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Date: 8/30/12 1:35 PM

So I got this idea to try my hand at quilting and so far my attempts at piecing haven't been a total disaster. Yay me!

Two of my best friends are expecting and this fabulous idea popped in my mind to work on baby quilts. Of course, it sounds like a fabulous idea until I realize I have no idea how big one of them should be, what I should back one with or even what to use for batting.

I Googled a few things and don't really see any consistent idea. To be honest, I'd trust the people of PR on this subject... so any input, ideas, etc?

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Date: 8/30/12 1:50 PM

sizing

Hope this helps some for sizing and so forth.

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Date: 8/30/12 2:12 PM

For backing you can get cuddly soft baby flannel in solid colors/prints like this: Moda Cuddle Fabric

Batting: warm and white or warm and natural. You can buy this pre-packaged in a crib size (about 45 x 60 I think).

A disappearing nine patch made with a charm pack would be quick and easy!

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Date: 8/30/12 2:34 PM

That helped a lot, thank you so much! And the strips and sizing info is probably going to be really useful, I'm printing it out now

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Date: 8/30/12 2:36 PM

Cuddle Fabric... what a cool name Thank you for the advice!

I'm leaning towards at least one in a disappearing nine patch - aside from being so easy, I think it's a pretty cool design.

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Date: 8/30/12 2:36 PM

Make sure you let us see when you done

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Date: 8/30/12 2:40 PM

This is one easy way. At Joann's and Hancock's there are nursery print panels!! Oh yes, and they can be used as the quilt top, or both top and backing...I have been researching just this topic, and the size I find to be the average for a crib quilt is 52x34. Since fabric of this sort, should we chose fabric yardage, is about 36" to 44" wide, it makes a purchase pretty small really - yard and a half for top and yard and a half for backing. But no one is going to critique you for some differing proportions! Have fun and share!

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Date: 8/30/12 2:57 PM

Thank you Muffet! - I'll take a peek when I swing by JoAnn's this week. And that makes a lot of sense about the sizing and fabric buying - I keep forgetting about "normal" fabric width since most of what I typically use is 54-60" stretch fabrics.

And yeah, the learning curve with moving to quilting has been interesting. I rarely ever used to pin, nor did I ever press my seams. Obviously that's not going to work here.

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Date: 8/30/12 3:07 PM

Pin and press, press, press!!! Ok. I always use the cotton setting with lots of steam, no matter the fabric. I like crisp seams and hems.

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Date: 8/30/12 3:44 PM

How can we not help a man who asks for directions!!!

Whatever else you decide, please let me put in a plea for 100% cotton for fabric, thread and batting. Cotton is non-allergenic, and much safer for babies. Should there, God forbid, be a fire, the baby's parents can wrap him in a cotton quilt to protect her. Cotton burns to ash, so if a flame touches it it will not melt as polyester will.

Cotton breathes, and can absorb up to 25 times its own weight in moisture, and babies are moist.

You cannot go wrong with 100% in quilting, and it truly is the best thing for babies and small children.

The other thing I might mention is that people have the tendency to use pastels for babies. Actually, babies like bright colors, and bright colors are good for them; bright colors stimulate the infant brain, and are so much fun to quilt with.

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