Had I known it was so simple I wouldn't have waited till now to do this. In the past, whenever someone asked me if I sewed, the next question was always "Do you quilt?" So naturally I assumed that sewing and quilting were two different realms of skill. Sure, I can sew...but quilting you say? Umm no, I don't even go there.
Well, it turns out that to make a quilt, you cut a bunch of squares out of your fabric, sew them together in rows, then sew those rows together. It's actually doable! Who would have thought?
This is all slightly embarrassing since a lot of my friends are excellent quilters. I know I shouldn't be making such a big deal out of something they've known how to do for YEARS! But, I AM proud. This was a huge step for me :)
This blanket is my birthday present to Charlotte. I know...I made her a blanket for Christmas too. But you know, it's something that to me is sentimental, fun to do, and budget-friendly. Especially this one because I already had all the fabric I needed! I wanted it to be really big so it would grow with her. I didn't know it would be as big as it was, but it was a pleasant surprise!
*followed this tutorial.
*used approx. 12 yards of flannel for this project (2 yds of 6 different patterns)
*cut out lots and lots of squares with my rotary cutter. here you go.
*sewed 12 rows of 15 squares, making it a total of 180 squares on the front and 180 on the back.
*snipped all the little hems then washed it to make it fluffy.
I LOVE how it turned out!
|sewing X's through each square= so. time. consuming.|
|before I sewed it all together|
|WALLAH! sorry about the sun blare!|
I love the owls the best :]
Be warned that making something like this in such a short amount of time can make you crazy. Like perhaps, you start to seam rip through your fingertips...stare at the endless amounts of squares for minutes at a time...pretend you're a housemaid from Downton Abbey sewing for the lady of the house...or you know, whatever. Of course none of those things happened to me. I was totally cool.
Yup, I was pretty much like this the whole time.
With some of the flannel I had left I decided to go ahead and make something to go with the quilt. And what is more perfect than a stuffed owl?!
So there you go. My first ever quilt. And I must be insane because I'm making one just like it for Talmage in a month with more boyish fabric. WHY are their birthdays so close together? Oh right, cause that's what we thought would be a really great idea way back when we were making babies.
happy sewing! (and quilting)