I'm whipping up a drag-around blanket for Charlotte. She's getting pretty attached to a thread-bare quilt I made in high school and I can't have that, can I? Not with a bunch of Freshcut in my shelves.
I'm not doing anything elaborate. Just a big piece of this fabric, with a couple of borders around the edge. The goal is soft. Soft, soft. So, the fewer seams the better and it must be tied or loosely quilted. Otherwise, I'll never get her to make the switch. I'll do a trickier, pieced quilt next, but for now I'm all about replacing that other blanket. If I can happily toss this one in the washing machine when needed, with no guilt, then it's just right. It does have a fun bias ruffle for a border though. You'll see. It keeps the blanket from looking too much like the cheater quilt that it is. Oops, did I say that? Cheater quilts are great. And crazy-big prints make cheater quilts easy.
So, then Elijah caught on and decided to make Charlotte a doll blanket as his first attempt at the sewing machine. His design. His stitching. No quicky, drag-around blanket like mom's either. This one would have a tricky, pieced border. And, wow, he did a pretty amazing job of it. I only babysat that first row of stitching and all of the cutting. He kept his seam allowances in check and hung in there until the top was pieced. It looks like he's ready to expand beyond hand-stitching. Lego skills come in handy.