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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > First Baby Quilt ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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First Baby Quilt
flannel? fleece?
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Date: 12/5/11 9:07 PM

My husband's niece is having her first baby (due in mid July). I want to make a quilt for her. Since the baby will be born in summer, I know most would think a quilt is silly, but winter will soon follow summer.

I am thinking I would like to use a satin type binding so he/she will get a silky feel, but also would like suggestions about wether fleece or flannel would be the better choice for the top? What would be the opinions/suggestions about using a pieced flannel top with a solid fleece back? I am thinking of skipping the batting especially if i use fleece since it will help "thicken" it up.

I will be using my machine to "tack quilt" the top to the back. Just a small design in the center of each block and at the corners. Any suggestions about this or comments?

Any advice, past experiences, etc would be greatly appreciated.

Oh and they do not know if it will be a boy or girl yet, so what are the opinions of a unisex quilt (yellows and greens) vs waiting to find out if it is a girl/boy?

For reference sake...this isnt my first quilt, just first baby quilt. I typically do full size quilts...love making the tops but hate quilting (i hate the quilting part of quiliting...odd i know). I typically get my full size quilts sent out, tie them or stitch in the ditch on my machine.
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Date: 12/5/11 9:29 PM

Congrats on being a great Aunt

I usually make queen size quilts or bigger but have made a few baby quilts - usually cheat and use either a panel or themed fabric then practice my free motion quilting - fun. I usually use fleece on the back which means that the quilt is easy care ie can be machine washed.
Nothing wrong with stitch in the ditch or tying a quilt.
It is easier to move the smaller quilts when machine quilting so not such an effort compared to the larger size "adult' quilts.

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Date: 12/5/11 10:46 PM

I make lots of pieced blankets out of flannel. Most are 5 inch squares of 3 different fabrics, a cute print and 2 coordinating solids or reads like solids. The othe side is usually the cute print. Sometimes I make a binding, but mostly I sew them together right sides together and turn. I finish by doing a decorative stitch all the way around. Finish size about 35x 45. They are nice for swaddling, laying on the floor, covering in crib, and my grand daughter's favorite to drag around the house.

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