Quilts for Babies

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

Over the last couple of months I’ve had the chance to make two baby quilts for little girls. I love smaller quilts, they make me feel like I accomplished something in a shorter period of time. They also allow me to dive into new fabric piles right away.

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

I’m not going to win any photography awards for these pictures but I wanted to share them with you anyway. It happened to be rainy and gloomy when I finished both – and they needed to be wrapped and gifted right away.

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

I made this first quilt mostly with fabric from Sarah Jane Studio’s line, Out to Sea. I did incorporate some others from my stash….some pink and white dots from Children at Play, a navy print from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, a yellow stripe from Cloud 9’s Simpatico, a yellow cross hatch as well.

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

I used another squares-in-squares design, I hope you aren’t tired of those yet! Actually, these blocks came from my Lemon Squares quilt pattern (free!). I just didn’t use any white on this smaller quilt. I backed the quilt with minky to make it super soft and quilted it with wavy lines. I think it will be perfect for fall and winter in Chicago.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt

This next quilt is for a little girl I met in SLC at the Sewing Summit. I pulled an assortment of fabrics from my stash for this one. I wanted the quilt to be feminine without screaming “I’m a girl!!” Hopefully that came across in my color selections. I chose a modern, wonky cross design.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt

Somehow I’ve never made a wonky cross quilt before, only blocks. I had a lot of fun with this one. The quilting is random straight lines. I wanted it to stay nice and soft after lots of washing.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt

The backing is the parade panel from Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play with some pinwheels along the bottom.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt Back

Hopefully both quilts are well loved over the next several years!

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21 Comments

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    Dianne

    October 24, 2012

    Both of those quilts are VERY cute! Great ideas for baby quilts.

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    Deb@asimplelifequilts

    October 24, 2012

    Both of your quilts are adorable. I love making quilts for kids – there are so many fun fabrics to choose from.

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    Holly

    October 24, 2012

    Very cute! When you back a quilt with minky, do you use batting too? Just curious, I just ordered some minky and am trying to figure out the quilting part.

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      Faith

      October 24, 2012

      Hi Holly! I have been using batting too when I do that. Then I make my quilt sandwich, quilt and bind as usual. It’s actually not bad at all. And the resulting quilt is nice, thick and cozy.

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    Teje

    October 24, 2012

    Hi Faith! Boths patterns are so great and you have wonderful colours!

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    Kristan

    October 24, 2012

    Perfect, stunning modern baby quilts. Nicely done, Faith!

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    Jenny

    October 24, 2012

    Very sweet, both. You are brave to use the minky — do you have any tips for taming it into being a quilt back, or is it not as wily as I imagine? I have a parade panel that I’m hoarding. I have three boys, and each of my good friends have three boys . . . . Not sure when it will get used.

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      Faith

      October 24, 2012

      I pin a lot, but really it’s not bad at all! I find it harder to work with when I’m not quilting with it honestly. Pin baste and you will be fine. 🙂

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    Melissa

    October 24, 2012

    I love how you used minky on the back. I am really going to have to try that. Your quilts turned out adorable and I am sure the recipients are going to love them!

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    Lyanna L.

    October 24, 2012

    That children at play panel you used for the back is gorgeous – I think I now need to go find some for a few baby quilts. I love it as the back! =)

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    Elaine M

    October 24, 2012

    Both are so cute. Love wonky crosses. Never have tried Minky, will get some.

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    Meredith F.

    October 24, 2012

    I love your square in a square quilts – I never tire of that design! The wavy line quilting is just perfect on that one! Beautiful.

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    Marian Griffin

    October 24, 2012

    These are both so gorgeous! I love how they both look girly but not overly so, they’re beautiful! Thank you for including the link to the square in square pattern! I was wondering about that because I love how great it looks, especially to feature favorite fabrics so you saved me some time looking for it! I’m sure they’ll be loved up!

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    Gertie Pye

    October 24, 2012

    Love both of these cute quilts – especially the fussy cutting on the first and the parade backing on the second!

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    Beth

    October 24, 2012

    both are so very cute and sure to be well loved

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    Heather

    October 24, 2012

    Very sweet little quilts. I must know, how was it quilting with the minky backing?

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      Faith

      October 24, 2012

      Hi Heather – this is my third time quilting with a minky back (I think) and really it’s not bad at all! I just pin a lot when I’m basting. It’s no problem. I find minky harder to work with when I’m not quilting it.

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    October 24, 2012

    I love both!! I have never used minky for anything, it has always scared me for some reason? I imagine it must make the most wonderful quilt backing!

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    paty z

    October 25, 2012

    Hi Faith!! Beautiful as always. I´ve tried to quilt using the wavy lines using my Bernina but had lots of problems with it. How much tension do you use and how much pressure did you put in the pressing foot. I used a long stitch I think I used a 4.

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    Becki Seay

    October 25, 2012

    I’m getting ready to make some baby quilts. Do you prewash your fabrics. I’ve made a big quilt with your Lemon Squares pattern and I loved it.

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      Faith

      October 26, 2012

      Hi Becki – I usually do not prewash my fabrics for quilts. The only time I might is if I’m mixing types of fabric and I think they might shrink at different rates (for example, using a linen fabric in a quilt with cotton fabric).

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