Friday, April 02, 2010

sew & tell - a baby blanket

If you are here from V. & Co., Welcome!  If you are new or need a refresher for Sew & Tell guidelines you can click on the tab above for details on linking up!

I have been working on lots of things this week.  Like my baby's quilt and my bird quilt from the last post.  I don't have anything huge to sew & tell this week, but I did make this darling baby blanket for a friend.  One of the 20 that I know who are having babies in the next 6 months!


I thought these little doggies were so cute.  And real minky can't be beat.  I got out my serger the other  day and I love how it just zooms across anything and makes it so nice and neat and fuzz/ravel free!  It was especially nice since I had just battled with my other machine breaking a couple of needles trying to quilt that bird quilt.  Grrrrrr.  I'm still mad at miss Bernina over it.

The blanket is approximately 30" x 30".  I can get two backs out of one yard of minky this way.  I just serge it up, right sides together - leaving an opening to turn.  Once it's turned I top-stitch it closed.  I like to do a double top stitch, it lends some weight to the hem, and I like to think it looks better.

I've found that using a walking foot for the top-stitching is great.  But minky is a little stretchy so you have to pin a LOT to keep everything square.  This one may not be the best example of that, but don't tell anyone.

I got some more fabric yesterday (will post soon) and have a couple dresses, bags, and the two quilts to keep me busy this weekend.  Hopefully I'll have more progress reports on the quilt and some finished stuff for next Friday.

Can't wait to see what you've been doing this week!

Your turn!

Please refer to the sew & tell page if you have any questions or wonder why your link may have been deleted.
1. Link to your specific post about a sewing related finish you had THIS week.
2. Please mention sew & tell in  your post and link back to this post (link or button) so everyone can join in.
3. Pat each other on the backs in the comments!

31 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Catherine said...

Oh that looks nice and cozy, perfect for a wee baby! Cute doggy fabric too!

Sandra said...

This fabric is just too cute!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That dog fabric and minky combination are so fantastic!

kristie said...

that doggie fabric is so cute! lucky baby!

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love the baby quilt. I have never sewn with Minky, but it sure feels nice to the touch.

I accidentally hit the button and my link from the last time I posted anything for Sew and Tell Friday was added to the list. IT's #12. If you can delete it, that would be great!

Thanks, again, for doing this! It always gives me a goal.

ktquilts said...

Love the blue baby blankie, and thanks for running Sew & Tell.

Blessings,

KT

Sew It UP! said...

Your friend is going to love it! The quilt looks so cozy and warm.

You are going to be busy this weekend! I'm hoping to get more things done too since the kids are on spring break. Crossing my fingers :o)

nima said...

wow...lovely blanket...I love the fabric too

beth said...

cute. cute. Love that soft blanket!

Candied Fabrics said...

You're a brave gal to sew with such slippery stuff! ANd do you really know 20 different people having babies in the next 6 months? WOW

Mary said...

This blanket is so cute! I haven't been brave enough to attempt sewing with Minky yet, but I really need to give it a try. Have a great weekend!

Maevy said...

Cute and cozy, that's how we like them. The double top stitch does look great, it makes a more "finished" edge.

Lauren said...

Whenever I see minky fabric I always want to get some but I am afraid I will mess it up. Thanks for the tips, I will have to get brave and try to sew with it someday soon. Although, all of my friends had babies last summer! Weird how everyone you know seems to get prego at the same time. :)

Rene' said...

Amy, this is a sweet baby blanket! I love the Minkie. I have been afraid to use it, but love the way it looks so soft and comfy. Great for a baby!!! Thanks for sharing!

Dee said...

sometimes I wish I were a baby all over again just to have something this soft to snuggle in!

Happy Easter!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Have I told you I love the double topstitching? My new/old machine Bluebird apparently has dual needle capabilities, I can't wait to try it out!

amy smart said...

This little blanky is the perfect baby gift! I love it.

How are you doing? Are you hanging in there??

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

That has got to be the cutest, softest fabric ever! Quick, easy and adorable!

Leslie said...

what a cute and oh so soft little blankie!!! i have not tried minky but it looks like i should.!!!!

Vicki said...

Love your baby quilt, Amy! The double topstitching looks really nice.

Aunt Spicy said...

Love the minky! And oh, how I have missed reading your blog!

Elizabeth said...

That baby blanket is so cute! Love it.

Ann said...

Love the blanket! I use that same backing fabric on my quilts...the name is lost at this moment. One thing I found very useful is fusiable quilting batting. Yes, you just lay out your sandwhich and iron the whole thing. It goes together so nicey. I have some that I just finished and will post about on my blog (www.kiddosandcrafts.blogspot.com) in a couple weeks. They are gifts so I cannot ruin the suprise!

Laura said...

Amy! I actually did sew and tell this week and the linky widget already expired. LAME! It isn't midnight here yet . . . :)

Anissa said...

I missed the deadline too. My day was so crazy I'm just now getting to blog stuff. :( Guess I'll try again next Friday.

KQuiltyBee said...

Love the puppy fabric--I can think of someone who might like that. Have a great weekend.

Anissa said...

Thanks for extending the linky Amy! I've linked up now. :)

Laura said...

Yay! You fixed it! xo

V and Co. said...

dang it i missed it!!! here's my link though!
http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2010/04/link-me-up-you-will.html
my jedi robes oh yeah i'm so cool!

Valerie said...

I love the baby blanket. I am working on one now but didn't make it in time for the sew and tell.

Kristen said...

Aren't these quilts fun to make! It looks great! My daughter would love love love the dogs!

I'm waiting for my Minkee for my secret baby quilt. It's killing me not to share anything on my blog! She's an avid reader. I have the top and baby blocks done. Can't wait to give it away!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...