Anyone make Baby Quilt's?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BeckyS0:  my mom quilts. It’s REALLY expensive. You have to buy all cotton fabric, and it’s often more expensive. A baby quilt costs her about $75-$100 in materials alone.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Unless you have quilting sewing machine (big arm and tray to do it) I’d suggest skipping the heavy duty stuff like your images. Instead I’d suggest either a rag quilt with flannel or cotton.. super easy or a bit more complicated appliqué type design. (look up rag quilt if interested).

For an appliqué quilt, Kind of like this http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/03/butterfly-baby-quilt.html I’d pick out two coordinating fabrics and pin them together between some nice batting. I like warm and natural. Then I’d take and cute pretty shapes (butterflies in this case) in various fabrics and place them all over the quilt with a blanket stitch (Your machine should be able to do this). Once the blanket had enough various appliqués that it didnt seem like the pieces would come apart I’d finish off the edges with a binding (you can buy premade pack of satin blanket binding or make your own, again just look for a tutorial). I wouldn’t worry about the actual quilting part. Here is a bit more information if you really want to go for it though… http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-free-motion-quilt-stipple.html. You’d need a machine that allows you to attach a free motion foot to and again unless you have a specfic quilting machine the clearance between the arm and base is going to make it really hard. 

Oh one more thing. Sometimes you can find fabric that is already designed to just be quilted and you just need to add the backing and batting then sew by follow the design lines. Something like that might be an easy option. Joann’s does have a few designs. 

And for the record, not all rag quilts have to be boring…. Give me a second and ill attach a photo of one I made DH. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BeckyS0:  FMIL quilts – to do it well is time consuming and expensive.  If you’re new, I’d suggest going with a rag quilt OR a quilt where you don’t have to piece anything, you’re really just quilting over a pre-printed picture (I think they’re usually called Quilt Panels)

The really hard part about quilting is the actual QUILTING part (where you add the extra stitches through all the layers etc to give it the neat pattern) the ones you posted actually look quite complicated.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

You might think about starting off with making them a baby blanket rather than a quilt – much more manageable for a sewing novice.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Quilting is expensive.  You need rulers and a mat and a cutting blade at the very least.  Those can add up to well over $100.  Each of my quilts run easily $50-100 when you add up all the fabric and the batting.  Also they take a long time to do.  If you are set on doing it go to etsy and look for a pattern.  Most of them come with detailed instructions.  Also I would pick up a quilting for beginners book because most patterns will not explain binding or top quilting.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@BeckyS0:  I use a fairly simple sewing machine to quilt. (I have a Singer 9960 but started quilting on my Singer Basic.) I make baby and lap-size quilts all the time. Yeah, it would probably be easier with a long-arm but I do ok without it. 

Because I didn’t know any better, I picked a pattern based on the fact that I liked it, rather than it being a “easy” pattern. It turned out fine! I did this one. Cutting all the sashing fabric and laying out the squares so they looked good in all directions was the hardest. My #1 piece of advice is to have a large space to lay out all the fabric after it’s cut and before sewing. Like a king bed or your living room floor. Walk around it, looking at it from all sides. Make SURE you know how you want it laid out before you start sewing. Nothing sucks more than sewing up the whole top and then realizing you messed up the placement and having to rip all those seams!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@BeckyS0:  I don’t use a special machine.  I have just a regular sewing machine.  It is a beeeyotch to top quilt the larger blankets but I can’t afford a long arm machine.  The book I have is First-time quiltmaking.  I got it at joanns with a coupon so it was cheaper than this link.  It has a nice little pattern for a really easy starter quilt.

 http://www.amazon.com/First-Time-Quiltmaking-Learning-Quilt-Lessons/dp/1935726234/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391034819&sr=8-2&keywords=first-time+quiltmaking

 

If you have time and patience and are willing to shell out a little money you could make a wonderful gift that will be used often.

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

Also… I used this tutorial for my first quilt. Well… all the quilting/finishing stuff anyway. I cut all the fabric for the pattern I posted above and pieced the top using tips from the tutorial, and then followed the tutorial to the letter once I had the top done. 

 

Other than my sewing machine (and obviously fabric, batting, and thread) the only tools I use are a cutting mat, rotary cutter (ESSENTIAL!), a long ruler that came with the cutting board, an iron & ironing board, small sharp scissors, and a seam ripper. I now have other rulers and stuff for fancier things, but if your pattern is square-based obviously you just need a straight ruler. The bigger one is better for me because it works for long sashing pieces and is just fine for smaller pieces. 

 

ETA: While I’m all for just jumping in and picking whatever pattern you like, I would not personally start with that diamond one. That is fairly advanced. I don’t see any problem with the brick one or the long stripe one. I’m guessing the stripes one is using a jellyroll- precut fabric in 2.5″ by width of fabric (usually 42″) strips. That would be awesome since you’d just have to cut the sashing (in this case- all the white) fabric. Cutting for me is the worst part since I just want to jump in and get started but you really can’t rush it. So look for patterns that use precuts if you can afford a little extra on fabric (precuts generally cost more than the equivilent amount of fabric). http://www.modabakeshop.com/ is a great place for free patterns using pre-cuts. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@BeckyS0:  The ones you above look really hard. Once you sew the front fabric together, the hard part is attaching the backing and batting (if you use it). If you want to use a design to do the stiching, you need the long arm. 

I bought a quilt kit that had all the fabric and it was cut. I could’ve add batting, but I didnt. It was super easy since all I had to do to attache the front to the back was stich in the ditch.

My friend used it when her baby did tummy time. Now that she is a toddler, she sits on the couch with Mommy and Daddy and “her blanket”. 

Here is an example of a cute but easy baby blanket (but you can find the kits in most craft stores like Joanne’s)

http://www.weekendkits.com/ducky-fun-baby-quilt-kit.html

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

1) is quilting super hard? no, not at all

2) What do I need (on a budget)Look in to a few things, jelly roll quilts  fabric that is already cut in to the same size strips and there are some really easy and fun ways to sew them together like These!

There are also two really easy options for quilts if you don’ thave a long arm quilter (which i don’t recomend getting one unless you really really love quilting) many local quilting guilds will have quilting services where you can bring your finished top and the batting and they will put it all together for you professionally for a fee (the one in North poll AK is $70) 

The other way to do it is to make a tie quilt, where you layer the top and the batting and the bottom and then tie them together with colorful embroidery floss or yarn. for the edges of the quilt most people use bias tape or ribbon that you sew on to the edge, this makes a fluffier quilt and you don’ thave to quilt the middle, they work well for blankets on the ground for baby to crawl on or light weight throws over a car seat etc. A good easy/cheap way to start. 

I teach home ec and have made MANY quilts with junior high and highschool students, there are plenty of patterns that arent difficult if you have the right instructions. feel free to message me if you need help! 

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