A little secret to making a quick little baby quilt, or a quick quilt all together is doing what is known as a whole cloth quilt. There is no patchwork involved, no blocks to sew up, just a simple quilt sandwich to quilt and bind. It is best to use fabric that is interesting or in this case use a printed panel.
Panels are sold on the bolt, and priced by the panel. Usually they will be part of a set with corresponding fabrics or they will include everything you need on the panel itself. Some printed panels will have kits on them for making various things such as aprons, tote bags, Christmas stockings, etc. Those panels are great for beginner sewers as are the printed panels with just a scene.
This fun panel had a cute, modern Noah's ark scene, perfect for either a boy or a girl. I backed it with muslin and bound it with a great aqua gingham.
I sold this quilt to some great friends in Nashville and I think it found a pretty good home.