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LifeLovePassion 02-13-2020 09:14 AM

Baby quilt size question
I was thinking of making a small baby quilt out of 1 charm pack, but the finished size of the top would only be 27*31.5 inches. I am going to use either no batting and use minky or fleece for the back, or else use batting and back with flannel so that it is nice and snuggly.

I am now questioning if these will just be way too small. It's almost more of a lovey size at that point. I did also order some white charm squares so I could add to my pack and do more of a disappearing 9 patch pattern and make them bigger.

So, what is a good size to give as a gift to someone? I want it to be used and well loved by the recipient, so I want it to be practical.

quiltsRfun 02-13-2020 09:42 AM

I usually like to go bigger so it can be used longer.

Moira in N.E. England 02-13-2020 10:02 AM

Why not add a contrasting border?

5.5 inches added to each side will increase the width and length by 10 inches. If you have yardage of a fabric you will be able to get each border strip from the width of the fabric.

osewme 02-13-2020 10:09 AM

Maybe you could put sashing between your blocks in addition to added border(s) to increase the size. We would love to see a finished picture when it's all done just because we love to drool over finished quilts. :D

greensleeves 02-13-2020 10:17 AM

I think 36" square is the smallest useful size. Crib size is around 42 x 54. Borders on a charm pack size is the easiest way to increase size.

LifeLovePassion 02-13-2020 04:53 PM

I will have to run to JoAnn and see what I can find that might coordinate. Next time, I will plan better.

quiltingshorttimer 02-13-2020 05:26 PM

I always make more crib size--that way they can use once they are old enough to have a quilt in bed with them.

Jingle 02-13-2020 05:27 PM

I make quilts for foster kids 43" x 58". I buy the crib size batting 45" x 60".

I never make quilts smaller. The above size can be used a lot longer.

sewingsuz 02-13-2020 08:23 PM

I don't make anything smaller then 45x45".

Quilt30 02-13-2020 09:36 PM

Add borders

copycat 02-14-2020 03:10 AM

I made a quilt with a charm pack and added a large focus square in the center of the quilt along with borders. The pattern is free. The link below takes you to the post I made on the quilt board with a photo and pattern name. Have fun!


Rff1010 02-14-2020 04:15 AM

Raid the stash/ scrap pile. Make some more blocks. Add a border.

LifeLovePassion 02-14-2020 04:44 AM

Originally Posted by Rff1010 (Post 8360675)
Raid the stash/ scrap pile. Make some more blocks. Add a border.

Sadly, I don't have a stash since I am a newbie. (so far, I've only pieced tops from kits made at my quilting group, this is my first time attempting a "real" quilt) I did buy some white charm squares, so I may be able to integrate those somehow. If not, I will run out and but something today. :)

juliasb 02-14-2020 07:11 AM

I usually add about 6.5" to each side for a quilt the size you are describing. I like a larger baby quilt it can be used much longer and can be carried around for years.

Irishrose2 02-14-2020 09:25 AM

Mine always end up square - the one I'm cutting today will be 44x44 because my batting is 45" wide.

LifeLovePassion 02-14-2020 04:26 PM

After a successful fabric shopping trip, I am set to begin!

WMUTeach 02-15-2020 04:42 AM

I would add some borders. I make quilts that are about 40 inches square. That allows me to fit the top on the backing without piecing the back. That is where my laziness kicks in. When the quilt is finished they are about 41 /42 square with the addition of the binding.

Rff1010 02-15-2020 05:36 AM

This pattern looks like it might suit your needs!

just janet 02-15-2020 05:22 PM

All the baby quilts I've made have been close to 45X60. I buy that size batting whenever I have a coupon from Joann's so I always have one on the ready.

cathyvv 02-15-2020 07:25 PM

Most of the baby quilts I make are between 36" - 40" by 45" - 60. That way the quilt will be big enough for the toddler the baby becomes. I love all 3 of your backing choices, but personal preference is to use batting.

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