My first quilt!!!!

by tolmema on September 1, 2012

So, I have finally finished my first quilt! I got a custom order to make a chenille blanket like the one from Aesthetic Nest, in little boy colors. I picked monkeys for the backing and the coordinating colors are brown, orange, blue, and green. I cannot accurately describe how proud of it I am. This quilt took quite a bit of time and effort and it really eased me into the quilting game.

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There’s a total of five layers of snuggly cotton, so the quilt is deceptively heavy.

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The finished size is about 40″ x 40″, give or take an inch or two.

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A close-up of the layers all fuzzed up. They’ll only get fuzzier with each wash!

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I handmade the binding using some of the leftover green fabric. I had literally just enough to make the binding Рmaybe two or three inches leftover!

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All in all, I’m incredibly happy with the results of the quilt. :) It took about six hours to make and is my proudest sewing item to date. I love how the quilt feels very “heirloom” and broken in after just one wash – that means each wash will make it more snuggly and soft for the lucky baby. It’s also big enough to last all the way through the toddler stage, which means that the buyer will get her money’s worth out of it.

I’m quite excited to start another one soon – I could barely keep Little Foot’s paws off of it, so I’m sure she’d absolutely adore one. Maybe a holiday gift?

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tialys September 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

It looks great! I made a bag using this method a few years ago and it was a lot of fun to do.

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tolmema September 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thank you!! :) I had a lot of fun, but the cutting was a pain. I think I might get one of those chenille cutter things or next time use regular cotton on the inside instead of the snuggly stuff I used to make it easier to cut.

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agujasblog September 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

That quilt looks great!

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tolmema September 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to make; I foresee more of them in the future. :)

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