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Thread: Baby Shower gift delemma

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    i say do both their are two sides to a quilt... smile ... and quite asking just make what you will have fun doing and i promise they will enjoy it.... smile

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    I think I would go with the Mother's wishes....you asked...she answered. Babies don't see colors anyway so the red square will be what he will be attracted to won't it. Like a lot of the answers you have received already, go with a reversible one then you both with be happy. You don't want her to put your hard work put in a closet do you?

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    Since you did ask the mother, I think you should follow her wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psailer View Post
    i say do both their are two sides to a quilt... smile ... and quite asking just make what you will have fun doing and i promise they will enjoy it.... smile
    I am curious how long you have known this couple? If she made the quilt and it wasn't received as you promise, what would you be willing to do? Make 2 quilts for a charity project? Just kidding. But promises should be made seriously.

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    This quilt I would (unfortunately) do the black and grey. But I might throw in one or two of the colorful construction blocks as you know babies love colors and different patterns, and there are research studies proving this. I would reconsider asking people about preferences as far as colors.....I do agree that asking if they prefer a blanket or bag is a great idea, but by taking out the color option this allows you, the creator, to express yourself and your colors to make the quilt as lovely as the infant that will be wrapped in it. I don't like seeing a small baby in black and grey it seems so sinister or bland. Babies deserve bright happy colors and designs.
    Good luck. I know this would be so hard for me to do but I know you can muster the courage and create something wonderful and special for your newest family member.

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    I would go with what the mom wants, since you asked her. I would add another color to the quilt. Maybe a medium blue or a green, just to add some color. Oh,yea, also some white to lighten it up.
    Just my opinion.
    Vonda-Texas MiMi of 4 Beautiful Grandbabies

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    I'd do what you want on the front and the black and gray on the back, that way you're covered and you know she will love it!

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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.
    I think I like this idea best.

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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.
    And that is just what I would tell the mom. This quilt is not for the baby's room. It is for using it on the living room floor, or for covering the baby in his carseat, or..... This quilt will be the utility or drag-around quilt (the baby's favorite {{{wink wink}}}}. I'm in the same dilemma. The mom told me that the theme of the boys' room will be nautical. Well, I already have a panel in primary colors. So I'll use it and make the same "explanation" when it is given.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    And that is just what I would tell the mom. This quilt is not for the baby's room. It is for using it on the living room floor, or for covering the baby in his carseat, or..... This quilt will be the utility or drag-around quilt (the baby's favorite {{{wink wink}}}}. I'm in the same dilemma. The mom told me that the theme of the boys' room will be nautical. Well, I already have a panel in primary colors. So I'll use it and make the same "explanation" when it is given.
    BTW, I also like the idea of the gray camo fabric for one side (preferably the backing).
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    How about doing a reversible quilt? One side, in the colors you like. And, on the other side, the colors the mother has requested. I would consider it rude to ask what colors someone would like and then pass judgement, refuse to use them and use what I like anyway.

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    In my opinion you asked what she wanted and she told you so I feel you should honor her request even though it is an odd color combination but you did state you want her to use it. She may not like what your choice is just as you don't particularly like hers.
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    Seems like the theme here is:

    If you don't think you are going to like the answer, don't ask the question.

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    If you ask the question, respect/honor the answer.

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    Thanks to everyone for your ideas, thoughts & suggestions. I knew hearing your thoughts would help me. I do want to respect the mother's wishes, but still have the quilt "talk" to me. I think the bright construction quit with the grey camo backing would be a great compromise. Especially since dad is from a STRONG hunting family. I am also a former early learning teacher & recognise that black & white are the first colors a baby sees, so I really didn't have a problem with those colors but I would like the "new" baby to use this quilt long into his childhood....thus the yearn for a brightly colored quilt. Once again thanks for all the ideas. I will try to post a picture when I finish.

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    Baby K's Quilt

    Well better late than never, here's what I ended up doing, I have several pictures, so if they aren't all here, I'll be posting more in a few minutes. Thanks to everyone for ALL your wonderful suggestions!
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    Baby K's Quilt

    with backing simply won't load! AAAArg! Well I'll try again, but it was a simple grey paisley print, to honor the mom's wishes, and I made the front bright & colorfull like I wanted! Thye parents said they liked it, but I can only hope they really do.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605 View Post
    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.
    Thank you while reading this post I kept thinking please do not put a quilt on that new baby!! Babies need nothing other than a warm sleeper or a blanket tucked under their arms. Let us prevent Sudden Infant Death syndrome!

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    Beautiful...very colourful.

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    I love it! Great work!!!

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    When my son was born 22 1/2 yrs ago,
    The first of his quilts was black and white.
    E eryone loved especially my son.
    For thefirst few months, babys focus on black and white
    they also like fa es and geometric shapes.
    I made him a black ad white sq. Quilt and
    Apliqued geo shapes onit.
    he loved looking at it

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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.
    That's the KEY right there. Tell the mom that this quilt is for her and baby to knock around in. Throw it on the floor in the den or bring it outside to lay the baby on. Then it can be the baby's drag around quilt, etc. And...I don't ask or give choices. I "surprise" them with what I chose for the baby.

    PS It is a very thoughtful gesture of the mom to consider the little girl who shares the room. But, IMHO, no black and gray for Baby.Good luck.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    I just saw on bing the cutest penguin quilt.
    if you know the babys name, appit in
    add brihtcolor

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