Friday, December 14, 2012

Three Minky Blankets

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!

14 comments:

  1. I'm sure your kids will love these, even if they weren't your favorite to make!

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  2. Great handmade gifts, yet simple and fast.

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  3. Cute! where did you get your minky? I was just thinking I need to do a minky backing for my son. I did one for my daughter and just like your kids, it's her favorite. Your fabrics are so fun (i love the purple!).

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  4. Aaron still has Isabel's minky backed blanket that you gave me in his bed that he cuddles with at night. I'm hoping to make him his own blanket with some minky so that I can give Isabel her's back. I've only done one other minky backed blanket and that was before I learned about 505 spray. Pinning it was awful, and really hard. Glad you're got a few presents done! :)

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  5. Oh my, you are a far better woman than I, well done for persevering!

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  6. Oh, man, you are so right! Mine loves her quilts, but 'red blankie' is the favourite thing ever- a red polar fleece blanket the I blanket stitch and did some lazy daisy flowers on. Thanks for this post- I have a queen size minky blanket I got years ago I was going to send to the thrift shop, I'll retrieve it and chop it up! Use it for backing instead for my new nephew!

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  7. My daughter has a couple minky blankets and LOVES them! The fabric to be a complete pain in the butt to work with, but those blankets are by far her favorite thing that I've ever made.

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  8. I bet your machine was running off the static electricity after those; they look lovely though x

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  9. My kids don't appreciate quilts either in comparision to fleece for snuggling. I guess I get it that the fleece is not cold like quilting cottons. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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  10. these are lovely, I'm sure your kids will love snuggling in these beautiful, soft blankies.

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  11. I think Minky is the devil, so I can only imagine the trouble these gave you! But they look great, and your kids will love them. My son was going nuts for a minky-type blanket at target, so I'm at least going to have to make a minky-backed one for him.

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  12. I've been thinking about getting minky for baby quilt backs, but I have my share of fear of slipping and sliding :) The quilts look adorable!

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  13. HI! WONDERFUL GIFTS!
    SO BRIGHT+CHEERFUL-LOVE IT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  14. Lucky little kids! I'm sure that there won't be a problem swaping cuddlies!

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