Friday, 25 July 2014

A Square Quilt--gift for big brother

 I had meant to include this quilt on the elephants post, but forgot.  My cousin who had the twins, also has a 5 year old, and he knew that the new babies would need his receiving blankets, even though he still liked to cuddle with a few.  So, his wise mom sent me 3 of his favorite receiving blankets, and I made a cuddle quilt from them.
 I was able to use the patterned one as the center, and added the other two as outside borders to increase the size.  I took inspiration from the center fabric for the quilting, and added a chocolate brown minkee on the back.    And, it being a cuddle, utility quilt, I folded the backing to the front and stitched it down as a binding.  It looks nice and crinkly because I washed it, having used some Elmer's school glue to hold the binding down before I stitched it.

The new baby brothers gave this quilt to their big brother (again, a very wise Mom), so he could have his favorite flannel blankets back.

And I took a bunch of pictures while quilting this to show how I load and keep a quilt square....and it's on a page on my blog loading-quilt-square-and-keeping-it square.  I'm not sure why the pages don't show up on the blog home...I might figure that out sometime.


  1. Such a great idea. I love that design, did you do it freehand? Did you have to draw any guide line to stay straight ?

  2. That is a fantastic idea. I've tried to come up with a way to put together receiving blankets but hadn't but now I can use this one. Thanks bunches.

  3. Awww, that's a sweet story and fun quilt!