Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I started...

Well...I started to lay it out...At the moment it is sitting on Alex's floor. When Danny saw it he asked "Why is it in here?", well..."Where else could I put it that I wouldn't have to move it for a week?" If you didn't read my other post...Alex is at scout camp for a week, so it can stay put until I'm ready for it.

The multi-colored stripe thing on the bottom of the picture is the pillow sham that I forgot to return with the original comforter, so I'm kind of using it as inspiration. I know I should probably bring it back to the store but if the comforter is damaged anyway, it's just going to get trashed...so why worry. I used to be a softlines manager at a large discount department store and I know that we used to have to shred things that we "damaged" and "wrote off" before tossing them in the garbage. And I figure...we should get something extra for all of the trouble I'm now going through because of their bad quality. No reason to just throw it in the garbage when I can get some use out of it. I know...I'm bad...


  1. Hi Samantha

    Have you washed the 2 new fleece blankets yet? Do so to make sure you're not going to go to all this work and have them fall apart on you. It will also take care of any shrinkage so make sure you dry them as you will once the quilt is made.

    You can use batting or not depending on how "fluffy" you want the quilt to be. If so, layer as follows:

    1. Top right side up
    2. Batting
    3. Back right side down

    Pin around 3 sides leaving one of the short sides open. Stitch around all 3 sides pinned (seam allowance will depend on what measurements you want the completed item to be). Trim the edges. I find with fabics this thick it helps to stagger the width of the seam allowance which means trimming each layer's selvage separately. Clip the corners diagonally but first double stitch the corners. Turn the quilt, ironing the seams if necessary. I find it also is good to iron the entire quilt to flatten to tie. Just be careful to not stretch the fabric. Steam and lift the iron to move rather than sliding it. Turn in the edges of the open end, press, pin and sew closed either by hand on or by machine.

    Finally find some colorful colorfast yard and using a yarn needle, tie the quilt using double square knots in several places to secure the batting and fabric together. You can create a design or follow the design on the quilt top. Voila!! You have a new quilt for your dear son when he returns from camp.

    I hope I haven't made this too long or too complicated and hope this helps



  2. Thanks Denise, Not too complicated...Hopefully, I'll at least have the stripes all sew together so that I can get it off of my other son's floor by fri afternoon.

  3. So my questions is, do you want this to be a really warm blanket or just a comforter? I love makeing blankets with fleece. I would just find another big piece of fleece and put them together and tie all the edges.

    I picture your strips sewn with the seams on the outside. and then the edges are raw too. I would tie the quilt with a bedspread cotton.

    It looks like it will be really fun for him though! :)

    ps. saw you on Mixxmade

  4. I am going to leave raw edges when sewn together, just haven't figured out how I'm going to sew it on to the batting. It will not fit in my sewing machine. I will need to make sure that the batting does not shift, some how.