Glad you've joined the group and hope you'll drop by often. Welcome.
Welcome! Your Mother sounds just like mine, except for the quilting part! Although she never stopped making quilt blocks, She did slow down on putting them together where we kids small - time constraints - I know you understand!
I agree with the others, a nine patch, plain or split is an easy pattern and can result in a beautiful quilt, baby or otherwise. Dive in, everyone here is great and we have no quilt police!