It’s fall sewing central around here! If you remember the fabric pull from my previous weekly update post, I’ve stitched up all of that fabric into a patchwork quilt, a matching pillow, and a mug rug. I don’t know if I’m done yet or not. I still feel the fall spirit so I’ll keep going until I can’t stand it any more. Above is a corner of the mug rug – it’s about 10″ square. I had to do a little styling to see how I can use it in the upcoming weeks. I just need a cup of pumpkin tea to top it all off. Maybe a pumpkin muffin. I made some of the absolute best (3 ingredient) pumpkin muffins this week, but I’ll save that for my weekly recap post this weekend.
I planned on making two pillows, but my enthusiasm waned, and I didn’t cut enough squares due to a math error, so I just made this one. It’s about 16 in. square. The back of the pillow is a simple envelope closure using the same fabric as the quilt binding. You can see it in a picture farther down. I thought about adding a crochet edge, but I think it might be too much?
I arranged and pieced the top in one day, which is a lot for me. I did a little something different with the backing of this throw. Instead of ordering four yards of fabric plus picking up more batting (which would be at least $50-60 for all that), I used a trick from my friend Janet and backed it with a fuzzy throw, skipping the batting. I used this exact throw blanket from Amazon. I chose the cream color because I wasn’t sure if the camel color would be the right shade of brown.
There was a clickable discount option that made it approx $15 for a 50×60 in. size, the exact measurements of my quilt. The sizing turned out perfect. There were about a million different fuzzy throws on Amazon, but I skipped the ones that had reviews that said “too thin- ripped easily” or “throw is smaller than stated size.” I would have paid more for better quality, but the more expensive ones had troublesome reviews, too.
I’m happy with the quality of the fuzzy throw so far, although I haven’t washed it yet. Instead of tying the quilt, I used a button-attaching stitch on my machine to tack together the top and blanket in regular intervals around the quilt. This programmed stitch is basically a zigzag in place (dropped feed dogs, so the fabric doesn’t move) about 8 times and then a finishing stay stitch. They are almost invisible. Here is a messy picture, but you can see the cream backing:
It’s not a shaggy blanket, more of a soft fuzzy texture. It’s plenty warm. I’ve already used it while reading, and I had to wrestle the dogs for it. They love a soft blanket. I hope it gets cold enough to use it more often, haha!
That’s all. Please ask if you have any questions. Tell me if you have any fall sewing planned! <3, CH
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