Though gender reveal parties are a huge trend right now, some couples choose not to know what they are having before birth. While that’s an exciting surprise to look forward to, it can be pretty difficult to make a themed quilt ahead of the little one’s arrival. Or maybe you would rather stick to neutral designs for the nursery. Whatever the reason, a gender-neutral quilt can be the practical choice for a quilter who’s ready to welcome a new loved one into the world.
Overall Tips for Your Own Gender Neutral Baby Quilt
No two baby quilts are alike, and that's the best part about them. It's also what makes a quilter's job more difficult. Before planning the design of your next baby quilt project, consider these quick tips. Keep in mind that a baby quilt doesn't require all of the following to be gender neutral:
- Use neutrals. How easy is that? Not only are neutrals versatile, they're timeless. Here is a little insight on how to confidently quilt with neutrals - hint: It's not just black and white!
- Welcome bold colors. Think beyond pastels and go for a bold orange, green, red, etc. It might seem like a risky decision, but vivid orange, limes and blues look great for little boys or girls.
- Choose a simple pattern. Just like neutrals, some patterns never go out of style. Simple geometrics and strips will always look great on a crib, toddler bed or hanging from a teenager's wall.
- Go rainbow. You can easily mix many colors to create a universally loved palette of many hues. Play a rainbow theme safe by choosing various colors of the same tone (muted, bright, etc.) or from the same designer collection.
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Need a look at some great examples? Lucky for you, some of the Island Batik Ambassadors chose versatile designs that will look great in any nursery. Check them out!
Pops of Color in Neutral
Vicki of Vicki's Crafts and Quilting created this gorgeous quilt using the GO! Qube 8" Mix and Match's GO! Quarter Square Triangle - 4" Finished Square (shape 4) and the GO! Half Square Triangle - 2" Finished Square (shape 5). The little pops of color from Island Batik's Paisley Dot collection on a white background adds interest and shows off the personality of her quilting. Plus, check out that creative binding! This is a perfect example of combining neutral white with bold, bright colors.
Black, White and Bold
Lisa of Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam used Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day book included in her Ready. Set. GO! to select the pattern above. She chose the Susannah block then selected two shades of radiant orange Island Batik fabrics to add fun color to her simple geometric pattern. The black and white is a bold statement all on its own, so the addition of orange only makes it more interesting. This one will grow with any little boy or girl who receives it.
Bright Grounded by White
We get to see the pretty blue and green palette of Sarah Goer's baby quilt thanks to her Instagram followers who were asked to vote on the colors they wanted to see in her next project. She gave an option of rainbow, but it was the blue and greens that won out - and I can't say I'm surprised. The final product is so dreamy and would be lovely for a baby boy or girl. Take a look at the little detail of a matching multicolored binding and a beautiful jade backing.
Rainbows Lead to Gold
Sally of Sally Manke used the GO! Half Square Triangle - 4" Finished (Shape 3) of the GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block to make a geometric wonderland of color. There are no pastels in this kaleidoscopic quilt, but the childlike nature is still so inviting. Sally used 21 colors of Island Batik's Paisley Dot Brights which might seem like a lot, but still looks balanced once together.
Shining Blue and Red
Joan of Moosestash Quilting chose rose-y reds and darker cyan Island Batik fabrics over the traditional pinks and blues to make a baby quilt with real star quality. All the points looks overwhelming, but Joan said the GO! fabric cutter "takes the 'why' out of those 'Y' seams." AccuQuilt dies are designed to eliminate dog-ear trimming and simplify the challenge of "Y" seams completely.
Brilliant Oh My Stars
Inquiring Quilter's Jen used Island Batik's Elementz collection to mix a multi-colored palette with a neutral background and simple pattern. Her Oh My Stars quilt is a perfect example of how you can blend all of the above tips into one gorgeous project. All from the same collection, her fabrics have the same tones with complementary patterns that borrow from one another. She threw in some solids to give your eyes a break from all the fun that's happening, and even better, the final product is perfect for any little boy or girl.
Are you making any baby quilts this year? Tell us what design and colors you're choosing in the comments and be sure to share your progress with us by tagging @AccuQuilt on Facebook and Instagram with the #AccuQuilt. Subscribe to our blog to get inspire by more Island Batik Ambassador projects.