Oct 13 2007

quilt for jocelyn

Published by at 9:54 pm under crafty,daily,kids,likes & irks

um…. I guess I am giving myself another hole in the head.

Because I wanna make a quilt for Jocelyn! Wheeee!! It all started because Ethan has a very thick, flannel blanket, that he calls his “warm blankey.” It’s very simple, just 2 pieces of flanel sewn together with a very very thick batting in between, not even quilted, just tied off with yarn.

Jocelyn is not so good with keeping the blankies on her. She just seems to run a little hot (gets hot easily), while Ethan runs cool and loves to be WARM (this is the boy who wanted to wear long sleeves in JULY). So she often kicks off the blankets in the night, and while that was fine in the summer, it’s getting colder now, and this morning when she climbed into bed with us her poor little limbs were so chilly.

I’ve tried to teach her how to sit up and pull her blankets over her in the night if she’s cold, but whenever I check on her, she is always curled up into a little ball with nary a blankey in sight.

So I thought I’d make her a big warm blanket similar to Ethan’s, only bigger, so that it falls over the sides of her bed (harder for her to wiggle out of!)

She requested “Pink, mommy. Pink.”

So I must oblige! I had a fabric in my stash that I just love love love and bought with the intention of making a blanket for her with “someday” .. well, today seems to be someday! Hmm.. but it’s not flannel.

Well, no matter, I’ll just make it nice and thick and warm, doesn’t have to be flannel for that, right? I got to thinking how to use this fabric and thought that a simple quilt with square blocks would be just the thing, maybe some more pinks and a couple greens to set it off – what could be sweeter than pink and green?

Here are the fabrics I bought today, along with the one I already had (the first one), piled onto my scanner. The top two are making me crazy with love. All of them really, but those two especially:


I mapped a sample out just to get an idea of what it would look like — the squares aren’t super representative of what it would look in an actual quilt, since in the picture, the fabric squares are actually only about 2 inches of fabric when in actuality the squares would be double or triple that, so the pattern is kind of missing … but it’s enough to give you the idea.

quilt mock up

I’m loving the pink and green. Maybe a white fabric to toss in very sparsely as well would look good?

So I was thinking about the finished product, and I am not pre-washing any of the fabrics, as I am hoping it will shrink up and give it that nice, puckered vintage feel — but to get that, it will have to be quilted, not tied off (like Ethan’s is) and will need a thinner batting (rather than the super thick warm batting Ethan’s has)…

Wait a second here..

original idea:

  • quick,
  • tied off,
  • thick,
  • warm,
  • flannel,
  • big.

Um… project has morphed into:

  • quick pieced squares,
  • tied off quilted, maybe even machine quilted,
  • thick, thin and puckery/vintagey
  • warm — thin can still be warm!,
  • flannel quilting cotten,
  • big.


Well, I don’t care. It’s going to be fabulous!

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “quilt for jocelyn”

  1. annaon 14 Oct 2007 at 12:33 pm

    It will be beautiful. I can’t wait to see the finished result! One of the best things about square pieced quilts is that you can sew them up however you want. No tricky designs to consider. You can always use a slightly heavier fabric for your back. You could also use wool batting for added warmth, but that means you can’t just throw it in the washing machine when it needs cleaned.

    Here’s a great site that has plenty of information about batting. http://www.fabriclandwest.com/quilters%20corner/choose_batt.htm

    If you aren’t sure if your machine can handle quilting through the batting and fabrics, I’m sure there is a shop in your area that will quilt it for you.

    Good luck!

  2. Heatheron 14 Oct 2007 at 9:29 pm

    I love the pink and green, your fabric choices are adorable! You can always use flannel for the backing.