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!

  14. Tiff - April 29, 2015

    I just came across this pattern the other day, and thought of this post (and although I know you’ve made the quilt by now, it never hurts to keep the information flowing for more ideas). How cute would the different fabrics from the Wild One’s collection look in a pattern like this!