Updated: Nov 16, 2018
I am about to call, "Hogwash!" on... MYSELF! LOL 😂
Let me back up for a moment with a quick story.
Our youngest son received some beautiful blankets when he was a baby. They featured lots of gorgeous colors, patterns and textures. Not only were the blankets beautiful but they were treasured because they were given to him by family and friends so donating them was never an option. I came up with the brilliant, hair-brained scheme to turn them into a quilt. In fact, we'll call the project "My Hair-Brained Scheme Quilt". Yeah, that was about seven years ago. 🙄
Like many of my fellow crafters, I am a busy lady with all of the daily tasks including mom, employee, maid, taxi driver, accountant, sock finder, arbitrator, errand runner, etc. These past few days, for the first time, I have been asking myself several questions. It went something like this:
"Renée, I know you love to craft and want to make this dang blanket, quilt or whatever you are calling it, but it's been seven years and where is it? Seriously, are you prepared to learn all of the quilting techniques necessary to make a complete, honest-to-goodness, real live, traditional quilt with all of the components including batting, edging, fancy stitching, etc? Like right now? Honestly???"
Although I did indeed want to make the quilt, I had to find a method that was easy and fit into my busy schedule. With a cheesy grin on my face I am happy to say, "I've found it!"
This month, we are doing a "Hip to be Square" theme in our Craft Yak Social Facebook group. I knew that using primarily fabric squares was the way for me to go because sewing them together is fairly straightforward and I could easily sew a few squares a day.
I thought, "Yes! Use squares BUT make the quilt using a process that is fun, uncomplicated and can be done a little bit at a time in a relatively short amount of time." I searched the Interwebs and found a way to make it all happen.
The test run...
Before I started cutting up my son's beautiful baby blankets, I wanted to make sure that I understood the technique I was about to use and was comfortable executing all aspects of it. I also needed sewing practice because I have been out of the loop for a minute. You can make this your actual project or you can do a test run as I am doing right now.
Here is my supply list:
Precut fabric squares (a.k.a charm packs) or cut your own squares - Flannel squares are particularly nice for this project. I purchased precut 5" x 5" squares from the local Hobby Lobby and Walmart in a cotton fabric. NOTE: The fabric squares that I purchased from Walmart were a little under 5 inches. Keep that in mind if you are combining squares from different brands. BTW, you can also find an excellent selection of charm packs online at Craftsy.
Sewing machine - or you can sew by hand (good luck!) I'm just kidding. Hand sewing is awesome! It's your choice. 😊 I adore my Brother Project Runway sewing machine. It is easy to set up and use, and it has all the features that I need including an attachable quilting table. My machine is model XR9500PRW.
Thread - I chose machine quilting thread. I also bought pre-threaded bobbins which are a real time-saver.
Straight pins or fabric clips - I highly recommend the fabric clips. For me, they are faster, easier and keep the fabric in place better than pinning.
Seam ripper for the occasional "Oops!"
Polyfill - I ended up buying Cluster Stuff brand fiber fill. I wanted to use a fill that stands up well in the wash, doesn't clump easily and keeps it's fluffiness. Cluster Stuff brand claims to do just that and is supposed to be excellent for pillows, quilts, stuffed toys, etc. I will let you know how it goes.
Alrighty then, I am ready to start and I will check back to let you know how it goes.