Forest Friends Flannel is now being shipped to our customers and will be available any day now. As such, we’re in high gear with project ideas and tutorials and low on time. I whipped this quilt up in a day. Just like my other “day quilt“, it’s fast and easy and the results are very satisfying. I didn’t have time to draw out lots of diagrams and did not take pictures along the way (I know I know! I’m a bad tutorializer today!), so I’m sending you over to my other blog for specifics and details on some of the finer points of making this primarily hand tied quilt. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
This cuddly dense quilt measures 36″ x 45″. As far as piecing it’s pretty simple to make, and there’s quite a bit of room for creative license. I quilted entirely by hand- and it was not as laborious as it seems… most of the center (the owl fabric) is tied and not stitched. I did not use binding- instead I used the backing fabric wrapped around to the front. You can see all the detail in photos on how I make this quilt through this post on how to make a simple tied quilt.
This quilt comprises of
1 yd G’nite Owls in Sky1/3 yd Crumbs in Grass1/3 yd Crumbs in Earth1 2/3 yd Solid Sky* these measurements are generous- you will probably have enough left over to make a small pillow. Maybe two!batting at least 36″ x 45″embroidery floss 1 skien matching brown for binding, 1 skien matching green for inner details
Please note that all pieces have 1/2″ seam allowance because flannel tends to fray. When pressing seams, it’s best to press them OPEN (vs. all to one side). Flannel is fairly thick and it will lay nicer as well as be easier to stitch through.
1. PREWASH fabric! Given its open weave, flannel can shrink a bit- it can also shrink at slightly different percentages… so if you want a quilt that won’t pucker unevenly, it’s best to do this first step. For best results, wash in cold water with mild detergent and dry in hottest cotton setting on dryer. This will snug up the weave and will soften the printed surface.
2. Cut pieces as shown in diagram below.
3. Starting at one end of the quilt, piece the fabrics together, using that 1/2″ seam allowance, in the order shown.*best to use finer spaced stitches. I set my machine to 3. Using wider stitches can create loose seams.
4. Press open all seams.
5. Lay your quilt batting out on a large surface and smooth out wrinkles.