Friday, February 14, 2014

a swearing baby blanket

our town has a Winter Carnival each year with lots of fun things for families to do.  and each year, they hold a silent auction to raise money for the recreation dept. to support events like this.  so, naturally I decided it would be no problem to whip up a baby quilt in all my spare time {hahahahaaaaaaa}

I had half a truck panel and two cuts of coordinating prints in my stash that my my SIL gave me years ago - they were scraps she didn't want to hang on to.

I'm not a big fan of panels, because they rarely seem to be printed on the grain, causing issues when trying to square up the fabric.  This one wasn't too bad, though.  I added the yellow and red borders, and backed it in Minkee {the same as Phil's fur}

you're wondering where the swearing comes in, aren't you? ;)

Oh, that nasty binding!  even though I've never used it before, I decided that it would be easiest to use pre-made satin blanket binding.  the first package I bought had a stain on it that was only visible after the first two feet of binding had been sewn to the blanket.   grrrrrrr.

I had a ridiculously hard time figuring out how to miter the corners.  after a google search, I sorta kinda fudged the miters, but let me tell you there was a lot of swearing going on at that point!

the blankie finished at approx 36" x 38", with all fabrics coming from my stash.

this year I am going to concentrate on finishing WIPs and using up stash, so I decided it would be fun to keep track of how much yardage I use this year.  perhaps I will keep a running tally in my sidebar - still deciding just how to go about it.  so to get started, I am estimating I used a yard of fabric for the top, and I was able to make the backing & Phil out of one yard of Minkee.  That makes 2 yards used from stash :)

{not that I'm promising to abstain from fabric buying or starting new projects - I plan to do plenty of that, too}  :)

I'm linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, show and tell Tuesday


Rhonda said...

You quilt is cute, but your model is holding it upside down :).
I am also trying to use up, or at least make a big dent in it. I hope we are both successful.

Cindy Sharp said...

Well done my quilty friend.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Adorable! Good on you for trying that satin binding, Allison -- that stuff scares the bejeezus out of me! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Sharyn Hutchinson said...

I love your truck quilt. My grandson would love it as well!

Sarah Lizzie said...

Obviously all that 'colourful language' worked. 'Tis an adorable quilt!!