I usually try to make several preemie quilts each year. If you'd like to see some of my past preemie quilts you can see them here and here. There's some more ideas for other quilts there if you're interested ;-)
I used the Value Die to cut 4.5" squares in the novelty prints and 2.5" squares in novelty prints and in white fabrics. I didn't cut any of the half-square triangle units for this project. This was such a quick and easy way to cut up lots and lots of scraps into usable pieces! Yey! Of course if you don't have a Go! you can cut these pieces with a rotary cutter.
Next I divided the novelty prints into a girl pile and a boy pile.
Now quilt as desired. I usually just do a big meander so that the quilts are not stiff for the babies. To seal the opening closed I simply start my machine quilting along the edge with opening then continue meandering and finish off the quilting by over-lapping the end of my quilting with where I started this. You can also whip stitch the opening closed by hand. Many people prefer to do this if they are not as comfortable with their free-motion quilting skills. However, this is a great place to practice your quilting since the quilt is so small! I used variegated cotton threads to quilt and it gives the quilts some extra colour! Avoid using invisible or mono-filament threads to quilt preemie quilts since the preemie babies have such tiny toes and fingers and the invisible thread can cut them if they get their toes caught in them!
I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial - if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here.
I also hope that you will consider making a few of these for your local NICU - just be sure to contact them to see what their requirements are since they might be different. This is a such a rewarding way to quilt!
Happy Quilting all!