Quilting for Baby

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Elaine’s Tech Tips

“I’m pregnant!”

That is music to a quilter’s ears. The need to make something for the new baby is part of the quilter’s life.
While we want to rush out and buy the cutest and newest pattern, there are a couple of things that you should consider before you commit to making a baby quilt.

  • Have you been asked to make a baby quilt or are you making the quilt as a gift?
  • Who is the recipient of the quilt – a close family member, a neighbour, an acquaintance?
  • What is the value that you want to put on the gift or, if you are going to sell the quilt, how much is your customer willing to pay? In addition to the cost of the materials, there is also the cost of your time to make the quilt.
  • Will the recipient appreciate a handmade gift?
  • Is there a theme for the baby’s room? This doesn’t mean that your quilt has to follow that theme. Quilts are great to put on the stroller, in the car, and on the floor so the quilt doesn’t have to match the theme unless you have been specifically asked to make one for that purpose.
  • Is the sex of the baby known? That could affect the colours you choose. Do you want traditional pink or blue? Perhaps you will go with bright colours or pastels or neutral greens and yellows.

Read more in our Spring 2014 issue.

Article by Elaine Theriault

Bio: Elaine made her first quilt at the tender age of 13. The urge to quilt resurfaced when her daughter moved from a crib. The rest is history – she now teaches several days a week, makes quilts on commission and quilts for others on the long-arm.