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Nov 15

Baby Quilts Using Your Minky Scraps! (129, 130, 131)

Lately, I have been making a lot of quilts using minky (plush cuddle fabric–polyester), and so I have found myself with a lot of large panels of minky scraps.  My children wanted to have them to string through the trees, wrap around their bodies, and otherwise litter the neighborhood, but something inside me said, “You can use these later.  Save them.”  So I did.


The thought of using minky as a scrap project was daunting.  Minky stretches.  The edges curl under.  It doesn’t keep it’s shape.  It is slippery.  The only thing that has allowed me to use it as a backing is SPRAY BASTE and pin basting on top of that spray basting.  But, how was I to do that when I was just sewing two slabs of Minky together (or squares, because I was considering making a patchwork quilt with it)?


So, I decided to go for it, using slabs of minky and sewing them onto a pre-basted fabric/batting combo.  Here are the results:


scrap minky quilts

The overall process was pretty easy.  I’ll show you how I made mine, and then give you some tips on what might work better.  😉

I first secured the cotton fabric to the ground so that I could baste it to the batting.  Honestly, perhaps securing the batting to the ground and then basting the cotton print to the batting is probably better, but that is just so you can avoid that large crease down the center of the fabric.  But, either way.  This fabric is 1 1/2 yards of fabric, and it is the whole width of the fabric.  I chose a large print to give variety to the quilt, since on the side it would have large lines of color.

Here is an easy tutorial on how to make a scrap minky quilt


The next step involves spray baste.  Basically, you spray baste the batting to the wrong side of the fabric (or baste the fabric to the batting), and then set your batting/fabric panel aside.  I always spray baste outside, even in 40 degree weather.   Look at your spray baste directions for further instructions and warning.

How to make a scrap minky baby quilt



The next step is to prep your minky.  I straightened the edges of the minky using my rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.  I suggest cutting the selvage from the minky since it looks and lays differently than the rest of the minky.  I hid some of my selvages in the seams of my first one, but if I were to do it again, I would have cut off all of the selvages.


I wanted the nap of my minky to all be in the same direction.  So, I sorted by the direction of the nap.  The nap runs the same direction as the selvage, so depending on how the scrap was cut (cut parallel to the selvage or from selvage to selvage), the nap will be different.  Below is a picture of the minky when I rubbed my hand against the nap.  So the dark pink and the light pink have the nap going in the same direction.


minky how to tutorial scrap quilt


Spray baste your first minky panel to the batting side of your batting/fabric panel.  Try to get this piece as straight as you can.  Also, make sure to pull it taut, so that it is stretched out a little.  Minky tends to stretch when it is sewn, so this will make sure the stretch is consistent throughout the minky and reduces the “baggy look” after you wash it.  Next, pin the adjacent fabric panels to the center panel.   I did not pin the panels to the baby girl quilt, but I did pin the panels to the boy quilt, and I think it makes a big difference.

scrappy minky girl quilt

Here is the back of the quilt that I did not pin the minky panels before sewing.

minky scrappy boy quilt

Here is the quilt where I did pin the minky panels before sewing.


Now, it is time to sew.  I recommend at least a 1/2 inch seam as you sew the minky down.  Remember that you are quilting through the fabric/batting panel as you sew the minky to it, so be conscious of your thread choice for your bobbin.  You want it to match your cotton print.


hints tutorial scrap minky quilt baby


When the next minky panels (flanking the center panel) are sewn into place, I recommend spray basting them to the batting.  Then, find two more panels to add to either side, pin, sew, baste, and repeat until the batting/fabric panel is covered with minky strips.  Remember to read your batting’s quilting instructions to make sure your panel distance is adequate enough for the batting’s quilting requirements.


scrap minky quilt how to


The quilt above is the one I did without pinning (and I tried to hide the selvages in the seams).  Even with all of mistakes, it still didn’t look too bad.  I did a much better job on the other two.

From here, square off the edges of the fabric, and add binding.  I machine bound mine, so I sew the binding (2 1/2 inches folded double) to the minky side first, then top stitch the folded edge to the cotton print side.

minky scrap boy quilt


And now you have a soft, lightly quilted, very cuddly baby quilt that can be finished in about 1 1/2 hours.


scrappy minky quilts

scrap minky quilts

Enjoy working with your minky scraps!  These quilts are about 36 by 48 inches.  Thanks for stopping by!



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Dec 13

Dolce Star and House Collection quilts (80, 81, & 82)

I was running a little low on baby girl quilts, so I thought I would make a few.   Two of these are of the same design, and the middle one is a simple square quilt.

Ten Quilts ago, I had made a quilt using Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric.  I had a pile of “scraps” left from that quilt, and so I thought I would make a couple of baby quilts.

Dolce Stars quilt II

Dolce Stars II


I wanted to separate the large designs in the Dolce line with something, and so I came up with these scrappy looking wonky stars.  These stars are made from solids in my scraps and also some coordinating colors from a couple of stacks of Kona Charms, which I now consider a necessity in any quilter’s stash.  They are tiny and were hard to make, but I love the effect!

Dolce fabric quilt

After making the two quilt tops, I had a few extra stars.  I added a row of them to the back of one of the quilts.

Lizzie collection quilt back

The two large panels on this quilt are from Anna Griffin’s Lizzie Collection.  They are the same design, but one in a light blue, and one in a celery green.  The other Dolce Stars Quilt uses the blue as the back.  They are both bound with Kona Robin’s Egg blue.

My other quilt was a way for me to take a mental break with quilting.  I needed to make something simple.  Thus, a simple square quilt.

It is made with Annette Tatum’s House collection fabric.  At first, this collection seems to be a bunch of random fabrics jumbled together, but I really like the effect.  It’s like having a quilt made from my stash, only I don’t need a stash.

Annette Tatum's House collection used in a quilt

 I love the soft colors, and the gentle designs of these fabrics.  I think it makes a quaint little baby girl quilt.  The back uses the same Lizzie Collection celery green as found in the Dolce Star’s quilt.  It is also bound in Kona Robin Egg.

The Dolce Stars quilts were 38.5 inches x 40 inches before washing, 36 inches by 37.5 inches after washing.

The House Collection quilt was 40 inches by 48 inches before washing, 38 inches by 45.5 after washing.

It feels great to have these done.  Baby quilts are such a great change from twin quilts.  Thanks for stopping by!


May 11

Scrappy boy quilt with 2.5 inch squares complete! (62)

I am linking up to Lee’s “Work in progress” post.

1)  These past two weeks have been fun sewing weeks.  Last time, I had finished a scrappy girl quilt, and said that I had the squares cut out to make a boy one just like it.  Well, I finished it, so here they are, in a side by side comparison…

The girl version of the scrappy quilt

The completed boy version of the scrappy quilt.

And, here are the quilt backs, to see another way I changed things up a bit.

The back of the scrappy girl quilt.

The back of the scrappy boy quilt.

I decided to use a bright blue for the binding.  I love how it frames the dark expresso color.

I had used free motion meandering for the girl scrappy quilt, but then I decided to try a more geometric pattern with the boy one.  So, I did a grid pattern.   After washing and drying, it measured 37.5 inches by 47.5 inches.  It will be a gift to a family that is pregnant with their first baby boy.


2)  I was also able to piece the entire top to the pirate boat quilt, and I also made a lot of progress for the back.


Pirate boat quilt top.

This quilt will be given to my kid’s teacher, who LOVES pirates.  I couldn’t quilt do super fancy pirate boats, but I hope she still appreciates it.  I worked on the back as well, and I am hoping to have this thing finished by this weekend!  (The quilt back has the kids names on it, but for privacy’s sake, I blurred them out.  So don’t worry, it didn’t bleed!)

3)  I still need to find the perfect backing for my string quilt…

4) Bursting star quilt–no progress.

5) Diamond boy quilt–no progress


So, one quilt complete, four still in progress.

Thanks for visiting!



Mar 17

Nature Path Quilts (55 and 56)

I finished two baby boy quilts.  And I even used floral fabrics!


These quilts were very easy to make.  I cut 3.5 x 5.5 inch blocks and 3.5 x 2 inch blocks from a few (somewhat) neutral solid fabrics, and I cut 3.5 x 3.5 and 2 x 5.5 inch blocks from a variety of patterned fabrics.  In my case, I used fabrics that remind me of nature (florals, leaves, swirls, damask).





After sewing them into this design, I knew right away that I wanted to do straight line quilting.


I think the straight line quilting adds to the masculinity of this quilt.


And, of course, I had to do the gray binding.


I named these quilts “Nature Path” because of the organic-looking fabric organized with neutrals in a pattern that resembles pavers on a pathway.    I wish I could be on a cute path in the woods right now!


I chose a Michael Miller fabric (I believe it is called “Esther”) for the backing of both quilts.


Michael Miller Ester fabric used as a quilt backing


I think I have discovered that I love a backing that pops.


scrappy boy quilt front and back

These quilts were 41 inches x 40 inches before washing, 38 inches x 39 inches after.

Oh, and another fun thing.  “Ugly Fabric, Awesome Quilt” reared it’s ugly head at a church activity, as the backdrop of a pioneer display.  I love that quilt. 🙂



Jan 26

String Quilt Complete (49) and Making baby quilts from scraps.

Two weeks ago, for Cheryl’s (Naptime Quilter’s) Workshop in progress, I asked two questions.  The first was what color should I use to bind my string quilt.

After looking at all of the opinions, and looking at the binding fabric next to the quilt…

String quilt with white binding

White binding

Green Binding for string quilt

Green Binding

Blue binding with string quilt

Blue Binding

Gray Binding on a string quilt

Gray Binding

I decided that I liked the darker fabrics better (gray and blue) but since there was so much blue in the quilt, I chose the gray.  Looking back, that is exactly what Cheryl suggested.  If I  had dark purple, though, I think that would probably have been my best choice, but I wanted to  use what I already had.  I like it a lot.

The winner! Gray!

So, here is the final string quilt.

Finished string quilt front

Backing for my string quilt

String Quilt Back

This quilt measured 95 inches x 71 inches before washing, and 91.5 x 67.5 after washing.  WE LOVE IT!

My second question that I posed out to blog land is what I should do with these scraps…

I cut some 5.5 x 5.5 inch squares from the large pieces, but I had so many smaller pieces left over, so I made a few quilts.

With the long strips 3 inches wide, I strip pieced them with 3 inch strips of white, and then cut them into 5.5 inch squares.

I had enough of these squares to make one baby quilt top.

Then, I took the smaller scraps and made scrappy squares within squares.

Since I had some small scraps and some larger scraps, I chose to make the squares inside the squares various sizes.

Since I already did the math, here are the measurements (If you don’t want these, then skip to the next picture):

To get a 1 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric:1.5 x 1.5
  • Border fabric: 2 pieces of 1.5 x 2.5 , 2 pieces of 2.5 x 5.5

To get a 1.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2 x 2
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.25, 2 pieces of 2.25 x 5.5

To get a 2 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2.5 x 2.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.5, 2 pieces of 2 x 5.5

To get a 2.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 x 3
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3 x 1.75, 2 pieces of 1.75 x 5.5

To get a 3 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 .5 x 3.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3.5 x 1.5, 2 pieces of 1.5 x 5.5

To get a 3.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 4 x 4
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 4  x 1.25, 2 pieces of 1.25 x 5.5

I framed them in .75 inch white fabric squares, and then sashed them with 2 inches of green fabric.  This is the resulting quilt top.

Then, with the scraps of my scraps’ scraps, I did some wonky corners on some white squares.

I have seen butterfly quilts (here ) where they put the triangles on two of the corners on opposite sides.  While I liked how that looked, I wanted mine to be more random.  So, I chose to make some squares with three corner triangles, some with one corner triangles, and some with two corner triangles.  I didn’t want to do any with four corner triangles, because they looked too much like wonky stars.

Here is the resulting quilt top.  I love it!

Now I just have to think of some awesome backs….

Edit to add:  I finished the modern butterfly quilt just now.  But, I still have the other two that are backless.