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Thread: Have you made a baby quilt lately?

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    One of my co-workers is going to become a Grandma for the first time in September. :-)

    Her daughter picked out the fabrics for a quilt (actually, the entire nursery decor); what she chose were cute jungle animals.

    And of course, we all got talking about the trends in nursery decor and we got to wondering about a lot of things:

    - is pink for girls and blue for boys a thing of the past?
    - are jungle animals the latest thing, for boys and girls?
    - are really bright colors in vogue?

    We ourselves like pastels, pink & blue, "Precious Moments", Peter Rabbit and the like... but we're all grandma age (or close to it).

    And we think we're out of tune with the times!

    Well, maybe. We're not quite sure.

    So... have you made a baby quilt recently? What kind of theme / colors did you choose? And which generation are you? Mom or Grandma?

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    Yes, and it was a jungle theme!! LOL

    You can see a pix of it on my blog ...

    It was a SIMPLE quilt, 5 inch squares with a fleece backing..

    http://aliaslaceygreen.wordpress.com/tag/quilts/

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    I am a tweener :wink: Too old to be a MOM and not yet a Grandma :lol:

    I have made a few quilts.. lots of nieces and nephews.. the last one was for a girl and had the bright butterflies and lime green :shock: They loved it ...

    Another niece did her daughters room in black and white zebra stripes

    Different strokes for different folks I guess and yes the times they are changing LOL

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    Grandma here, I have no answers for you, but will be very interested in the answers you get, because I have been wondering the same thing.

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    My grandson is only 15 months and DD wanted everything in John Deere. I made his quilt, diaper stacker, sheets and bed skirt for his crib with JD fabric. We drove all over trying to find enough matching for everything.

    I always thought it was pale blues/yellows/greens for boys and pinks and white with flowers for girls. But times are changing.

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    I'm a grandma of 3 (soon to be 4) under 5 years old. I've got 2 grandsons, and a granddaughter. I've made them each a couple of quilts in various colors/styles. I've also made the moms quilts with birth announcements/baby pics. I think everyone likes those the best. :)

    I don't know really what the trends are. I make what I think they will like (and what I like). I did one with Laurel Burch Jungle fabric for my great nephew. That was such a beautiful print. For the boys, I did blue/yellow puppies, blue/yellow Snoopy & Woodstock, Pirates that had a lot of tan/green/blue/yellow, etc. For the girl, I did pastels, one with teal/coral mermaids. For the new baby (gender TBD), I hope to do either turtles or frogs and I will tailor it to boy or girl once I find out. I've done pinks/green stars for a baby girl.

    I read that babies see black & white first. I only recently started liking black & white. LOL They look great with a few brights mixed in. I found a pattern called Love Bugs that is perfect for the B&W with color. I hope to make that one to keep here and use when they visit.

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    I personally still think pick is for girls and blue is for boys, however, a jungle theme can go both ways. I have seen a lot of the bright pinks, greens and teals for baby decor themes. I think the brighter colors are "in". My youngest is 5 so it hasn't been too long for me. When my son was born (age 11 now) it was all about Noah's Ark!

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    When I was pregnant with my DS three years ago, I chose a somewhat jungle-themed set of bedding and decor. It was called "Mommy and Me" and had mama and baby elephants, bears, alligators, giraffes, etc. But it wasn't really in bright colors, more tans, browns, reds and greens, gender neutral.

    But I would say that the bright colors and jungle animals are definitely in. Fisher Price has a new line of highchairs, bouncers and the like with a focus on jungle animals. If you ever want to know what's "big" in children's decor, just take a stroll through Toys R Us and you'll see.

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    I have made several. Last fall I made one sage green with monkeys on it for our granddaughter, course it was for a boy. I embroidered the moneys square with my machine. I have also made a little quilt sort of like overall bill. I didn't question our granddaughter on her colors, it was her decision and I just made the blankets and quilts. From what I understand our little mothers-to-be are using just about everything these days. I know your quilt will be appreciated!!! glenda in texas [email protected]

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    Oh yes. Too many to count in all colors and themes.
    I am a gramma so i was used to pink-girls blue-boys.
    Now it seems anything goes, which is good so you have a lot of choices. :lol:

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    Just did one for a friend who did NOT want pink even though it was for a girl. So I got some bright lime green fabric with the words "Girl Bugs" and lady bugs, butterflies, dragonflies, in yellow,white and just a little bit of hot pink, and used darker bright lime green sashing with the bright yellow squares on half and yellow sashing with the green squares on the alternating ones facing the opposite way. If I did another one I would do hot pink piping around the 6" center square before adding the sashing. But it came out really cute anyway. I backed with a lime green flannel & tied it with bright yellow 1/8" satin ribbon tied in tiny bows.
    Oh, I'm a Grammy!
    Have some cute animal fabric with a more pastel green background that could be either boy or girl.

    Have you checked with the moms as to what they want? Some want brights, some have a theme, some want a particular color scheme, and some are just grateful for whatever you do!

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    yep made lots of them lately and since I just found out a couple weeks ago that my sister is pregnant will be making several more.

    Personally I like solid colors that make up the quilt, brown/black, pink/blue, and cream. And I also like vintage nursery rhymes. I have recenly made several that are blue/pink and white. I also love a very clean look.

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    I've done jungle themes, frogs and tropical fish for boys and cute bugs, tropical fish and flowers for girls.
    I like the bright and cheery colors personally.

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    Old grandma here, and todays colors for babies just turn me off. I still prefer the softer colors for a new baby, I just think it suits them. I am ready to start making baby quilts to put back for great-grandbabies, whenever the time comes. For the two GD, I will make their quilts from clothing I"ve made for them in the past. For the three boys, I will probably use soft colors too. It seems funny thinking about making quilts to "put back", but I'm 71, and only two grandchildren are of the age to become parents, and there is a good chance I won't be around to see Greats from the younger ones, so this is my way of showing love for them when I'm not here. IS that being silly?

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    This is interesting as I have to make a baby quilt my October for a boy!

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    oops, duplicate post!

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    I have made 16 baby quilts in the last 5 years! For the last few grandbabies' quilts, I asked the moms if they wanted pastels or brights and they always want brights. I made one in primary colors, one in red, blue and tan cowboy fabrics, one in bright pink, purple and lime green and the last one in purple, hot pink, teal, bright blue, lime green and bright dark yellow. The girl quilt in pink, lime green and purple was princess fabric that sparkled. My DIL picked it out. About 4 years ago I made pastel quilts for twin girls because they decorated the room in pastels.

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    I'm a grandma and I have made 2 disappearing 9 patch baby quilts with batiks and solids that go with them. They are stunning and really different. Both recipients of the quilts were thrilled with the way they were so unlike anything their friends babies had. (Of course you have to
    know the person you are making it for -- there are so many all coordinated nurseries going on now -- pretty boring).

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    I made over a dozen baby quilts in the last two years and they varied by the parent and the gender of the child. Boys: Neon colored Dinosaur Babies on black, Noah's Ark in light pastels, Glittery Butterflies on bright yellow with lime green, blue and orange Jungle Babies with blue, orange and green, Critter Jamboree with bright red, blue, green and cream, Cow jumped over the Moon on cream, Chocolate and pastel blue, and a Sunstreaked Shadows of green, blue, gold and brick red. Girls: Light pastel with Teddy bears, Hot pink friendship stars surrounded with multicolored pastel dots on white, Citris colored multiprint, Chocolate and pink, White bubbles on brighter pastels, and a Bright Batik.

    I agree that "anything goes" seems to be the current trend but at least they still love our quilts!

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    I have made several lately. A crumb block D9P that had all kinds of colors, a pinwheel with bright prints/neutrals, a yellow and white 9 patch, and a strip quilt with cream and I-spy fabrics. I think anything goes these days.

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    YEP...I turned out a quilt top for a baby last night...my favorite pattern for little ones. For one thing, I let the family "decorate the nursery", and I make Floor Quilts. You know, the kind that you throw down for a clean spot to lay the tot on...that way, I get to choose something that I think will be found interesting to a newborn/toddler. The top finishes just under 45", and it allows me to put all of those interesting fabrics that are supposed to be good for infants...black and whites, geometrics...the pattern is called Olivia's Wallhanging and can be found on the Connecting Threads site. This is my go to pattern, all babies get one! And if stitched out of quality fabrics will hold up to lots of washings, as I want to make a quilt that will get used, and still be small enough for a toddler to tote around once they get mobile! I love this pattern!!!! (I do use the technique for hourglass units instead of the triangles for the star point patches. (All square subunits are 4 1/2 unfinished)

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    My neice is having a baby boy in September. I didn't ask anyones preference, I'm making her a blue quilt with trucks embroidered on it. I hope she likes it.

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    I just finished my first raggedy quilt. Its Holly Hobby fabric. It was so much fun I am ready to try another one. I will try and post a picture.
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    Many folks seem to be into monkeys and jungle themes lately.

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    IF I am ever a grandma I will make pretty pastel quilts for the newborns and then brighter ones for them as they grow, but I INSIST that babies and pastels GO TOGETHER!

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