I wanted to make something meaningful and special for the baby. I thought about my other nieces and nephews and the kind of baby gift that was meaningful for them. Three of them were given either a blanket or quilt at birth that has become almost a part of their identity. Anyone who is close to them at all knows which blankie belongs to each child. Those blankies go everywhere and cannot be slept without. So, I decided to make a baby quilt.
My sister and brother-in-law decided not to find out the gender ahead of time, so I looked for fabric that was clearly "baby" but not too gender specific. I skipped the batting and opted for a flannel backing. It is so soft and warm but still lightweight enough to be carried around by a toddler. Best of all, it came together in just a couple of hours. It is by far the easiest quilt I've made yet. You can find the pattern, "Lap Quilt 'In a Jiffy'," at Moda Bake Shop. The only change I made was to leave off the border. A baby quilt doesn't need to be that large, but if you are making a lap quilt, go for it.
I used one of the fun stitches on my sewing machine for the quilting. I love the little details!
I found all my fabric, including the flannel, at Ben Franklin. Sam was a huge help as I looked for non-gender specific prints and patterns. I'd say it was a success!
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