Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sally Said NO SEW!

I wanted to make fleece blanket for a friend and found this great tutorial at Pieces by Polly. It requires no sewing and I really liked the braided edge finish rather than tons of knots. There is only one small knot in this method.

Most of the time making this double layer blanket is spent cutting it out. I used two yards of 58/60" wide fleece. You cut 2" tabs around the entire edge of the blanket plus 2" cutouts in each corner.  Then using a crochet hook or a paperclip as shown in the tutorial, you "braid" the tabs together. My finished size is approximately 68" x 56". It took me about two hours to complete it.

I forgot to take pictures of the first blanket I made that went to a friend. It was made from Arizona Cardinals fleece backed with a solid black backing. I had to disinfect my cutting table afterwards since I am a Seahawks fan, LOL! But I managed to get pictures of the second blanket I made using Seahawks fleece and a coordinating bright green solid fleece.

This no-sew blanket would make a great and quick gift for someone. If you can get fleece on sale, that makes it even better!

Two Layer Fleece No-Sew Blanket

Braided Edge Detail

Go Hawks!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mini Quilts and More

Here is what I have been up to since my last post.

I was chosen as a pattern tester for Clobird Designs. What a fun experience although I will admit my bag did not turn out as well as I hoped for. There was a revision to the pattern that I missed that made a huge difference in the finished product. Live and learn. It is a great pattern however. I made the Serena version with the thinner strap.

Serena Front

Serena Back Pocket

Serena Interior

I quilted a top for my mom. This Florida Gators quilt was a gift to my Uncle Bill.


I have also been having a blast with raw edge batik applique work. For the September Doll Quilt swap, our theme was Halloween. This little one is 12" x 12" in size.

"CK on a Pumpkin"

Quilt Back

Here is the quilt I received from Lisa in the exchange. Another black cat!

Lisa' Quilt and Goodies

My sister and I also make tea towel aprons. Quick and easy!






And finally, a new addition to my sewing machine collection! I think this is from the late 50's, early 60's. It is a Japanese machine and is heavy as all get out!

  My new Sewmor