One of the magazines my grandmother had featured a nine-patch "blanket" on the cover of the magazine. My daughter saw the kitty blanket and had to have it. I figured that she'd forget about it after a day or so if I put the magazine away, but she was tenacious! Personally, I think it's super ugly.
I had some time today and threw it together for her. I learned a few lessons along the way:
- Don't use fleece for backing. Really. It might seem like a good idea but it really isn't.
- Make sure you're using the right size needle if you are stupid enough to use fleece for the backing.
- It's okay to give yourself more than a 1/4" seam allowance when you're assembling your quilt pillow-case style.
- Top stitch! Really. Don't forget it! ALL the way around. It makes life so much easier.
- Did I mention not to use fleece? Just thought I'd throw that in again.
- If you really wanted this to be a blankie for a child, don't use buttons for eyes and make your squares larger. I followed the instructions, against my better judgment, and cut 4 1/2" squares. The end result is a 12" block. I suppose Barbie or Strawberry Shortcake could use it as a blankie.
|recycled one of my son's fleece baby blankets for the backing|