I had a sudden determination to make a blanket or quilt for my baby girl. I put together some fun pink and coral quilting fabric I had in my stash. Then with lots of struggles I was able to crochet a pom pom edge on it. I am really happy with how it turned out even with the difficulties. I just LOVE the pompom edge!
I decided to make a toddler sized quilt instead of a baby quilt so that it can grow with her. I’ve now found that all of Henry’s baby blankets and quilts are too small. I would like to combine two to make a toddler one if I can find the time.
I won a fabric giveaway a couple months back from Glam Fabrics. I chose some gray minky, some pink scallop print cotton, and a colorful zoo print cotton.
Here’s how to make a minky blanket the easy way.
I had some floral fabric that I won from Sewing Summit and some pink striped fabric in my stash. They all looked great together even though I had to do some interesting piecing to make it big enough.
This is the second pieced blanket I’ve made (the first one hasn’t been gifted yet, so I can’t show you) and kind of have a love/hate relationship with making quilts.
I have fallen in love with coordinating colors and patterns, thinking up the overall pattern, making use of scraps, and satisfying straight lines.
I don’t mind sewing the pieces together if there isn’t a lot of seams, but I don’t like binding, the actual quilting, or tying. It kind of leaves me in a rut if I only do half of a blanket process, right?
Now because I love the look of machine quilt, but I hate binding I thought doing a crochet edge would be a good idea. I was really inspired by this free pom pom edge crochet pattern. (I love free crochet patterns!)
The finished product looks good, but it was extremely frustrating. I started by using my wing tip sewing machine needle to make holes all around the edge. I first did a basting stitch which didn’t make big enough holes, and then I did the classic star machine stitch that makes a good-sized hole.
I think the batting makes a big difference because the holes still weren’t big enough for my smallest crochet hook, and I didn’t want to buy one just for this one project.
Instead, I took a yarn needle that fit the holes and did a whipstitch around the whole blanket. Then I added a simple stitch around in the holes to give more detail.
Finally, I was able to crochet the pom poms into the whipstitch, and I only did it on three sides of the quilt so the pom poms don’t bug baby girl’s face when she starts using it.
I’m glad I tried quilting to realize I don’t love it. Do you love quilting or piecing? Have you tried something that you really love and really hate?