Need help finding a baby quilt pattern for flannel.

An old friend of mine is expecting her first child.  She’s due in October and she already knows it’s going to be a boy.  I had brunch with her a few weekends ago and after learning the latest info, it dawned on me how soon her due date is and that….I need to make the baby a quilt!  I immediately knew I wanted to use Wild One’s flannel collection

But now the question is, what pattern to use?  I’m hoping you all can help me.  I want it to be something simple, something modern, something flannel appropriate. 

Can any of you suggest any patterns that would be good to use?  You might be thinking, “shouldn’t I have plenty of references at my fingertips to choose from?”.  And the answer is “Yes, I do”.  But I feel a bit overwhelmed, and would love feedback from all of you, especially with firsthand knowledge from patterns you’ve used.  I’m looking for something in the 40×60” range or smaller. 

I’d greatly appreciate your advice!!


  1. Rebecca - August 1, 2012

    the ideal baby quilt for a boy out of these fabrics would be a rag quilt. they are rough and tumble just for boys.

  2. Shannon - August 1, 2012
    I really like this one. Gender neutral and highlights the fabric.Have fun with it!

  3. Wendy Paull - August 1, 2012 the quilt pictured here, Cubic Rhythm is from Quilts and More Spring 2009 issue and I made it in flannel. Very easy. I did make the seams 1/2″ to allow for fraying and I washed the flannel in hot water twice before cutting. here is a link to the instructions. The link above will allow you to see other kids quilts you could make in flannel too.

  4. Ginger - August 1, 2012

    What about a rag quilt? They fit your criteria. If you want to do this and want instructions, email me. I have the directions typed up and will be glad to share.

  5. Sue fiddes - August 2, 2012

    Pinwheels are great fun and look amazing just cut four of your fabrics into 5 inch squares cut in half diagonally sew one light to onedark to make a square again make them all the same then put four together to make your block, saving your larger print for the border . Try it it looks amazing and is fast to make up !

  6. Jenni - August 2, 2012

    Wow, thank you all so much! This weekend I really need to hunker down and decide what to do. I really really appreciate these tips and links!

  7. Linda Christianson - August 2, 2012

    I just finished a quilt last week using ” Basically Kids Stuff Block”. A free download from CT. I would never do rag quilt that has to be washed a lot. Why? Because the threads can stop up the sewer line— pipes. I used to wash rags and old cloth not any more. The rag quilt I have made where Christmas wall quilt. Never to be washed.

  8. Alisa Gelderman - August 3, 2012

    I think Yellow Brick Road Pattern is great to highlight different fabrics.

  9. Sharon Keeney - August 5, 2012

    I vote for the bow tie! It is simple, can be arranged in many ways and looks great in flannels!!
    Good Luck with your new quilt!

  10. Sharla - August 7, 2012

    Hi Jeni,
    I just made two zig zag baby quilts using the wild ones flannel using half-square triangles. They went together super fast and I quilted them using stitch in the ditch following the zig zag pattern which is also super fast!

  11. Jerri - August 8, 2012

    I see the pieces and I just don’t see it as a baby quilt. The material is flannel, so it will be soft and that is great for a baby. The colors are great for a boy. My daughter and her friends did not want baby quilts, so they didn’t get any, so check with your friend to see if she wants a quilt. I think it would look cute with the alphabets and the allegators. Don’t be upset it will be cute – but not as a rag quilt.

  12. Roxi - August 9, 2012

    You have already gotten many ideas by now but incase you are still at a stand still with the quilt idea here are my thoughts. With time running short a “Take 5″ works wonderful since there are no real seams to match up other than the blocks as you assemble it. Quilt as you like and bind. A wonderful gift that will last. God bless you in your endeavors!

  13. Jenni - August 15, 2012

    Thank you all so much for you advice and input. You’ve really given me great ideas. I’ve decided on one. It’s kind of a combination of ideas given. I’e ordered my fabric, now I just have to wait to get it and start sewing! I’ll keep you posted!
    Thanks so much!