Sunday, February 27, 2011
a friend from one of my book clubs is having a baby very soon and for her shower i whipped up this lovely little receiving blanket. the guidelines (and i do mean guidelines, there is no real pattern) are from anna maria horner and i used her folksy flannel for one side and little folks voile for the other.
flannel + voile = super cozy softness.
i even bound it in a solid voile, which freaked me out a bit. it was my first time making bias binding and boy, i did not like it. obviously, i love the rounded corners and the overall effect and how easily the bias-cut binding curves into place. but cutting the strips out from slippery voile, which is also wider than standard quilting cottons, and then piecing them together to make binding, well... it kind of broke my brain.
also, i will admit, i am not a fan of cutting large pieces of fabric. i could sit around all day and cut thousands of 1-inch squares quite happily, but cutting one 36 x 36" piece of fabric made me want to jam a rotary cutter in my skull. if anyone has tips on how to make this process easier, please do tell.
and though i just complained more than i should have, i still want to make a bunch more of these. (and maybe if i keep making bias binding over and over and if i keep practicing cutting large pieces i will get better and in no time, i will be a pro and then i will stop complaining about these things!) they are so soft and sweet and the perfect size for a new baby. i have a few large cuts of some beautiful cotton lawn that will also pair nicely with the folksy flannels, so i can see making at least a few more of these receiving blankets for my own little snowdrop in the coming weeks.