Quick Baby Quilts

It’s spring ’round here. It is pretty. In unrelated news…what are your thoughts on the so-called “cheater prints”??

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They make for a very quick baby quilt. I have stashed a few in organic cottons. The problem…I feel bad using them. Kind of. I mean, they’re super cute, but I feel bad giving a whole-cloth quilt that looks like patchwork, when it’s really not. Like a cheater.

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But. But. But…is this just because these patchwork prints are called cheater prints? I have decided maybe, yes. A “whole-cloth quilted blanket” sounds just fine, whereas a “cheater quilt” sounds like an easy way out. Might as well get over it, right?

After all, these could help with one of my problems: I have been bad about making quilts for baby boys. And everyone I know has been having baby boys: a cousin, another cousin, my son’s first grade teacher, my son’s kindergarten teacher from last year…nobody got a quilt until now. Especially in the cases of my son’s teachers: I don’t really know them that well. I don’t know their tastes in baby stuff. So a print might be a good way to go, in case they hate it, less time wasted!

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I decided to go ahead and use the patchwork prints, quilting simply with straight lines along either side of the squares (why not use that grid pattern, since it’s there, right?).

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So far, no one’s reported hating them. But, to even things out, I also made a patchwork baby quilt which was super fast and easy. It’s just a star made with half-square triangles (like the big star quilt disaster, just smaller). Very fast.

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I quilted straight lines in a V shape, following the points. This is what I hoped to do on my big star disaster, before I realized how bulky it was. But it was easy on a lightweight baby quilt (honestly, is this not one of the best parts of making a baby quilt? So light and easy to move around!!).

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But this quilt might not be good for boys. It’s kind of a babyish rainbow, but there is pink. Hmm. Well, here’s a picture for scale. It’s small. Maybe 36″ square. I believe I started with 10 inch squares.

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I will be making more of these in the future. And possibly a couple cheaters, too. I still have a couple more on hand.

Enjoy the weekend!

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