Bedding, Room Decor

Quilts for the Nursery—Old Style, New Trend!

Let’s be real—you know you have a quilt. It’s tucked up in your closet or folded over a chair in your guest room, but there’s just something about it that keeps you from tossing it. Maybe it’s the 100+ hours that your great aunt spent making it, or perhaps it has a sentimental value that just can’t be replaced. Either way, quilts have been around forever, and I LOVE that they are getting a modern makeover by combining trendy new fabrics with the classic quilting look and showing up in nurseries as decorative accents and keepsakes!

The best part? No two quilts are the same! A quilt is known for its variety of styles, colors and prints, and that’s probably one of the reasons I love them so much! It’s a great way to add a whimsical touch to the nursery or to tie in a theme or pattern, and it’s a perfect keepsake that can also be used as a playmat or decor until your child is old enough to sleep with a blanket. With the new trends comes more variety in quilting styles, so today I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

Shabby Chic Style Rag Quilt. Muted colors, unfinished edges and LOTS of chenille all come together to create a gorgeous shabby chic style rag quilt. The rag style gives it that extra homemade feel, and with all the vintage-inspired nurseries popping up in the gallery, I bet we’ll start seeing even more of these beauties.

Rag Crib Quilt from Southern Charm Quilts on EtsyRag Crib Quilt from Southern Charm Quilts on Etsy

Applique Style Quilts. To quote the retailer, “A savanna and a nursery aren’t so different. They’re both inhabited by creatures that stay up all night.” I couldn’t agree more! And these sweet animals would work perfectly in global, animal or jungle-themed nursery designs alike!

Savanna Baby Quilt from The Land of NodSavanna Baby Quilt from The Land of Nod

Modern Quilts. I love the classic quilting look of these colorful, modern masterpieces! They’re the perfect way to add a pop of color to your nursery, and with the large 60″ x 60″ size, they’d be great to use as a playmat. I even used one as decor at a recent baby shower—it coordinated with the mom’s nursery decor and worked great on the gift table as a runner! (Gift tip: Monogram the corner square for personalization!)

Baby Quilts from Caden LaneCoral & Gold Baby Quilt and Mint & Gold Arrow Baby Quilt from Caden Lane

Memory Quilts. There’s finally something to do with those tubs full of baby’s first outfits! This is definitely the most original style of a classic quilt, and I think it’s the best keepsake of them all! A memory quilt is such a cool conversation piece and something that will stir up memories for years to come!

Memory Quilt from Heart and Sew on EtsyMemory Quilt from Heart and Sew on Etsy

Do you have a quilt in your baby’s nursery? Is it a family heirloom or a modern take on the classic style?


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    I love quilts! This is a great selection. I ended up making my twin baby girls their own quilts and bedding when I could not find any that I liked on the market. I’m sure they will treasure them forever.

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