Thursday, January 13, 2011

Couple-Hour Quilt


I love quilts, but I don't exactly have the patience to make them in the "proper" way. I don't have a penchant for a lot of tedious, precise measurement and once the quilt top is done, I want the project to be finished (as opposed to just half-way done!).

So I kind of improvise when it comes to quilting. I decided to make a little baby quilt (little = easier and faster!). I sketched out a design on the back of an envelope and decided how big I wanted the squares to be and what size I wanted the final quilt to be. I used my rotary cutter and my cutting mat to make the squares as efficiently as possible. Then I started sewing them into strips. Once I had all the strips completed, I sewed the strips together. Then I simply sewed the top to some fleece material (no batting needed!), turned the whole thing right-side out, and top-stitched the hole closed. Voila!

The project got a little tedious when I was sewing the squares into strips, and I was so, so thankful that I had opted for fairly large squares. In the end, however, I was delighted with the results. I've decided that I want to make lots of little blankets instead of one Special Baby Quilt. The pressure got to be too much for me. I couldn't decide on the right fabrics or the right design. I like the idea of using a variety of blankets and seeing which one "Coconut" is drawn to.



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5 comments:

Pip said...

I very much like this concept. I've got a couple of quilt tops that I just can't bring myself to finish, Using this method, I might actually complete a project instead of having lots of works in progress.

Carrie said...

Making a lot of blankets is a great idea. You need them all over the house, in the cars, in the stroller, at day care (if you do that), etc. Then your kid will get attached to something completely different! ;)

Julie M said...

It's beautiful! The colors look so calming....

Matt, Lindsey and 'the spud' said...

Aww I LOVE amy butler, nicely done!! You know fleece is even more comfortable than "traditional" quilts anyways. How fun is it to think that in a month you'll have a cozy sweet little baby to wrap up in the blanket...is it real yet?!

Jessica said...

Oh I love it! My mom made me a "no sew" fleece blanket for Christmas and I loved it so much I bought some materials for a baby blanket. As soon as I get my sewing machine up and running, though, I'm totally going to try this easy quilt out!

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