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Thread: Gender Neutral baby quilt???

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    Can anyone tell me good colors for this kind of quilt?

    I know Green, Cream, yellow.....

    Can you put pinks, blues, browns in a gender neutral baby quilt?

    I'm soooo lost on what to do.

    Thanks
    Kimberly

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    blues, brown are certainly gender neutral... I'd go light on the pink tho.....

    I had a commissioned baby quilts for a girl that was tan and brown... I was bored out of my mind... the parents were thrilled with it..... to each their own

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    I had to make a gender neutral quilt and I used primary colors -- red, blue, yellow, green, orange. It turned out great!

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    Oh this seems to becoming more common- young parents deciding not to find out if the baby is a boy or girl! (And I am old enough to have had two kids and zero sonograms!) I just made a quilt for my niece, gender neutral, using the Winnie the Pooh classic fabrics- mostly greens with some beiges, browns,aqua etc, but there were tiny touches of pink and blue- they loved it.I think as long as it is not strongly boy or girl themed it will be wonderful!

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    LOL, I know your delema! My DD wanted a "non traditional baby quilt" a few years back. At least I had a gender. For a girl, she picked out pink, orange, brown and gold batiks. Most pretty quilt. Made it big enough for the kid to drag it around for years.


    DD wanted it as a gift to friends. I am not a Grammy or never will be according to my only child, the DD.

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    Could you ask the mother what colour theme she is using in the nursery? I really like some of the bright quilts that have been made as I feel these will grow with the babe.
    Good luck in choosing what to make.

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    well to be honest, it is for a teacher....from her 2nd grade class...she is leaving over dec break and not coming back......I drew one up of all primary colors and left 20 6 inches blocks for the kids to take a square home and do what they like and i will sew it in the quilt.... I had an awesome quilt drawn up, with a school theme since it was from the kids, but the room moms want gender neutral baby colors lol so i am back at the drawing block

    Quote Originally Posted by harrold48
    Could you ask the mother what colour theme she is using in the nursery? I really like some of the bright quilts that have been made as I feel these will grow with the babe.
    Good luck in choosing what to make.

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    Primary colors? Btw, I've been a labor and delivery nurse for over 15 yrs, and it seems very few parents choose NOT to know the baby's sex before birth. We LOVE it when they don't know ahead of time. Honestly, how many pleasant surprises are left in life? There are plenty of UNpleasant ones: medical diagnoses, fender-benders, lay-offs. Humanity did fine, not knowing, for all of human history, now all of the sudden, it's a huge inconvenience not to know? One of my favorite birth memories was a woman with 5 girls, having her 6th baby, take her just born baby from the midwife's hands, kissing the baby and saying, " my love, my life, my precious one, my treasure", to her 6th girl. Just sayin'...

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    I have read babies cry more in yellow rooms and tempers fly there as well. I always limit my use of yellow in a baby quilt. Studies have also shown babies like to look at high contrast of colors, which is why you see alot of black and white toys for infants. Black and white may be a boring quilt but you could use other dark to white contrasts. There are no rules though, use what you like or ask the Mother for her color preferences. To keep the quilt safe don't attach anything the baby can pluck out and put in its mouth, like buttons or attached ribbons.

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    This is a request from Room moms for a teacher as a gift from her students...they requested gender neutral LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by MZStitch
    I have read babies cry more in yellow rooms and tempers fly there as well. I always limit my use of yellow in a baby quilt. Studies have also shown babies like to look at high contrast of colors, which is why you see alot of black and white toys for infants. Black and white may be a boring quilt but you could use other dark to white contrasts. There are no rules though, use what you like or ask the Mother for her color preferences. To keep the quilt safe don't attach anything the baby can pluck out and put in its mouth, like buttons or attached ribbons.

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    Taiboo, I think you have the best idea for a teacher. She will love to have the blocks the kids make, especially, and the primary colors you thought of using are certainly gender neutral which should satisfy the room moms. What a perfect gift!

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    Taiboo, I think you have the best idea for a teacher. She will love to have the blocks the kids make, especially, and the primary colors you thought of using are certainly gender neutral which should satisfy the room moms. What a perfect gift!

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    That is what I thought too, but they don't want anything primary related LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by suern3
    Taiboo, I think you have the best idea for a teacher. She will love to have the blocks the kids make, especially, and the primary colors you thought of using are certainly gender neutral which should satisfy the room moms. What a perfect gift!

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    Hey, is it the teacher's baby or the room-moms? I would think the teacher would love the primary colors and "signed by her students.

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    make the quilt you planned and make a pastel one like a D9P for the room moms

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    I'm totally confused .... why would primary colours be considered as not gender neutral???

    If the kids are taking them home to do something with them ... are you providing full instructions to the parents as to what to use, to ensure their work can be made permanent? And not disappear with the first wash?

    What a kind and generous gift to this teacher.

    PS ... don't forget to have the kids print/sign their names

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    this is what I choose for the quilt...I center square would be like a "teacher's name", class year, We will miss you etc... The individual squares would be sent home (muslin) and down in crayon and sent back to me to insert, the black you see as the sashing, is actually black with little primary colors numbers and ABC's...VERY CUTE

    But they want the center square to be a little poem...something about 10 little fingers....10 little toes ... and the primary colors HAVE TO GO LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    I'm totally confused .... why would primary colours be considered as not gender neutral???

    If the kids are taking them home to do something with them ... are you providing full instructions to the parents as to what to use, to ensure their work can be made permanent? And not disappear with the first wash?

    What a kind and generous gift to this teacher.

    PS ... don't forget to have the kids print/sign their names
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    You could tell them to buy the fabric, and you will put it together.

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    we are hopefully going next week to look at fabric, but they want to see just something done up for a picture to show the parents of the class so they can decide if they want to chip in and do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    You could tell them to buy the fabric, and you will put it together.

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    and what if twelve moms like it and three moms don't? will those three not chip in?

    do they remember who the quilt is for? or do they think they're sharing it with the teacher?

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    "Tom-Girl" friend of mine was all anti-pink when she was pregant for her little girl. She went green, yellow, brown camo! This is what I came up with for her.

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    Oh the joys of working in a group .... might be better to back off on this one. Looks to me that you may NEVER please them!! And it could continue to be a fiasco throughout ... challenging (and perhaps ending) friendships.

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    You could always do a red/black/white quilt. Those are the most contrasty colors and thus the first ones a baby recognizes. If you use a cute pattern it can look very baby-ish and still modern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    That is what I thought too, but they don't want anything primary related LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by suern3
    Taiboo, I think you have the best idea for a teacher. She will love to have the blocks the kids make, especially, and the primary colors you thought of using are certainly gender neutral which should satisfy the room moms. What a perfect gift!
    I like your idea and think the teacher will love it. Let the room moms make their own quilt. Just sayin', from a retired teacher. :)

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    Who came up with the quilt idea to begin with? Who will be sewing it together? And who is paying for it? If you, then why are the room mothers telling you how to make it? If they want to make one then they can choose their own colors.

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