So, I watched a video of Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company make a self-binding baby blanket. It looked very cute. The fabric that she was using was very expensive, and I wanted to try it, but not with anything that can cost a bunch of money in case it turned out horrible. So, I looked at a bunch of scraps that I had from my great nephew’s dog blanket and decided that I would piece a quick top and then use a piece of fleece for the back. I gave my daughter all the pieces and told her to lay them out and number them for me (She totally wanted credit for the design).
So, doing the self-binding part was not difficult. It was actually pretty easy. The only part I found difficult was quilting this. Fleece has a fair amount of stretch to it, so I had to be careful not to stretch as I quilted. Her instructions said you could do as little as sew a square in the middle to keep the front and back from coming apart. I did a bit more than that. I am not sure if it was good or bad. I think if I had started at it for a while, I might have come up with a better plan. I will try it again to see if I can do something I like a bit more.
On a positive note, this was an inexpensive quilt to make. The front was scraps and the back was a $6 piece of fleece. There is no batting and it is a very nice weight for a quilt.
Last night I cut out a bunch of squares for my Uncle Donald Quilt. WooHoo. I will have a page devoted to Uncle Donald Quilts soon….
If you are anything like me, you have purchased tons of quilting magazines and books. For me, I will pick up a magazine just to look at how others coordinate colors and just to get ideas. As a norm they cost form $5.99 to $9.99, which can get quite expensive. I have a graveyard of quilt magazines. Recently, I found Block Magazine. It is quarterly and costs $5.99 each issue. The thing is, it is as beautiful, or more so, that many quilt books I have purchased for 20-40$. Block Magazine is published by The Missouri Start Quilt Company. It has no ads. Imagine that. There are at least 10 projects with very complete instructions. Many use Fabric packs, but we all know that is just a suggestion you can really do anything you want. Honestly, I have not seen a more beautiful magazine for such a small price. No, they did not ask me to write this. I wanted to, just in case fellow quilters/sewers did not know about this magazine. This one is money well spent. I am working on collecting past issues also. As my daughter say “Just sayin”.
I made this quilt for my Great Niece Addison. I used charm squares of reproduction fabrics. I love precuts, but often find them a bit expensive. I have found a couple of places that has very reasonable prices. I would suggest Missouri Start Quilt Co. https://www.missouriquiltco.com/. They offer a daily deal and very often it is on precuts. On April 1st, they sold a pack of precuts for 25 cents. I just bought the daily deal the other day for $1.95. Now, you do have to pay $5.00 for shipping, but I bought an extra pack of Daily deals at the regular price (8.95) and also received a free pattern for spending over $10.00. I belive my total was less than $16.00 for two charm packs and a pattern, delivered to my door in just a couple of days. Well worth the money.
My other favorite place to buy discount precuts, is http://www.craftsy.com/. They have a clearance section and have had up to 70% off. Shipping is also very reasonable. Craftsy is also a great place for ideas and patterns. More on that later.
I am not paid to say any of this stuff. Just want to pass along good information to fellow sewers/quilters.