I have been a busy little beaver this month. Today I finished up the last project from my the Giving Challenge. I made 3, two ply blankets from fleece and donated them to the Rescue Mission in El Paso. They were a lot harder then I thought they would be. Trying to line them up was the hardest part… it is so easy to stretch and them I would re-cut them and re align them and then re-cut them… Actually – I think that real problem is that I have lost my big rotary cutter. But after I got them cut they was super easy make. My husband and I also cleaned out our closet and we gave some bags of clothing away with the blankets.
To recap the giving Challenge I gave way 2 necklaces to the Get Maybelle To The Ellen Show action, Gifted 2 quilts to a dear friend of mine that just had a baby boy (and the other quilt was her wedding quilt that I was super behind on), Helped make wall art for 11 of the CIMA Hospice Patients, made 10 pillowcases for Las Cruces’s Catholic Charities, and made 3 blankets for the Rescue Mission. So yes, I met all of my goals. It was very rewarding! I feel very good about all of the projects and will have to start planning now for next year.
DIY – Fleece Blankets
Fleece is wider then quilting fabrics, possibly around 59″.
- Buy 2 yards of two different fleece fabrics. If you are using a fabric that is 59″ wide, trim the fabrics to 57″ x 71″.
- Line up the fabrics so that the right sides touch. Pin the edges together.
- Sew along the edge leaving a generous 1/4″ seam allowance but leave 8″ unsewn along the bottom edge.
- Pull the fabrics from the inside to the outside, so that the right sides are now on the outside of the blanket and the wrong sides of the fabric are now touching.
- Work on the corners so that they are full and have a point.
- Hand stitch the 8″ unsewn gap
- Pin the edges.
- Topstitch the edges about a 1/2″ into the edge.
My little helper, Pablo the cat (aka the terrorizer, aka the quilting cat)