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Old 07-12-2012, 03:09 PM
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Is there a certain size for baby quilts? There was a picture posted for one made of the very hungry caterpillar which I really loved but can't find the picture, went all thru the pictures to no avail. Wonder if the lady who made it could give me some pointers. Ive never made a baby quilt before. I found measurement of 49x54 on an old pattern but wondered if that wasn't too large. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Baby due in Oct.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:11 PM
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36"x45" and up some make them the width of the fabric square or 42"x42" or whatever the width of the fabric is. No specific size.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:42 PM
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What would quilt be used for? Just the crib, for daycare or to throw on the floor for the baby to play on? I like slightly bigger/thicker quilts. Then the child will get some extra use from it. My son used the same quilt from the "baby room" straight through his last year in preschool. I also washed it every friday and it really stood up. It was a simple irish chain quilt with a novelty fabric on the back (spiderman). I also prefer square quilts (don't ask me why). I made his about 45x45.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:22 PM
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The last two I made were 60" long. Mainly because crib batting is 60" long, so I matched it up with that. It can be any size you wish.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:42 PM
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I have seen them from 36" square to my usual size which is 40x54. I plan on a quilt to be used by a child for several years, first in a crib, then as a drag around and TV quilt. The 40" is because I don't want to piece the back. If I have wider backing, I go with 45x54, the size of Thermore crib batting. I have seen my quilts used in the bottom of a playpen. That works too. Sandilee is right that the size is up to you.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:52 AM
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I usually buy pre-cut and packaged batting first and use it as a guide to the size of the baby quilt.
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I usually make a smallish lap size for a baby quilt
I want the child to get a few years of use before it's outgrown
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:54 PM
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I make quite a few baby quilts (for friends & also for Project Linus) & I make them a variety of sizes. It depends on the pattern I use. But my feeling is bigger is better because then the baby can use it as s/he grows up.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:50 AM
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The hungry Catapillar Quilt is called Inch By Inch and it measures 37 1/2 x 45. The pattern is in a book called Quilting For Baby by Jeanne Stauffer and Sandra L. Hatch.
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