Knit + Minky Blanket

Chances are if you’re a quilter, the world “blanket” isn’t necessarily one you like. This is one of those instances when this is an actual blanket, and not a quilt being called a blanket. 🙂 I first saw my friend Kristen make a blanket out of knit and minky at a quilt retreat about 2 years ago. I thought she was super brave and there was no way I’d ever be willing to try sewing with such finnicky and stretchy fabric. Fast forward 2 years and it’s funny how that has changed! I’ve become more brave with trying new things and not just sticking to quilts.

To make your own knit + minky blanket, you’ll need:

1 1/2 – 2 yards of stretch knit

1 1/2 – 2 yards of minky

a jersey needle

a walking foot

lots of pins

patience

I used a glorious knit from Riley Blake as well as Riley Blake minky and let me tell you, this is the softest knit and minky in the history of ever. My knit comes from the Under the cCnopy collection by Citrus Mint Designs. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), Riley Blake makes Designer Knits out of select prints from their collections!!! They are so cute and such a fun way to use some favorite prints in a different way.

When you purchase your fabric, make sure you buy the same quantity of the knit as you do of the minky. I did 1.5 yards and ended up with a square about 54″, but if you wanted a rectangle, use 2 yards!

The most non-negotiable thing you need is a jersey needle. I tried sewing with a regular needle and it was NOT pretty. Take the time to head to your local fabric store and buy a package of needles. You will spend less time unpicking than it will take you to do that. Trust me on that one.

Place the right sides of the knit and minky together and profusely pin around the edge. Leave a 10″ hole in one end. Sew using a 1/2″ seam all around the edge, except for your 10″ hole.

Flip the blanket right sides out, then pin the hole closed. You will then topstitch around the edge of the entire perimeter.

That’s it! You’re done! This particular blanket is destined to be a teacher gift for my son’s awesome 2nd grade teacher. I think I see more of these as gifts in my future. I love the ability to make something warm and snuggly without going to the huge time commitment of making a quilt! What’s your go-to teacher gift??

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Jelly Glazed Hearts Tablerunner

Fat Quarter Shop is releasing another fun, free pattern today for this Jelly Glazed Hearts Tablerunner. I thought this was a really unique take on a heart quilt block and I couldn’t get the idea of making a baby quilt out of my head. Since I have really young children, a tablerunner isn’t exactly something that fits into my decor, as it would become messy very quickly. Can any of you relate to that?? 🙂 I rearranged it to become a 4 block baby quilt and it is THE perfect size! This has been gifted to a close family friend for their new little one.

This quilt uses Ombré Bloom by V and Co., which is becoming a favorite of mine. I now have used all of her ombré fabric lines and I really enjoy the finished product of each quilt.

To get the free pattern, visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog.

For the fabric used in this quilt, here are links:

Ombre Bloom dessert roll

Background fabric

“I Smell Children” Doormat with Cricut Explore Air 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Late last month I received a fun, new addition to our home. We have had so much fun getting to know and use our new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. I have never used any sort of cutting machine before and it has really exceeded my expectations. I look forward to sharing projects in the future that work into the wheelhouse of sewing and quilting. Did you know you can use fabric that has been bonded and cut out shapes that way? Heat n bond lite is my usual go-to and I can’t even imagine how nice it will be to not have to cut out shapes by hand any more.

The first thing that I noticed about the Explore Air 2 is that it is very well thought out. Cricut has included everything you need to make a little sample project as you are setting up your machine for the first time. I love that this gives you the flexibility to test out the machine on something that you aren’t 100% emotionally committed to. If it goes wrong (which it won’t!) then it isn’t something you’ve spent money in materials to make.

For my first project, I wanted to make something for Halloween. I have loved paying a bit of attention to my front porch this past year and thought I’d make a new doormat. I found many, many wonderful existing tutorials on the “how to’s” of the actual stenciling and cutting out existing cricut designs, but I wanted a nod to a classic 90’s Halloween movie.

My husband helped me by creating a file I could use to cut out “I SMELL CHILDREN”. Once we had the file made, I found the Cricut Explore Air 2 to be very, very easy and straightforward to use. We used the weeding tools to peel out the letters, and then I followed the instructions I found on Everyday Jenny’s site.

I dont imagine this will be my last doormat. I LOVED making it and was giddy as I peeled off my template. Can you imagine how fun it would be to make one for every season or major holiday? For a $10 blank mat (I found mine at a popular orange colored home improvement store), your time, and your existing cricut machine, it makes a perfect porch refresh project.