I just finished this blanket I have been working on for months upon months! It’s for my brand-new niece Kylie, who was born on June 23.
Why did this simple fleece blanket take me so long?
For one, I cut the fabrics out like an idiot – hacking away and assuming I’d have enough to make 12inch blocks. I didn’t. So this became the incredible shrinking quilt where the blocks are, I’m not sure, something like 9.5 inches squared all said and done.
It’s a super fun guitar and boom box flannel pattern. I learned a lot about quilting with this fabric. I learned that you must must must pre-wash it because it super shrinks (good think I learned that before I started this baby). I learned that it doesn’t care for a steam ironing, in that strips and squares will soon become ambiguous amoeba shapes. (I really should work on pressing rather than ironing my quilt pieces regardless of fabric choice).
I used a super light-weight denim for the back, and I love it! It’s soft and flexible, and has a tiny bit of a sheen to it.
I quilted free-motion stars with a silver metallic thread, and bordered the sashing with a pink metallic. Using these threads, I learned the importance of buying a proper metallic needle and using a bit of Sewer’s Aid on the spool.
I’m also so happy to report that I am finally using the proper tools! I used a free-motion foot that my mom found in storage, and a walking foot that a friend leant me. Let’s hope she doesn’t want it back anytime soon because I am definitely a walking-foot-believer now!
AND joy of joys my sewing pedal finally arrived! After having not shown up for 15 days, I decided to track the order… only to find that FedEx didn’t have that tracking number on record… because my order had never been fully submitted by the sewing supply company I used. WHOMP WHOMP. Well they finally shipped it out, and I’m enjoying sewing freely without concern that a small electrical fire might combust at any moment.
I used pre-bought double binding for this blanket, but never again. Time to be a big girl and learn how to make my own.
I do love my little embroidered patches, however : ) Yay for me being an aunt, and I hope my little niece spends lots of hours throwing awesome tummy-time parties on her new little mat (to be delivered at the end of this month when I meet my little squirt!).