Building a Baby Clothes Quilt

Have you ever made a baby clothes quilt? I’ve got one in progress that I’ve been working on for several years. It started with my daughter’s baby clothes. I kept out several of the better items that I remember her wearing with love and cut out a 6”x 6” squares from each of them. Over the years, I have taken out 6” x 6” squares from all kinds of her clothes that she’s worn. I have about 30 separate squares at the moment.

Those 30 squares are sewn into 5 nine-patch blocks. While those 5 blocks are hardly enough to make a quilt, they are enough to make about half a quilt topper. It’s taken about five years to collect that many squares. I imagine it will take another 5 to 6 years to collect enough squares to make another 5 blocks.

I’ll need another 5 blocks beyond that to get a total of fifteen. 15 blocks at 15” x 15” will create a quilt topper that’s roughly 45” x 75” is going to make a great quilt topper to send her off to college with. The back will be her favorite color at that time, I should imagine, with the border done in black. The border can be as wide as I’d like it to be, which means I could add another 2” to 4” to it.

How Do You Do This?

Simply put, clean the clothes that you are going to remove the 6” x 6” squares from. Take the square section from a flat portion of the clothing – often the back or from a pant leg is best. Keep the squares ironed and tucked away in a clean, dust free place. As you collect three squares, sew them together in a row using ½ inch seams. When you have 3 sets of 3 rows, sew the rows together, again using a ½ inch seam. Iron these blocks out as you complete them and keep them tucked away some where safe, dry and dust free.

This is a project that will take a great deal of time and love. I’m looking forward to finishing the quilt sometime around her 18th birthday and giving it to her for Christmas that year. It’s not just a way to remember those early years, but to love every moment of them – and building this quilt is a tribute to that. I think it will be the best quilt I ever make.

Do you enjoy quilting?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.