Knit + Minky Blanket

Chances are if you’re a quilter, the world “blanket” isn’t necessarily one you like. This is one of those instances when this is an actual blanket, and not a quilt being called a blanket. 🙂 I first saw my friend Kristen make a blanket out of knit and minky at a quilt retreat about 2 years ago. I thought she was super brave and there was no way I’d ever be willing to try sewing with such finnicky and stretchy fabric. Fast forward 2 years and it’s funny how that has changed! I’ve become more brave with trying new things and not just sticking to quilts.

To make your own knit + minky blanket, you’ll need:

1 1/2 – 2 yards of stretch knit

1 1/2 – 2 yards of minky

a jersey needle

a walking foot

lots of pins

patience

I used a glorious knit from Riley Blake as well as Riley Blake minky and let me tell you, this is the softest knit and minky in the history of ever. My knit comes from the Under the cCnopy collection by Citrus Mint Designs. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), Riley Blake makes Designer Knits out of select prints from their collections!!! They are so cute and such a fun way to use some favorite prints in a different way.

When you purchase your fabric, make sure you buy the same quantity of the knit as you do of the minky. I did 1.5 yards and ended up with a square about 54″, but if you wanted a rectangle, use 2 yards!

The most non-negotiable thing you need is a jersey needle. I tried sewing with a regular needle and it was NOT pretty. Take the time to head to your local fabric store and buy a package of needles. You will spend less time unpicking than it will take you to do that. Trust me on that one.

Place the right sides of the knit and minky together and profusely pin around the edge. Leave a 10″ hole in one end. Sew using a 1/2″ seam all around the edge, except for your 10″ hole.

Flip the blanket right sides out, then pin the hole closed. You will then topstitch around the edge of the entire perimeter.

That’s it! You’re done! This particular blanket is destined to be a teacher gift for my son’s awesome 2nd grade teacher. I think I see more of these as gifts in my future. I love the ability to make something warm and snuggly without going to the huge time commitment of making a quilt! What’s your go-to teacher gift??

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Jelly Glazed Hearts Tablerunner

Fat Quarter Shop is releasing another fun, free pattern today for this Jelly Glazed Hearts Tablerunner. I thought this was a really unique take on a heart quilt block and I couldn’t get the idea of making a baby quilt out of my head. Since I have really young children, a tablerunner isn’t exactly something that fits into my decor, as it would become messy very quickly. Can any of you relate to that?? 🙂 I rearranged it to become a 4 block baby quilt and it is THE perfect size! This has been gifted to a close family friend for their new little one.

This quilt uses Ombré Bloom by V and Co., which is becoming a favorite of mine. I now have used all of her ombré fabric lines and I really enjoy the finished product of each quilt.

To get the free pattern, visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog.

For the fabric used in this quilt, here are links:

Ombre Bloom dessert roll

Background fabric

Making Car Stickers with Cricut Explore Air 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I am SOOOOO excited to share my latest project that I’ve made with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I’ve been tossing around this idea for literally years, but I never had a way to make it without trying to find someone to manufacture these stickers. I don’t know about you, but I never know what we’re eating for dinner, let alone how to find someone to make stickers for a reasonable cost. 🙂

To make stickers for your own car or window or whatever else, you’ll need the following along with your Cricut machine, mat, and weeding tools:

Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Scraper tool

Windex (to clean off your window)

Paper towels (to clean off your window)

SVG file from my Etsy shop

To begin with, upload the SVG files (one or all of them!) into Cricut Design Space. I resized them down to 3.75″ because that’s what I liked, but you can do it as large or as small as you’d like. That’s the beauty of SVG files, they are easily scalable. Your artboard should look like this:

Don’t forget to weld or attach your shapes or when you click “Make It”, you will have a hot mess and wonder what you’ve done wrong. Since this is going on a window, you do NOT need to mirror your image.

Cut out your shapes. Thankfully this doesn’t take long since the Explore Air 2 is super fast. I was so giddy at this point, I’m not sure I could’ve waited longer than a minute. Also, don’t just haphazardly cut your vinyl with scissors…. or do. Either way it still works.

Next you will need to cut your stickers down to size and weed out the excess vinyl. Use the original file on your Design Space for reference if you aren’t sure what to weed out.

Cut a piece of transfer tape to roughly 4″ square. Peel off the backing, then adhere it to the top of the vinyl. Use your large or small scraper tool to help adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl. This is REALLY, really important to make sure your vinyl transfers perfectly to your car window.

Clean your car window off with windex and a paper towel. I wiped mine down once more with a dry paper towel just to make sure it was clean and dry. Peel off the white backing from the vinyl. If any pieces of your vinyl don’t stick to the transfer tape, it’s ok. Just put the white backing back on, and hit it all again with the scraper tool.

Place the sticker on the window. Use your finger and fingernail to really push the vinyl onto your window. Carefully peel off the transfer tape and voila! You have a custom car sticker.

I LOVE these stickers. It’s kind of like a secret handshake to get into a club. Quilter’s will know you’re a quilter by seeing any of these stickers on your window, but you don’t have to have a sticker that literally says “quilter” on your car. 🙂

This was a really fast project and once you have the required materials, you can bust one of these out in 15 minutes. Wouldn’t they be such fun gifts for quilty friends? You can all have matching car tattoos for your quilting group!