Why do we make baby quilts? Years ago, Judy Heidinger was an obstetrics nurse at Tuality Hospital, where she recognized the needs of new mothers. Many didn't even have a blanket to wrap their babies in for the trip home from the hospital. That's when the Nifty Notters decided to help.
"We use 5 1/2" squares of fabric (all donated) to make the baby quilts," says Mary Brown. "There are 63 squares in each quilt. Anne Williams is our main baby square cutter, usually cutting more than 8,000 squares each year for us."
The baby quilts are approximately 36" x 42-44". It takes one yard of fabric to make a baby quilt top and 1 1/2 yards of cotton or flannel solid color fabric (not white or black) for the backing. Baby prints and bright colors are preferred for the tops. It costs about $1.75 for batting for each of these quilts.