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How to Choose a Baby Quilt Pattern

You don't have to be a sewing expert to create a baby quilt destined to become a treasured family heirloom – start with a suitable pattern and you're on your way to success.


  • Step 1: Plan color scheme Plan a color scheme linked to the baby's nursery colors or gender. Yellow works well for both boys and girls.
  • Step 2: Browse patterns Browse pattern books available at your library or bookstore, or peruse quilting web sites for an overview of the types of patterns suitable for baby quilts.
  • Step 3: Decide style Decide whether you wish to fashion a traditional style baby quilt, or use a pattern reflecting contemporary designs.
  • TIP: Reduce the amount of time required to complete the quilt by purchasing pre-cut pieces suitable for your pattern choice.
  • Step 4: Match pattern to taste and skill level Select a pattern matched to your tastes and skill level, keeping in mind that complex patterns require greater skill levels and more time to complete.
  • TIP: Novice quilters might consider taking a quilting class to learn the basics.
  • Step 5: Calculate costs Calculate project costs. If your preferred pattern matches your budget, you're on your way to welcoming baby with a one-of-a-kind gift created with love.
  • FACT: The National Museum of History in Washington D.C. houses the National Quilt Collection, which includes 500 quilts and quilt-related articles.

You Will Need

  • A color scheme
  • Pattern books
  • Online access to quilting websites
  • A quilting class (optional)

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