Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dish Towel Quilt??

One of the little boys I take care of, Haiden is turning 2 in June... His favorite song to sing is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star... When ever we are in Walmart's fabric department we see these star fabric fat quarters... It ALWAYS brings on several rounds of Twinkle, Twinkle... So that inspired the quilt, I asked him if he wanted Jenny to make him a star blanket... He said, "Oh YES!".... With three fat quarters and 5 inch squares I made the top, I then cut green stars out of fleece and since I am not a fan of "ties" on quilts and I don't have a quilting machine, I do the next best thing... Sew something to attach front to back and batting...
Then came the dilemma, I didn't have any coordinating fabric for the back, I hadn't planned on finishing the top so quickly, but I did have a three pack of flour sack dish towels I bought on clearance in my fabric cabinet, I knew I would use them for sewing, and the colors ended up being PERFECT for the quilt, I cut three strips {one from each towel}, and sewed them together for my backing...

I love the back as much as the front!!




16 comments:

Jes said...

ummm....LOVE! you are such a clever gal....i NEVER would've thought of that. :)

Lorie said...

So cute! I love it.

I have plans to do something similar...with hearts...but just have to motivate myself to get my other jobs finished up first!

Roxanne said...

Oh my gosh that is sooo cute!!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

It looks like the flag of Italy or is that Ireland? :) (the back) I love it!

Elise said...

That is so stinkin' cute!! The back reminds me of some country's flag...
Great, great, great!!
Elise

Cheryl B. said...

I started hand stich quilting via a class when I was pregnant with our first son. When I had four sons under the age of 6 1/2 I put it on hold - one little piece mising could ruin a whole project and really set mommie off. I was ever so glad I wasn't a pioneer woman who HAD to make quilts for her family!!
Our first grandchild will arive with in the next two weeks and I decided I wanted to make her a quilt - but we've also had a 70% decrease in salery since the first of the year . . . so I hit the Salvation Army and Goodwill Stores ;-} Cotton pj pants,ladies and mens shirts, ladies skirts . . . found wonderful fabris - so I now have a variety of contrasting combinations for the two fabriced pattern I'm using - all at wonderful prices - and lots left over for future projects (or grand children).
Isin't being creative FUN?!!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Jen- You are amazing, Sweetie! But we all know that.:) That is the cutest quilt and sweet Haiden is going to always remember you and "sweet stars". Precious! Lori

Rachel said...

That is so dang cute! I have that very same FQ star fabric from Wally's as well. Now I think I know what to do with it!

:)Rachel

Cat Kotaka said...

My friend Jen makes the cutest blankets with that same concept--except that she uses really cute wash cloths--the ones with cute embellishments sewn on them in the bathroom section at Target on the front. They can be used to put a baby down on in the park or whatever and because the front is made with wash cloths they are so absorbent. I envy creative people!

Joyce said...

Creative and cute and clever. I am quilting and sewing challenged:) so I am in awe of your finished blankie!
Joyce

Cheryl said...

I like to use sheets for the backing of any quilts I make. You can either use solids or fun prints. Walmart has a store brand that runs about $5 dollars for a flat twin sheet-- just thought I'd share that with you :-)
Oh.... by the way-- your quilt is super caute!!
~Cheryl

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Great looking quilt! Did you take a class to learn how to make quilts? The dish towels is a great idea. You know originally that's what people did when they made them, they used what they had! You are so smart! Jackie

Ruth said...

That is an awesome idea. I love the quilt. The idea for the back was great. So smart.
He will love his quilt!!!
Ruth

Molly said...

That is the cutest blanket!!! I'm sure he will love it!! Have a great day!!
~Molly P

Tangee said...

I just LOVE it! How adorable and creative of you.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That is wickedly cool! I love it!