Lots of people seem to be looking for appropriate patterns for a baby quilt for a boy. Thimble Blossoms Mama's Boy Pattern truly is perfect with a mix of fabrics in the middle and side borders. I love patterns that break out of the borders-all-the-way-around box. The side borders are great place to feature a large print fabric or a border stripe style. The pattern works with your fat quarter stash and finishes at 42"x 50".
Now, this baby quilt pattern has boy in the title, but is easy enough to do for either sex or make neutral based on your fabric choices. Great general style for a baby quilt actually.
This set of Make Life quilt patterns from Sweetwater are definitely a great place to look for a modern baby quilt. They were designed to got with the Make Life line of fabric, but you could easily substitute any line for use. Or just be like me and scrap it with stuff out of your stash.
The Make Life Sweet pattern looks like it'd be the quickest and easiest to make up with just straight rectangles. Make Life Fresh looks like it uses quarter-snowball blocks with varying triangle sizes. Love the messing with blocks by dropping pieces and changing scale! Hard to tell what the construction method is on Make Life Go Round but my guess would be machine applique. Definitely need more time for cutting and appliqueing on that pattern, but it is cute!
Just about every mom considers using Noah's Ark as a nursery theme. While the original story has a lot of unhappy parts, there's potential for cute animals and rainbows and sunshine and lots of happy things that are perfect for a nursery.
Recently (don't hurt me, I don't fabric shop as much as I should!) ran across the M'Liss fabrics at Hancock and danged if she doesn't have an entire Noah's Ark collection. There's great starters like the panel pictured here and more coordinating fabrics than you could imagine. I was going to list a few and got overwhelmed trying to pick them and so ... you go pick your favorites. Here's a good place to start, though. I thought this Noah's Ark Patches one would make a great focus fabric if you were looking to build out a quilt rather than use the panel. (And we all know how I feel about panels for baby quilts, right?)
Sorry; line has been discontinued and is no longer available.