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.
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.
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.
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.