and I don't want to go to a lot of work and have it not be used.

    Also, it's well known that brand new babies can't distinquish colors for awhile and black and white is all they see. A lot of little baby toys are black and white.

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    I really liked the idea of the cartoon characters in black. That could at least make it fun for a child. That is really a hard request!

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    Babies love black and white. I collect B&W fabrics specifically for baby quilts. You've had tons of suggestions, and some gorgeous quilts have been posted. Sounds like the mother really wants to display the quilt all the time, which beats it being "put away" somewhere and never used. To appeal to the baby, I suggest the B&W, no gray, and good lines of demarcation between the pieces. They love the bright colors also. I frequently do double-sided baby quilts, a panel on one side and the sampler blocks in B&W on the other. Just adding my 2 cents.
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    Go with a log cabin in mostly white, 1 gray, 1 black and white nursery print, and a different bright color in each of the centers. Should please Mom, by the way studies show that babies first recognize black and white as a pattern, and later the bright colors yellow being first.
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    I hear this so often - the recipient asks for certain colors and styles.....and I see the quilter struggle to try to find the "right" fabric and color combination. It seems to take all the pleasure out of making and giving someone a gift.....more like a "special order".

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    Do the log cabin quilt, putting the bright colors as the centers...it will be beautiful! Another option is a double sided quilt...do what you want on one side, and on the flip side, put large blocks made from black, gray and tiny bits of the bright colors...maybe 4 blocks, very large ones. That room will not always be pepto pink.


    Quote Originally Posted by mrsk View Post
    I would like some opinions. I like & respect everyones thoughs on this. Recently I have been making baby shower quilts for family members, ( lots lately!) & I usually give the recipient a choice of blanket or bag, & ask if there are any particular color likes or dislikes. The most resent request is for a boy, who will be sharing a room with his 8 yr old step-sister who does not live in the home on a full time babsis, but they have painted the room "pepto-pink" for her. The problem is, I was requested to do a black & grey quilt "so as not to clash with the room" but I had found some construction worker fabric & some co-ordinating fabrics I think would have been great to make the baby a beautiful quilt in bright blue, red, green & yellow. Do I go with the mothers wishes, or go with mine, or I had also thought of doing a version of the log cabin but with a single colored square in the center with blacks on one side & greys/whites on the other. Each square would have a different color though-like one center would be red, the next would be blue, the next would be green, etc. Thoughts? Ideas? I really do want her gift to be used & cherished....
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