Oh my, I’m in love. A project I stuck to from beginning (on Saturday afternoon) to finish (on Wednesday afternoon), with such a lovely result. Wow!
Sometime, someone whose blog I read posted a link to the cut chenille blanket tutorial on Aesthetic Nest. I thought it was lovely, but as far as my own child goes I was still focused on the upcoming sonogram etc. Now that that is out of the way and we know we’re having a little girl, it’s time to get down to business.
I made this blanket the hard way. That is, I sewed the lines with my ordinary home sewing machine, and then I cut then with my fabric shears. The easier way would have been to have had a quilting frame with horizontal lock (zip! zip! zip!) and a chenille cutting tool, which sadly runs anywhere from $15 to $30 (zip! zip! zip!)
So there was no zipping at all in this project, just several hours of sewing nearly-straight lines and several more hours, spread out over days, of cutting between the lines of stitching. “I don’t think”, I said to myself, “I’ll be making any more chenille blankets.”
Now that it’s out of the dryer, though, I wonder if perhaps I will.
I used solid flannel for the chenille, a Nicey Jane print for the foundation, and Kona cotton for binding. My one mistake in this project? Using a quilting-weight fabric for the blanket’s foundation. If you read Aesthetic Nest’s tutorial carefully, you’ll see that she used a home dec weight fabric, and that was the right thing to do. My blanket’s use is going to be accompanied by a bit of anxiety about how long the foundation fabric will hold up… hers won’t.
Overall, success! I call this an A+ project. I also think that maybe this blankie is mine… if the baby wants one she can make her own. Right?