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    Need help picking easy baby quilt patterns, need 3 quilts...

    Good morning,

    It has been a very long time since I have posted or even been to the site. I used to quilt a lot, but since I returned to school 3 1/2 years ago, I have been unable to quilt much due to time restraints. I am almost done with school (2 classes this spring and 1 more over the summer) and I am working almost full time for a oral surgeon and still have my other part time job of stocking magazines. Plus taking care of my family.

    The reason for my long overdue post today is, 3 of my co-workers are about to become first time grandmothers, 1 in Mid-February and the other 2 at the end of March. I have a 1 month break from school and I would like to attempt to make 1-3 baby quilts for my co-workers, using very simple and fast working patterns. I am mostly using scraps from my stash and will buy if I absolutely have to. I expect to have to buy the backing at least. Can you suggest some very easy and fast working patterns that I could look at and possibly use for these quilts. Ultimately I would like to do a quilt for each of the co-workers, but fear I will not have enough time before school starts again, so even if I can do just one, I would be happy. Out of the 3 co-workers, the one who would get it if I just did one would be my office manager because she has gone above and beyond to help me move up in my job.

    Thank you in advance and Happy New Year!

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    I love the Warm Wishes Pattern. Also Quilts For Kids website has some good patterns. Just google those sites and the patterns are free.

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    quiltermaker.com/patterns Three quilts, very fast and easy!
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    Ditto what she said. I always Google for free patterns. So many for babies. Even a simple block with sashing.
    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301 View Post
    I love the Warm Wishes Pattern. Also Quilts For Kids website has some good patterns. Just google those sites and the patterns are free.

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    I know you said you want to use your scraps but because you have time constraints, the quickest way would be to buy a cute panel and maybe do an easy border around it. You could do hst's or friendship stars, they always work up quickly. Sounds like a fun challenge for yourself. Enjoy.

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    I think this is the link that quiltin-nannie was trying to give you:

    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=184

    Not scrappy, but designed to make three baby quilts which sounds perfect for you!

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    found out if you use search "super size nine patch" you will be able to access pattern on Quiltmaker.com


    Thanks Donna, I just couldn't get it to work for me!
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    I have discovered fleece as a backing/batting -- makes the middle process of quilt making go faster and so soft and cozy
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    Love the nine patch/snowball. It is always my go to. Very easy! Fast?? But worth it.
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    Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. I spent a good hour looking around and decided to go with a pin wheel pattern. Since I am using fabric I have, they won't be soft colors, but bright and cheery. There are two girls and one boy expected. Thank you all.

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    I see you have decided on pinwheels. If you can find or have a center that would work, surround with pinwheels, border and you are good to go. Using pastels would make it more babyish. Good luck. Sounds like you are one busy woman with lots and lots on her plate. Congrats on finishing school. Not easy with full-time job, kids, and the other things of life.

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    Disappearing nine-patch

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    Snow ball quilts are great for quick baby quilts. Here is a sample of one I made in a weekend. Just choose a fun focus fabric and a neutral filler. This is all snow ball blocks and I put them on point. On point makes a bigger quilt faster and looks cool.
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    If you want super-quick, choose a cute fabric (perhaps a remnant in your stash), border it multiple times with coordinating fabric. Can stitch in the ditch quilt it or simply machine stitch either cross-hatch or make squares. Unless the recipient is a quilter, the "cuteness" of the quilt makes the big impression and the quality or extent of work is not appreciated.

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    Here is a site for the free bullseye block http://heartstringquilts.blogspot.ca...-tutorial.html

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    Your idea of doing pinwheels in bright colors sounds adorable!

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    For a busy woman like you, an improv quilt would be fun, relaxing and quick. Just start with a cute fussy cut piece of fabric and add coordinating strips, like illinois said.
    If you do pinwheel, use the Jenny Doan trick (sewing the four side of two square put right side facing and cut it diagonally). It speed up the process.

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    The cheese and crackers pattern by Atkinson designs is very nice. It works up quickly and looks very good when done!

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    I see you are in New York. Another reader suggested polar fleece backing and I would like to add to that.

    If you use polar fleece you will not only save time and money but the quilt will be so cozy!

    Using fleece for backing, without batting, enables you to quilt with minimal stitching, in fact it is recommended for a cozier feel, as in 8-10 inches apart! Stitch in the ditch is perfect and you only need to stitch it in one direction, just be sure that direction is PARALLEL TO THE SELVEDGE OF THE FLEECE. This is due to the stretchiness of the fleece. The other way it saves a lot of time is that all you have to do to bind it is cut the fleece 1" away from the edges of the quilt, fold over twice and zig zag down and you're done! You could easily make three quilts in a week this way. Best of luck to you!
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    http://www.favequilts.com/

    I like this site and today there are baby quilt patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michellesews View Post
    I see you are in New York. Another reader suggested polar fleece backing and I would like to add to that.

    If you use polar fleece you will not only save time and money but the quilt will be so cozy!

    Using fleece for backing, without batting, enables you to quilt with minimal stitching, in fact it is recommended for a cozier feel, as in 8-10 inches apart! Stitch in the ditch is perfect and you only need to stitch it in one direction, just be sure that direction is PARALLEL TO THE SELVEDGE OF THE FLEECE. This is due to the stretchiness of the fleece. The other way it saves a lot of time is that all you have to do to bind it is cut the fleece 1" away from the edges of the quilt, fold over twice and zig zag down and you're done! You could easily make three quilts in a week this way. Best of luck to you!
    I have found that a baby quilt made with 100% cotton is a gift much more appreciated because it makes it more unique. You can find easily for cheap blanket made of fleece or any plolyester blend, but not cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen View Post
    Good morning,

    It has been a very long time since I have posted or even been to the site. I used to quilt a lot, but since I returned to school 3 1/2 years ago, I have been unable to quilt much due to time restraints. I am almost done with school (2 classes this spring and 1 more over the summer) and I am working almost full time for a oral surgeon and still have my other part time job of stocking magazines. Plus taking care of my family.

    The reason for my long overdue post today is, 3 of my co-workers are about to become first time grandmothers, 1 in Mid-February and the other 2 at the end of March. I have a 1 month break from school and I would like to attempt to make 1-3 baby quilts for my co-workers, using very simple and fast working patterns. I am mostly using scraps from my stash and will buy if I absolutely have to. I expect to have to buy the backing at least. Can you suggest some very easy and fast working patterns that I could look at and possibly use for these quilts. Ultimately I would like to do a quilt for each of the co-workers, but fear I will not have enough time before school starts again, so even if I can do just one, I would be happy. Out of the 3 co-workers, the one who would get it if I just did one would be my office manager because she has gone above and beyond to help me move up in my job.

    Thank you in advance and Happy New Year!
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns_d...er/patt230.pdf

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    Any of the free Linus quilts such as Warm Wishes work best.
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    I've made several simple quilts and backed them with flannel. The Mothers say they like them for tummy time because they do not scrunch up on the floor like cotton backed quilts.

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    That is a Nice Pattern, I was going to Suggest just lengthwise or Cross wise Stripes of Cloth (bright would be great) and the quilting could be just circles, squares or even if you are adventurous the Alphabet or simple outlines of Animals, Trucks ,Fish, Birds, Toys etc... (using pictures from kids coloring books as your Quilting stitches design to follow)
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