Sunday, November 27, 2011

Baby Flannel Play Quilt from Recycled Materials: Part Two and Finishing

So, I finally have gotten around to finishing my granddaughter's flannel play quilt. It's not easy to do in 80+ degree weather. When I started it, it was just going to be a "quick" quilt, but as I was sewing the squares together (please see Part One, click "baby" under my TAGS section) I kept thinking of things to add to it that would make it super cute.  I cut flowers and hearts from the left over parts of the backing (a twin flat sheet), and stitched them as appliques, before attaching the backing.  The small top square is a special hand stitched message to my granddaughter, noting the finishing date of Nov. 2011.

I left a 2 1/2 inch border from the backing material,
which I folded over for the binding 
I used a square template as a guide for attaching the backing.
I noticed two of the square's bobbin threads was loose, so
I did zig zag stitching down and across the rows.
An extra step but it turned out great!

It was fun to cut out the flowers and hearts from the scraps

Although the spray adhesive has a strong smell, it was a real life saver!
It held the backing nice and secure, even through all the turning and twisting.
I do recommend doing this outside, if possible.

I really enjoyed making this quilt! And not just because it was for
someone special.  It feels nice to see a project, any project, come together
when all the pieces are put into place.  

I'd love to know what you think about it! 
Your comments or questions are welcomed. 

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Baby Flannel Play Quilt from Recycled Materials: Part One

This quilt top is made of cuttings from a 4-pack of baby flannel blankets,
which, by the time I washed and dried them a couple of times,
shrunk considerably. What to do? a light bulb went off in my head...
I cut each flannel blanket into four 10 inch squares, and
bought 1 yard of material, pink with white polka dots.
I machine stitched the squares together, on the 5/8" seam mark. 

Notes to Self: 
Get a cutting mat and a rotary cutter!!!
Do not cut using the previous piece of material as a guide!!!
Get the right size thimble - needle sticks hurt =(
Don't curse the material Buy a large seam ripper!!!

I recycled a portion of my old king sized mattress cover
to use as the batting.
I have picked out a lovely soft green print material as the backing.

Now, if I can just get my stitches the same size....  I 
need lots & lots of practice.

My goal this weekend is to finish up this project.
(if I can find the right thimble - I hate sore fingers!)
I will post pictures of the end result Monday... or Tuesday....
might better make that NEXT Friday ;)