Thursday, August 8, 2013

We heart quilts

A few months ago my youngest son asked me if I could make a quilt for his friend. His wife is expecting their first baby. They don't know if it's a boy or a girl. More and more parents are opting to not learn (or share) the sex of their baby. I think it's fun, and a nice surprise to not know. It can be a bit tricky to make a quilt 'gender neutral' but I like the challenge. I would love to hear from other quilters, how they tackle a project like this. I have found that if I add too much purple the quilt can lean to the girly side. No pink. Some blue is fine but not too much. I sometimes sneak a few floral prints in. Maybe I'm pushing it to the girly side with the florals. Gotta be careful with the florals. And the purple. Are these universal rules or am I on my own here?
  I started with a jungle print and orange borders on this quilt and I think it turned out ok. Ben said his friend loved it. Makes me want to make another one!
I'm linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday


  1. I've never really tried to make one, but i would probably lean gender neutral either way. :) Animal prints? neutral colors with a pop? I dont even have issue with baby batiks. :)

  2. That's a lucky mom and baby! Cute quilt!

    I donate a quilt to my school Spring Auction every year, and since it's usually one of my students that wins it (but I don't know who), I always have to make it gender neutral. I would hate for a boy or girl to really want to bid on the quilt, but not be able to. In that case, I usually stick with primaries, or blues, greens and yellows.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. I love these rough and ready guys smiling and looking so thrilled with the quilt. A gift of love is appreciated by everyone!
      In terms of the 'gender' issue - I think your orange border 'gender neutralizes' what is within the border in this case. The wrong choice in border would have it swingin' boy or girl me thinks. Love it! Good work~

    2. Thanks Tracy!
      I know, those guys look rugged. I had to look hard to see if one of them was Ben, lol!