Today I am joining with Fat Quarter Shop in highlighting their Top 10 videos of 2015. They have allowed me to pick one video tutorial and make my interpretation of it to share with all of you.
Because I am expecting my first grandchild, I jumped at the chance to make a baby blanket.
I have chosen the Blooms and Bliss Receiving Blanket Tutorial. This originally posted on October 21, 2015. There are 4 links to the original tutorial and resources.
1) The original post can be found here: Blooms and Bliss Receiving Blanket Tutorial.
2) The pattern tutorial can be found here: Download BloomBlissReceivingBlanket- Pattern
3) The YouTube Video of the tutorial for the blanket can be seen here: https://youtu.be/1F4okv_hxq0
4) If you wish to make the blanket as seen in the pattern and video, the kit is available at the Fat Quarter Shop.
This is my blanket that I have named the Baby Bliss Receiving Blanket.
The fabric used is August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel Fabrics. My son and daughter-in-law chose this gender neutral fabric. I chose a solid flannel for the back.
I am not a quilter so I loved that this blanket was made entirely from sixteen 10X10 squares. AND the Fat Quarter Shop sells the squares already pre-cut. I am a big believer of learning a new sewing process with Pre-Cuts. ( Read Learn to Sew with Pre-Cut Kits.)
The pattern called for 8 dot squares and 8 print squares. I chose assorted grids and dots for the 8 dot squares and I chose assorted prints for the print squares.
I have never used a video tutorial to make a project before. I watched it before I began. It was so easy to assemble the squares having my laptop out and I would pause when I needed to. It gave more depth to the pattern.
My problem came in trying to follow the pattern to lay out the squares. Some of the squares were a quarter turn on its side and all mine were directional. Well the animals had to be one directions. So this left the tribal prints going sideways. I could have prevented this if I had half of my squares with the diagonal line going the opposite direction.
Once the top was put together I was able to lay it face down on the flannel and cut around the edges to sew together like a pillow. There is no batting or binding (again… perfect for a non quilter).
The pattern called for a 3" radius corner. I did not have this tool. I found a 3" Corner Radius Template. I cut it out. Put in on the corner of my mat. I drew two intersecting lines for the 3" corner and drew a diagonal line as well. I then took each corner of the blanket and placed it on the corner of my mat. I lined up the intersecting lines to match the lines on the mat. The diagonal line matched the diagonal on the quilt. I pinned and cut the corner off the blanket.
I marked my start and stop points with intersecting pins. I then sewed all around the blanket. I turned it right side out.
I sewed around the entire edge then did the topstitching as indicated.
This was a fun and easy blanket to make. Now I have to wait for this precious child to be born!
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See how others have used this pattern today:
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Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts
Seema of Hooks, Needles, & Brushes
Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies
Lisa of In the Boon Docks
Kiera of Simply Vanella
Renee of Sewn with Grace