Have you guys had a good look at the date today? 12/12/12 Indeed its the last triple sequence date you and I will ever see! So what to post on this special date? I tutorial on how to make a comfy quilt? Okay here it goes,
A while ago Martha Stewart Living magazine had an article about using bandanna's in the house and I thought wouldn't a bandanna quilt be a lovely thing to have, last week I finally came round to making one.
I ordered a couple of bandanna's of Ebay, unfortunately when they arrived I noticed the blue was very dark and didn't go with the grey and white. Not to worry you can always lighten colours with a bleach bath. Just mix water and bleach in a bucket 1part bleach to 10 parts water and let sit for a few minutes, the bandanna's all changed colours in different ways and different times, One even didn't change at all!
The result, some lovely vintage looking bandanna's. After the bleach bath was the fabric in the machine on a short cycle to make sure all the bleach has gone.
(as you can see I put in a different fabric with the bandanna' as well, why waste your bleach ;)
Iron your bandanna's and lay them out to make a nice colour pattern. As you can see I had some help from Kermit the dog :)
Now you are ready to start sewing, first off all make the horizontal strips. Pin the sides of the bandanna's together and sew. Iron the seams open otherwise your quilt will get lumps and bumps.
Even though my bandanna's all came from the same shop they still differr in size big time, keep an eye on that otherwise you'll get a wonky end result.
Once your horizontal strips are done, you can pin them all together to make your quilt. Once again iron open the seams. Cut your wadding to the same size of your quilt and prepare the backing. I used a plain white sheet. Your backing has to be bigger then the quilt as this will also make the borders. Put your backing down with the wadding on top, topped by the quilt. Fold the backing over twice to make the border, fold the corners neatly and pin. Stitch the border.
Now you can make the decorative stitches, I followed the squares on the bandanna's the get the quilted effect. But you could free style as well.
So there you go a very easy to make but lovely bandanna quilt!!
Once again mister Kermit didn't want to move, maybe proof the quilt is very comfy ;)