Friendly Neighborhood blankie

First remnant project in June, jeny tries quilting again. WHY? you may ask, as our brief spring turns into long 90-degree days and weeks. ANSWER, remnants were on sale. And stash cries out to be reduced, so blankets use more up yardage. And little kids like blankies, rain or shine.

flannel remnant

I had a cute blue and white flannel piece that would have made an excellent baby blanket if it had been a little bit bigger. It ended up being cut into sashing for a Spiderman quilt top, as you see here.

Spiderman Quilt top

The light blue flannel came from JoAnn’s and the Spidey flannel was mail-ordered from fabric.com. Now, for a backing I chose light blue minky with raised dots. I could have opted for the traditional batting and plain flannel backing sandwich, but the minky is so much more cuddly.
The next one I do [and there will be a next one because the recipient has a brother] will be a different Spidey flannel with a darker blue sashing and minky backing.

stuff for blanket #2 in the works

Construction: originally I measured the dimensions of the backing fabric and then calculated how many 2-inch strips (actually cut 3-inch strips because I added 1/2-inch for a seam allowance on each edge) plus x-inch blocks would fit in that measurement. I ended up making the blocks about 13.5-inches square, including 1/2-inch seam allowances each side. The blocks were serged to the strips and the seam allowances pressed down on the wrong side. I plan to tie-quilt it with yarn—-rather than machine-quilt since the minky is a knit and the flannel top is a woven; what a headache it is to sew two unlike fabrics together. From past experience, such a combination means lots of slipping and distortion for me (maybe someone who reads this can counsel me on that?)

Last week I ran into a customer at JoAnn’s who told me all about a web site she loves, called patternreview.com. It costs about $30 a year to join it, but you can pay by the half-year and it’s only about a dollar more that way. Why does she like it so much? “You don’t have to waste your time buying a pattern that doesn’t turn out well, and you get to see what are the most popular [garment sewing] patterns. People–like us!–let you in on where the glitches might be, what they did to overcome problems, and their opinions,” she told me. “I don’t even buy a pattern anymore without checking with them.” I had to check it out, for a 6-month trial, and I liked it! The first project I looked into was someone’s experience sewing a swim suit. It was humorous, loaded with methodology, and well worth the lookie, I thought :). For joining, you get to choose one of their online sewing classes taught by sewing personalities like Kenneth King, some of which normally sell for $50. And members get a 10% discount at JoAnn’s.

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