It’s simple to be categorized into both a “quilter” or a “sewer,” however we expect you could be each, irrespective of how small or newbie a quilting venture could also be. On this episode of Model Revive, I make my first actual quilt utilizing scraps of minky material for my pet rabbit Bubbly. Child quilts and mini quilts are a incredible solution to enter the quilting phrase, and I study they are significantly 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 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: huge quilt for me!
Planning the Quilt
For my quilt, I didn’t use a sample. I simply needed slightly sq., so I began off chopping sixteen 6”-wide squares. Then accounting for utilizing a ¼” seam allowance to piece collectively, that signifies 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” methodology the place the perimeters are completed earlier than the quilting is completed. As I discovered from Ginger, if you wish to free-motion or simply quilt it earlier than ending the edges with binding, then you need to lower the batting and backing bigger than the pieced entrance. I simply love having such educated stitching associates.
I really like having bunnies as pets; we’ve got been by many losses and additions of rabbits previously years and we’re right down to this toddler right here. The smallest of all our rabbits, and in addition the least harmful—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 assumed making him a mini quilt topper can be an ideal first little quilt venture.
So far as materials go, you’ll be able to simply use quilting cottons. However I really like minky, particularly Shannon Material’s Cuddle material. Their digital bunny print is so cute, and it’s enjoyable to match the completely 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 my mushy scrap bin (sure, I’ve a scrap bin devoted to fuzzy materials) and chosen these three.
Quilting with Shannon Material’s Cuddle Material
Listed below are some stats for one of these material:
Content material: 100% Polyester
Sort: Napped knit
Care Directions: Machine Wash; Tumble Dry Chilly. Liquid material softener not advisable.
Needle: Stretch 90/14
Urgent: Not advisable since it will probably wreck 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 advisable; backing could be itchy if carrying. Hold vacuum close by and a lint curler. In case you are stitching minky to a cotton you need to pre-wash the cotton.
I lower all my items with a quilting ruler and sharp blade. Bear in mind, the sharper the blade the much less “mud” can be created.
It was enjoyable to prepare all my items to see methods 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 material collectively simply; it makes it so the highest and backside layer stretch evenly by the machine.
Including Machine Embroidery to a Quilt
Making a quilt is such an ideal alternative to incorporate embroidery.
The important thing to embroidering minky material is to make use of a topper like this Sulky Stabilizer.
Ending Your Quilt
I truly couldn’t consider how simple it was to return collectively; a lot in order that the considered making a queen-size one for myself appeared doable!
With this methodology, I positioned my pieced entrance, proper sides along with backing and batting, leaving a gap of about 5” to show by.
Then, since my material was so good and fuzzy, I topstitched the opening closed as an alternative of hand stitching because you couldn’t see the stitches.
This was truthfully such a enjoyable venture to create and an ideal 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 believe it’s secure to say Bubbly loves this blanket as a lot as I liked stitching it!
Are you a garment sewer that desires to strive a mini quilt? I say go for it! Create a quilted placemat, pet or baby blanket, rug—no matter you wish to begin with. Submit it utilizing the #StyleReviveChallenge
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