Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chenille Truck Baby Blanket

If you know me at all you know I love to make baby blankets.  Do you remember these?  It is so fun to design them, pick out the fabrics, then give them to that adorable little baby.  My friend just had a cute little boy so I just had to make another.  So far I haven't made the same style of blanket twice but I loved this quilt so much that, that might change.

I used this Heirloom Cut Chenille Blanket Tutorial.  I followed her tutorial for the most part.  I didn't round the corners, and I added an extra layer right on top of the backing to make it sturdier since my fabric wasn't as thick.  I also added a few patches to the front to give it a little more character.

I added the patches after I cut the top layers.  It was a little harder to sew them on with it cut but in the end it is better.  I just pinned them down really well so the cut strips underneath stayed flat.  Then I sewed around the outside of the patch with a straight stitch, I left a small border so it would fray along with the rest of the quilt.

 This is after one wash.  The whole quilt will fray a lot more over time.  I love how the patches frayed and how cute they look.  They really add a lot to the quilt.

 Here is the fabric I used for the backing.  Don't you LOVE it? 

This quilt was a lot of fun.  It took longer than I expected.  You definitely need to think of this as 'quilting', it isn't instant gratification sewing.  I do have to say that it was faster than piecing and quilting though.


Jennifer said...

DARLING! Everything about this quilt is great! Thanks for sharing!

The Celery Stock said...

WOW. What an amazing quilt. You are very talented!

Ma Heather and Pa Craig said...

I love the trucks! You are so talented! Does the fraying stop at a point or will it fray to nothing?

Kate said...

I love this! Can you tell me the name of the fabric you used for the backing?

Erica said...

Kate - Sorry I didn't tell you sooner but the fabric I used is called "Truck Stop" in the Alexander Henry Fabric Collection, 2009.