It’s simple to be categorized into both a “quilter” or a “sewer,” however we predict you may be each, regardless of how small or newbie a quilting venture could also be. On this episode of Fashion Revive, I make my first actual quilt utilizing scraps of minky cloth for my pet rabbit Bubbly. Child quilts and mini quilts are a implausible solution to enter the quilting phrase, and I study they are critically a lot enjoyable to stitch too! I known as in my buddy Ginger Sheehy Tatic who’s a co-host on the Quilt & Inform Podcast to assist stroll me by way of the method of placing the quilt collectively as soon as it’s pieced.
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Making a Mini Quilt
The result’s a fuzzy and customized mini quilt for my bunny that he loves. Subsequent venture: large quilt for me!
Planning the Quilt
For my quilt, I didn’t use a sample. I simply needed slightly sq., so I began off reducing sixteen 6”-wide squares. Then accounting for utilizing a ¼” seam allowance to piece collectively, that implies that the batting and backing must be 23 ¼” x 23 ¼”.
These dimensions are for the quilt to be quilted collectively utilizing the “pillow” technique the place the perimeters are completed earlier than the quilting is finished. As I discovered from Ginger, if you wish to free-motion or simply quilt it earlier than ending the perimeters with binding, then you must reduce the batting and backing bigger than the pieced entrance. I simply love having such educated stitching mates.
I like having bunnies as pets; we now have been by way of many losses and additions of rabbits up to now years and we’re right down to this baby right here. The smallest of all our rabbits, and in addition the least damaging—which is ideal for studios.
Bubbly sleeps subsequent to our mattress each evening on a shelf and we simply had some blankets laid out for him, so I believed making him a mini quilt topper could be an ideal first little quilt venture.
So far as materials go, you possibly can simply use quilting cottons. However I like minky, particularly Shannon Cloth’s Cuddle cloth. Their digital bunny print is so lovable, and it’s enjoyable to match the totally different colours in a print to make the quilt your individual. I didn’t wish to buy any new materials for this quilt, so I went by way of my gentle scrap bin (sure, I’ve a scrap bin devoted to fuzzy materials) and chosen these three.
Quilting with Shannon Cloth’s Cuddle Cloth
Listed here are some stats for one of these cloth:
Content material: 100% Polyester
Sort: Napped knit
Care Directions: Machine Wash; Tumble Dry Chilly. Liquid cloth softener not really helpful.
Needle: Stretch 90/14
Urgent: Not really helpful since it might break the nap, however when you should press on very low warmth
Foot: Strolling foot
Machine Arrange: Mild stress, longer sew size, zig zag or straight sew setting
Different: Lower with nap in thoughts with rotary cutter, and use common pins (and plenty of them). Double layer really helpful; backing may be itchy if sporting. Hold vacuum close by and a lint curler. In case you are stitching minky to a cotton you must pre-wash the cotton.
I reduce all my items with a quilting ruler and sharp blade. Keep in mind, the sharper the blade the much less “mud” will likely be created.
It was enjoyable to organize all my items to see learn how to rows would look!
I began by stitching every row collectively piece by piece, after which sewed the rows collectively. The strolling foot makes it really easy to stitch the slippery cloth collectively simply; it makes it so the highest and backside layer stretch evenly by way of the machine.
Including Machine Embroidery to a Quilt
Making a quilt is such a terrific alternative to incorporate embroidery.
The important thing to embroidering minky cloth is to make use of a topper like this Sulky Stabilizer.
Ending Your Quilt
I truly couldn’t consider how simple it was to come back collectively; a lot in order that the considered making a queen-size one for myself appeared doable!
With this technique, I positioned my pieced entrance, proper sides along with backing and batting, leaving a gap of about 5” to show by way of.
Then, since my cloth was so good and fuzzy, I topstitched the opening closed as a substitute of hand stitching because you couldn’t see the stitches.
This was truthfully such a enjoyable venture to create and a terrific subsequent step from my free movement jacket! My jacket solely had two layers and I completed it with binding, whereas my mini quilt had a correct backing with quilted batting and I actually understood the method of making a easy quilt.
I feel it’s secure to say Bubbly loves this blanket as a lot as I beloved stitching it!
Are you a garment sewer that wishes to attempt a mini quilt? I say go for it! Create a quilted placemat, pet or little one blanket, rug—no matter you wish to begin with. Put up it utilizing the #StyleReviveChallenge
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