Baby Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration

The best modern baby quilt patterns - suzyquilts.com

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is about choosing fabric for quilts. We get it — selecting fabrics can be tricky! What if you like how the fabrics look in a bundle but then you don't like how they look in a quilt block? All that time and money are down the drain. That's why we're excited to share fabric-picking tips and inspiration for baby quilt patterns!

In each post of this series, you'll see photos and mockups of our quilt patterns. If the fabric is still available we will include the list of the fabrics used so you'll have your shopping list all ready. Keep reading to find your favorite baby quilt patterns!

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The Suzy Quilts Fabric Inspiration Series

Over the course of five blog posts, the SQ team will guide you through some of our most beloved patterns in different color variations including lists of the real fabric colors used in each mockup.

The mockups are all brought to you by Sarah Holst of the shop Sarah Made, who has made kits for some of the mockups that will be available for a limited time, and from Suzy herself. Some of the mockups below by Suzy were previously only available in Suzy Quilts patterns and are being shown on our website for the first time! 

The series will be five posts long and cover each common quilt size:

  • Baby Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration
  • Throw Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration
  • Twin Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration
  • Queen Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration
  • King Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration

Note that fabric requirements for all of our patterns, including the baby quilt patterns listed in this post, can be found on that pattern's page in our shop. Just click on the pattern you want and scroll down — you'll see the fabric requirements as well as every blog post related to that pattern! 

If a kit is available for a mockup shown in the post, it will be linked in the bullet points above the mockup image. If no kit is available, there will be no kit listing.

Baby quilt patterns: A baby lays on a neutral Mod Mountains quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

How To Select Your Own Fabric Colors

If you're an adventurous quilter who is interested in creating your very own color mockups, we have some great suggestions!

  • Color Cards: Buying a color card from your favorite fabric manufacturer gives you a small swatch of each fabric so you can see the colors even more truly than they appear on a computer screen. You can use those swatches to select a quilt made entirely out of solids or even match up prints with coordinating solids. Plus don't miss our free tutorial for how to turn a color card into magnets to make color selection even easier! 
  • PreQuilt: Have you heard of this fantastic web-based app? PreQuilt uses colors from real fabric companies, including prints, so you can create your own mockups and see exactly how your will look when finished. We have exclusively partnered with PreQuilt and each pattern in our catalog is available as a digital coloring page, as are all of Suzy's print and solid fabric collection. Check out our PreQuilt blog post for video tutorials about how to make your own digital quilt mockups.
  • Coloring Pages: Speaking of coloring pages, each Suzy Quilts pattern comes with a blank coloring page that can be printed and colored in by hand. You can even download most of our coloring pages without buying the patterns in this blog post!
  • Sew Along Blog Posts: Did you know that the first week of every Suzy Quilts sew along focuses on selecting fabric for your quilt? Even if you've missed a sew along, you can still see all of the posts, including the Week 1 posts about fabric selection, by heading to the Sew Along section of our website.
  • Local Quilt Shops: The staff of your local quilt shop would love to help you select fabrics for a quilt! Bring them an inspiration image or even just an idea, along with a picture of the pattern and the fabric requirements, and pretty soon you'll have your own quilt kit made with your new pals at the quilt shop 🙂 
  • Suzy's Ultimate Guide to Picking Fabric For a Quilt: Subscribers to The Cutting Table can read a two-part series of articles by Suzy that takes a deeper dive into the creative process and color theory as it relates to fabric and quilts. Use code TRY4FREE to get your first month of The Cutting Table for free! 
Baby quilt patterns: Suzy and her baby with a colorful Gather quilt at a sewing machine. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

About Baby Quilt Patterns

Most quilters are inspired to make their first quilt because of a new baby. Maybe it's your own baby, or a gift for a friend or family member's baby shower, or you could be a new grandparent. Maybe you have a new blended family and want to celebrate all the special kids in your life, or you got word that a child is waiting for you to adopt them. However that sweet baby is coming, you feel drawn towards quiltmaking. 

And that's what we love about baby quilt patterns. The motivation for making them is always so full of love, care, and excitement. Spending hours or even weeks sewing is all worth it to see any baby playing on a quilt or quietly napping under your creation. 

Baby quilts are also the fastest quilts to make since they are small! They can also be very affordable creations that require less fabric. But the tender act of creating something beautiful for a baby is one of the purest motivators for making any quilt. 

When deciding to make a baby quilt, you can choose either a small baby quilt or a crib quilt that could grow with the baby. According to our Ultimate Guide to Quilt Sizes, a standard baby quilt is 30" x 40" and a standard crib quilt is 36" x 52". Your quilt does not have to match these dimensions exactly, but to be sized for a baby, whatever you make will be around these two size options. 

Baby quilt patterns: A baby sits in a conservatory with a neutral and blue Grow quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com
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Why we love it: Adventureland rocketed to the number two slot on the most popular Suzy Quilts patterns and for good reasons. This pattern is jelly roll-friendly and one of the fastest patterns in our catalog. It can be made using a jelly roll or yardage for two different looks.

Baby size: 42" x 42"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics in the yardage version shown below are Art Gallery PURE Solids.

  • Rock Candy
  • Aurora Red
  • Tiger Lily
  • Tumeric
  • Raw Gold
  • Morning Frost
  • Cerulean
  • Parisian Blue
  • Background: Pearl

Kit: Available for a limited time from Sarah Made.

A rainbow colored Adventureland baby quilt pattern. #quilting #babyquiltpatterns suzyquilts.com

The Glitter & Glow Quilt Pattern Download is a great pattern for using up scraps or fat quarters. It comes in king, queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Why we love it: This quilt pattern has completely different looks when made with bright colors or creamy, muted colors. And we love both versions of the quilt! To learn how to make a creamy Glitter & Glow quilt, click here.

Baby size: 40" x 46"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics in the mockup below are Art Gallery PURE Solids.

  • Color 1: Jade Cream
  • Color 2: Zambia Stone
  • Color 3: Tender Green
  • Color 4: Morning Frost
A Rocksteady baby quilt pattern in shades of green. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com
The Glitter & Glow Quilt Pattern Download is a great pattern for using up scraps or fat quarters. It comes in king, queen, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes.

Baby quilt patterns: A baby sits in a conservatory with a neutral and blue Grow quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: This creative take on a traditional log cabin allows you to play with color combinations. Plus Grow is the perfect quilt for monthly baby photos — you'll be able to see how the baby grows because of the horizontal and vertical lines!

Baby size: 40" x 40"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics are from Evolve and Signature PURE Solids, both by Suzy Quilts.

  • Color 1: Tiny Moon Breezy
  • Color 2: Hemlock
  • Color 3: Tiny Meadow Nova
  • Color 4: Coneflower Hemlock
  • Color 5: Not used in the baby size
  • Color 6: Meadow Matcha
  • Color 7: Pistachio

Kit: Available for a limited time from Sarah Made.

A green and neutral Grow baby quilt pattern. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com
Grow is the first design in a series of four quilts that represent the four seasons in a year, as well as seasons in our lives. It includes fabric requirements and instructions for king, queen/full, twin, throw, and baby quilt sizes. This is an elegant modern medallion quilt. suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Holiday Party isn't just for the holidays! While this quilt is full of holiday cheer, it also has a sophisticated Scandinavian style when made using non-holiday prints. 

Baby size: 46" x 46"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics are from Suzy's Signature PURE Solids collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. 

  • Monet
  • Spiced
  • Poppy
  • Snapdragon
  • Pearl

Kit: Available for a limited time from Sarah Made.

A warm colored Holiday Party quilt pattern in baby size. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Previously available as an exclusive pattern for subscribers to The Cutting Table, Luminois is now available in the Suzy Quilts shop! We love this vibrant lightning-inspired pattern that is striking in a single color or scrappy.

Baby size: 46" x 51"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: The fabrics in the Luminous mockup are a mix of Art Gallery PURE Solids and Signature PURE Solids by Suzy Quilts.

  •  Hemlock
  • Matcha
  • Pistachio
  • Raw Gold
  • Tiger Lily
  • Poppy
  • Georgia Peach
  • Tumeric
A Luminous baby quilt pattern in scrappy colors. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

The Maypole design is the fastest baby quilt pattern you can make! It's beginner friendly and made using large strips of fabric. suzyquilts.com #babyquilt #quilting

Why we love it: Maypole is the most popular pattern in the Suzy Quilts catalog! We never get tired of seeing this unique quilt made in so many variations. Maypole works in solids, prints, or a mix. It works in a wide range of colors or more monochromatic, like the mockup below. And best of all...it's fast! Even a beginner can make a Maypole quilt in a weekend.

Baby size: 40" x 45"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics are from Evolve and Signature PURE Solids, both by Suzy Quilts.

  • Color 1: Tiny Moon Breezy
  • Color 2: Pistachio
  • Color 3: Meadow Matcha
  • Color 4: Matcha
  • Color 5: Hemlock

Kit: Available for a limited time from Sarah Made.

A green and neutral Maypole quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Like Grow, Reflections is another great pattern for taking monthly baby pictures on — you can see how much a baby has grown as they start to grow into the increasingly large squares. And it's another fast pattern!

Baby size: 40" x 40"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics are from Evolve and Signature PURE Solids, both by Suzy Quilts.

  • Color 1: Hemlock
  • Color 2:  Matcha
  • Color 3: Tiny Moon Matcha
  • Color 4: Glacier

Kit: Available for a limited time from Sarah Made.

A green, blue, and neutral Reflections quilt in baby size. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Fly Away is a Suzy Quilts classic. The repeating blocks that gradually change give Fly Away visual interest and would make a fun quilt for any baby to look at. For newborns, a focus on high contrast is best which is why this baby quilt below makes a wonderful baby gift.

Baby size: 40" x 48"

Mockup by: Suzy Quilts

Quilt fabrics: The fabrics in the Fly Away quilt below are Art Gallery PURE Solids.

  • Blushing
  • Dried Carrot
  • Heart of the Ocean
  • Deep Black
  • Background: Snow or a low volume print
A Fly Away quilt pattern with a neutral background and pink and blue half square triangles. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Do you have a tight deadline to make a quilt before a baby arrives? We've all been there. And Fishing Net will be your savior! This quilt can be easily finished in a weekend. If you want to put some extra sewing time in, don't miss our tutorial for turning Fishing Net into a play mat! Note that for the play mat, you will use the throw sized version.

Baby size: 35" x 39"

Mockup by: Suzy Quilts

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics in the Fishing Net mockup below are Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids.

  • Color 1: Sweet Fig
  • Color 2: Verve Violet
  • Color 3: Purple Wine
A Fishing Net baby quilt pattern in shades of purple. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Get the Garland quilt pattern and make this beautiful quilt!

Why we love it: A baby quilt can be a great scrap buster! Once babies start seeing and learning colors, this quilt will be a delight. Imagine watching a baby saying color names for the first time by pointing to a quilt you made! 

Baby size: 46" x 50"

Mockup by: Suzy Quilts

Mockup fabrics: The fabrics in the Garland mockup are a mix of Art Gallery PURE Solids and Signature PURE Solids by Suzy Quilts.

  • Color 1: Cerulean
  • Color 2: Pearl
  • Color 3: Ash
  • Color 4: Denim Blue
  • Color 5: Atmospheric
  • Fat eighths of the following colors: Ginger, Shrimpy, Snapdragon, Poppy, Cerulean, Ash, Denim Blue, Haze.
A blue and neutral scrappy Garland quilt. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Minimal Triangles can be adjusted easily to match any nursery color theme. But using any bright colors gives this quilt pattern a fun confetti or sprinkles look that kids love!

Baby size: 37 1/2" x 46"

Mockup by: Suzy Quilts

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics in the Minimal Triangles mockup below are Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids.

  • Color 1 Scraps: Crystal Pink, Sweet Pink, Appletini, Cozumel Blue, Moonstone, Dragon Fruit.
  • Background: Snow
  • Inner Border: Sweet Pink
  • Outer Border: Crystal Pink
A Fly Away baby quilt pattern in pinks with a pink border. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Kids come up with the greatest ideas. Imagine driving cars on the straight star strips, or playing checkers with the woven center. There are endless possibilities for fun with Star Crossed 2.0! For this quilt, we've shown two mockups so you can see how a change to the background color can make a big impact. First, let's start with a bright background on the limited-color version of the pattern. 

Baby size: 45" x 45"

Mockup by: Suzy Quilts

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics in the Star Crossed 2.0 mockup below are Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids.

  • Color 1: Mauvelous
  • Color 2: Dried Carrot
  • Color 3: Very Berry
  • Background: Tile Blue
A pink and orange Star Crossed 2.0 quilt with a dark green background. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: Next, let's look at the multi-color version of Star Crossed 2.0 with a neutral background Some of the colors are similar, but these quilts have very different looks!

Baby size: 45" x 45"

Mockup by: Suzy Quilts

Mockup fabrics: The fabrics in the Star Crossed 2.0 mockup are a mix of Art Gallery PURE Solids and Signature PURE Solids by Suzy Quilts.

  • Color 1: Verve Violet
  • Color 2: Wisteria
  • Color 3: Cerulean
  • Color 4: Mauvelous
  • Color 5: Ocean Waves
  • Color 6: Tranquil Waters
  • Color 7: Lemon Tart
  • Color 8:Appletini
  • Color 9: Emerald
  • Color 10: Blossomed
  • Color 11: Poppy
  • Color 12: Jade Cream
  • Background: Pearl
A pink and orange Star Crossed 2.0 quilt with a neutral background. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Why we love it: It's like Star Crossed 2.0 but great for beginners! If you feel too intimidated by y-seams to try Star Crossed 2.0, this is the pattern for you. It'll come together faster too, so you can make that baby deadline!

Baby size: 45" x 45"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: All fabrics are from Suzy's Signature PURE Solids collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.

  • Color 1: Haze
  • Color 2: Pearl
  • Color 3: Poppy
  • Color 4: Snapdragon 
  • Color 5: Monet

Kit: Available for a limited time from Sarah Made.

A Star Crossed quilt pattern in neutrals and reds. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Sugar POP Quilts

Why we love it: Sugar POP has a fun retro feel that looks beautiful in so many colors. But we love the look of this quilt in fun 1970s colors!

Baby size: 40" x 40"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: The fabrics in the Sugar POP mockup are a mix of Art Gallery PURE Solids and Signature PURE Solids by Suzy Quilts.

  • Glacier
  • Spiced
  • Poppy
  • Tumeric
  • Cerulean
  • Parisian Blue
  • Royal Cobalt
A Sugar Pop quilt pattern in retro blues and oranges. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

This Triangle Jitters quilt pattern uses HSTs and is beginner-friend and very easy to make. It's a fresh, modern quilt design.

Why we love it: One of our most popular patterns, Triangle Jitters is much easier than it looks! Made using a single block — the trusty half square triangle — you can even adjust the size easily to fit a specific crib or cot using the half square triangle conversion table included in the pattern.

Baby size: 36" x 52"

Mockup by: Sarah Made

Mockup fabrics: The fabrics in the Triangle Jitters mockup are a mix of Art Gallery PURE Solids and Signature PURE Solids by Suzy Quilts.

  • Color 1: Jade Cream
  • Color 2: Zambia Stone
  • Color 3: Spiced
  • Background: Tender Green
A Triangle Jitters quilt pattern in greens and orange. #quilting #sewingdiy suzyquilts.com

Which Baby Quilt Patterns Will You Make Next?

Are you feeling inspired to make a baby quilt? What color combination was your favorite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tag @suzyquilts on Instagram with your baby quilt pictures! 

Stay tuned for our future posts in this fabric inspiration series focused on throw, twin, queen, and king sized quilt patterns!

The best modern baby quilt patterns - suzyquilts.com

6 thoughts on “Baby Quilt Patterns: Fabric Inspiration

  1. chejn134 says:

    Thank you soooo much for this series…..I struggle to do color combinations, and this latest blog is a keeper…..Im looking forward to the next. I’ve learned a lot from the Suzy Quilts patterns and blogs. Carolyn

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