I've learn my kiddos don't appreciate my quilts. I've made quilts for them and they still prefer the simple fleece blankets and puffy flannel tied baby quilts we received as baby gifts when they were born. I understand that they are kids and aren't really concerned about the appearance of the projects I make. They want something soft and cuddly. Enter minky.
Miss C is in dire need of a new cuddle blanket. "Green Blankie" is wearing out. She has had Green Blankie for almost four years. Now replacing Green Blankie is not going to be easy. I've been thinking about this for quite a while. I know its days are numbered. More holes appear every time we wash it. I got it in my head that it would be great to make all the kiddos double-sided minky blankets. I bought this minky months ago, and it's been sitting for that long. That's how excited I was about actually making these. I decided about a week ago to give them to the kids as Christmas Eve gifts so I needed to get moving.
These were a pain to say the least. I've worked with minky a lot as a backing fabric and haven't had much trouble. My machine did not like stitching through two layers of minky. I wanted to quilt them just a bit to keep the two sides together. On the pink quilt I did a large stipple and it worked fairly well--not so on the others. I was skipping stitches and breaking thread all over. It wasn't worth it. I ended up doing a few random straight lines through the quilts with my walking foot and called it good.
I used flannel-backed satin for the bindings. This is the same fabric I used to bind a quilt I made Miss C when she was a baby and it's held up well, so I'm hoping that continues. I did forget how un-fun it is to sew with satin. I thought the flannel-backed stuff would be a huge improvement over the horrible costume satin I used at Halloween for Miss C's costume. While it was better, it was still a pain. Needless to say I'm really, really glad to be done with these. I've decided every crafter and artist has their medium. Mine is not satin. I'll stick with quilting cotton.
I finally remembered to sew in my new labels. I wanted something very simple to just sew into the bindings. Someday when I feel rich, I'll purchase woven ones, but for now this is perfect. I purchased them from Green Beans N Strings.
Three more Christmas presents checked off the list!