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    While you can't make the quilt for a gender specific child, you can make it childish. How about including the alphabet, the numbers, etc. or blocks with baby animals? Having just colors doesn't seem very special.

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    I agree bright colors for either boy or girl

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    I, too, prefer the bright colors for baby quilts, and agree with making them a little larger so they can use them longer!
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    Bright and cheery colors - I vote for Primary as well. My avitar is a baby quilt I did for a friends daughter that wanted Bright!!
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    The suggestion of asking the receiptionist or nurse for the doctor's nursery colours is a good one. I would make the front in those colours and because I also agree with the reason for primary colours for babies, I usually put them on the back.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Red, white and aqua is a beautiful combination.
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    I usually make bright quilts with animals or alphabet theme--got my master's in color therapy and the bright colors are what attrack little eyes. They never see the pastels we are so fond of. My niece requested a small blanket to use in the car seat and at daycare, made of minkie on one side and a satiny fabric on the other. She didn't know what sex, so I just made white. My great niece Adeline, who is nearly 2, still loves her "softie" whenever she is tired or sick or riding in the car seat. She also has a bright red and yellow alphabet quilt that is nearly worn out from being used at daycare for her nappy bed. She received a lot of store bought blankets for a shower, but still gravitates toward the ones I made. I think little ones know that the homemade ones are filled with love.

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    I just finished an animal quilt for a niece that is expecting a girl. She loves animals and it seems like a popular theme for the new parents!

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    Since you live in a cold part of the country, a little quilt that's just right over the baby's car seat would be very useful, also. It doesn't need to be big unless you just want to make a bigger one.

    I agree with the suggestions about using theme fabric from popular children's books that do not lean toward exclusively boy or girl. You can find prints that have leaves or swirls or geometrics or cute animals, and have as your main colors either one or more primaries or green, and nobody will say "What a cute little boy!" when it's a girl, or vice-verse. Pieced houses are a cute theme for any little one. I have been making baby quilts lately and find I gravitate toward quilts that have a lot of white or cream, which creates plenty of contrast, even if you like light colors. For example, check out this one: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/05/...ays-quilt.html Also, warm wishes quilt with a theme fabric and three repeated colors in the strip block looks great in all sorts of color combinations.

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    I like yellow, mint green, turquoise, and pink. Then, depending on the sex of the baby, the appropriate color can be accented.

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    I do bright colors for babies. They get past the black and white atage in something like 6 weeks.

    I am sending along pix 2 of my really fast, but joyful baby quilts. Whenever possible, I put the fabric to work, with minimal sewing but lots of bright color and strong shapes. Many of the standard old fashioned star patterns work well as oversized blocks.

    The second was a quilt in an afternoon, cut sewn pinned, birthed and quilted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKGranny View Post
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    I just finished an animal quilt for a niece that is expecting a girl. She loves animals and it seems like a popular theme for the new parents!

    Where did you find that adorable fabric?
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    What a fun question . . . just remember anything goes in colors for babies! I recently made a quilt in red, gold, and sage with a touch of bright blue. It was fantastic and oh, so colorful! I am presently making one that is coral, yellow, and green. Most of all, just have fun! I've included a picture of a quilt titled "Posies 'Round the Cabin" found in "Creative Log Cabin Quilting", copywrite 2004.
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    Last edited by SugarGrammy; 05-05-2012 at 03:59 PM. Reason: I want to add a picture

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    Where did she go to school? Everybody around here goes to the University of Georgia, so black, white and red are very popular. I would use an old pattern, maybe something with stars or a log cabin, and make it child size.

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    Please, please, please do not limit yourself to primary colors. Besides primary colors can be over stimulating for a baby. make the color interesting. Find a wonderful color you like and go from there. Babies no long are pink or blue or yellow or green. They are every color you can imagine. If you choose a color you like, it will make the quilt special because it will be for the baby but a reflection of.....you!

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    I agree that bright colors are in order. Maybe something like the following....
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    Quote Originally Posted by crzypatcher View Post
    I agree that bright colors are in order. Maybe something like the following....
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    Ooooooooooh... I LOVE those! I'll be right over to pick them up... LOL! They are great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    Where did she go to school? Everybody around here goes to the University of Georgia, so black, white and red are very popular. I would use an old pattern, maybe something with stars or a log cabin, and make it child size.
    She's a grad of U of WI, just like my DD, so it would be black, white & red... hmmmm.. there's an idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarGrammy View Post
    What a fun question . . . just remember anything goes in colors for babies! I recently made a quilt in red, gold, and sage with a touch of bright blue. It was fantastic and oh, so colorful! I am presently making one that is coral, yellow, and green. Most of all, just have fun! I've included a picture of a quilt titled "Posies 'Round the Cabin" found in "Creative Log Cabin Quilting", copywrite 2004.
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    That is ADORABLE! I love those colors! My problem? She's due in August (I just found out) so I;m kind of under the gun time-wise. Back in the day I always kept a "boy" & a "girl" quilt made up on hand for such "emergencies" but that was then & this is now. I'm keeping this cutie in mind, tho, for a future "just in case" baby quilt. Thanks for sharing it... it's precious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    Since you live in a cold part of the country, a little quilt that's just right over the baby's car seat would be very useful, also. It doesn't need to be big unless you just want to make a bigger one.

    I agree with the suggestions about using theme fabric from popular children's books that do not lean toward exclusively boy or girl. You can find prints that have leaves or swirls or geometrics or cute animals, and have as your main colors either one or more primaries or green, and nobody will say "What a cute little boy!" when it's a girl, or vice-verse. Pieced houses are a cute theme for any little one. I have been making baby quilts lately and find I gravitate toward quilts that have a lot of white or cream, which creates plenty of contrast, even if you like light colors. For example, check out this one: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/05/...ays-quilt.html Also, warm wishes quilt with a theme fabric and three repeated colors in the strip block looks great in all sorts of color combinations.
    That's a great quilt! I like lots of white, too. I usually try to make my baby quilts pretty good size so they can use them longer, but sometimes it just depends on what size the pattern ends up being. Thank you for your great suggestions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyKat View Post
    Red, white and aqua is a beautiful combination.
    I keep seeing that color combo in quilting & decorating magazines & I agree with you... it's great --very adaptable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pioneerlady View Post
    Would love to see a pic of your quilt.
    Ditto! I love Bow Tie blocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeterthanwine View Post
    I'm making one right now and it has all kinds of colors - blue, green, red, yellow, pink, purple, and I even threw in some flowers and polka dots. Mother doesn't want anything that looks too babyish. I'm doing a rendition of the dot to dot pattern and I hope it turns out okay - if not - then I will have a lap size quilt for someone.
    Pictures please!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety2911 View Post
    How nice of you to want to make her a quilt. If you don't want to ask the Dr., then I would try to get some information from someone in the office, such as nurse/receptionist as to color ideas. Some people are very fussy about colors.
    I just adore my MD & made her a large lap-sized "Yellow Brick Road" from a fabulous collection of apple fabrics (the name of which I can't remember now -- senior moment!) because the little town she practices in is reknown for their apple orchards. She's a real find & has been our doctor since she was here at Mayo doing her residency! I wish everyone has such a wonderful health care provider. I consider myself very lucky!
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