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« on: October 21, 2012 04:08:47 PM »

After seeing this awesome creation http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384006.0 , I decided that my daughter needed her own version. After scouring the thrift stores for a while, I came up with eight different sheets to use. I wound up using another for the backing and another for the binding. This being my first "quilt" (I am reluctant to use that term, acknowledging the AMAZING real quilts that I know people are capable of creating), I do not have the proper skills or tools to do it the "right" way, so I did it The Cankle Way hahah! I used one of my daughter's blocks to trace squares out of the sheets, cut them out--by hand! No fancy, time and arthritis saving tools here!--and then, because I was afraid that maybe the sheets wouldn't hold up so well over time, I ironed on interfacing. And then cut them out again. (Don't judge me for making sooooo much extra work for myself! Okay, go ahead and judge, I deserve it.) Here are all of my squares stacked up:

And here they are all laid out in the pattern I finally decided on:

I sewed all the squares together, realizing how important a little thing called "accuracy" is in quilting. Very few of my blocks line up, but I quickly decided that it added to the overall charm. Right? Well, lemme tell you, this quilt is et UP with charm! And that was as far as I got in this project for almost a year. Almost a year, it sat in my craft closet, haunting me...until finally, I had had enough of sitting around, not doing anything about my unfinished projects (there's a few in there, waiting for some attention...). I pinned like crazy (still wasn't enough, more charm!) and sewed the top to the back with a cozy wooly blanket in between. Then I set about making over 60 feet of binding one weekend when my daughter was at Grandma's. Note: it might not be advisable to drink vodka while attempting to iron up binding because it is entirely possible that you just might knock the iron onto the floor and burn the rug. Here's my 60+ feet of Rug Burning Binding:

Finally, I hand-sewed the binding and voila! I was finally done! One twin-sized, full of CHARM quilty blanket for my daugher.

10 vintage sheets from the thrift store: $20
Interfacing: $20
Cutting all of it by hand: arthritis
Ruined rug: $75
Vodka: $15
Daughter preferring her Dora the Explorer blanket: priceless
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012 04:22:30 PM »

Oh it's lovely! It looks so soft and cuddly too! You did an amazing job  Smiley Thanks for sharing the quilt and your story  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012 04:35:31 PM »

I giggled all the way through your story!  It was very CHARMing!  Thanks for sharing and giving me a chuckle!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012 05:41:55 PM »

It came out great even with all the challenges!
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012 09:46:35 PM »

Your story is completely charming and I love the "quick-results-list " at the end- I'm still giggling- and the quilt does look really vintage, like something grandmother made Grin Very charming Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2012 12:54:31 AM »

LOL - love the backstory, and yes, that QUILT is VERY CHARMING, and if she prefers Dora, you can ship it my way Cheesy

PS, much better to sacrifice the rug than to have a nice binding formed iron burn on the top of the foot, with a free side dish of broken toe Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2012 06:02:15 PM »

Haha. Awesome  Cheesy This sounds like one of my crafting misadventures. The finished product is lovely, though. I have a stack of sheets in my closet that someday, maybe, will be turned into one of these as well. I'll sub the vodka for wine though Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2012 07:41:33 PM »

When my youngest was born I purchased some prettily patterned polar fleece to make something (I forget what) for her, but she found the polar fleece in the shopping bag, snaffled it, and toddled around holding onto it, refusing to let go. I made the best of things by saying "Mummy made you a blanket" (heh heh). All the appreciation for doing nothing... but your genuinely-full-of-effort piece will be much more highly valued as your daughter grows up. It looks wonderful and long after Dora has been discarded as too babyish this will be treasured.
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2012 12:10:11 AM »

It's magnificent... and so's your story of making it.  You're a very good sport!
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2012 08:45:20 PM »

What a CHARMing story about a CHARMing quilt.  It looks beautiful, and I and sure it will outlive Dora.
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