Scrappy Minky Blanket

This week has found me with my hands in a few different pies (pun intended).

I was trying to use up some really old scrap squares that have been sitting around for about 7 years. The kids and I sewed them into rows and pieced together a really simple quilt top. I pieced a couple minky remnants from other blankets and we had our backing. I like how bright and cheery the quilt top is. I quilted it with a simple grid pattern.

The entire quilt was made using fabric/batting/binding I had in my stash (I love an all stash quilt making almost as much as I love buying fabric.)

I’ve had the occasion to sew with minky quite a few times in the past 8 months. I was pretty intimidated by the reputation it has for shifting around while quilting and stretching. I’ve made two receiving blankets backed with minky as well as two quilts recently and I’ve become a bit more comfortable with it. One thing I’ve learned is to use a basting spray and to carefully stay stitch around the edge of the quilt – this holds the layers together. For the binding, to reduce bulk, I used a zig zag and finished the outer edge of the quilt after attaching the binding, but before flipping it to the back side. It worked really well.

This blanket was intended for a general use, family blanket/picnic blanket/beach blanket, but I think a certain son of mine has adopted it. I’ve already found him cuddled up on the floor sleeping on it.
This week, the same little man spent a bit of time practicing his sewing in a straight line.
They aren’t quilts, but yesterday, I baked 5 pies for a family event. I love summer fruit! Two more are being made today with the rest of the pie crust.

The pie above is a fantastic recipe called “Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie“. The brown on top is caramel that has been drizzled over the lattice and baked that way. Mmm… so yummy. Yesterday’s version needed to be tested, so we are making a fresh one for the “do” tonight.

And it wouldn’t be summer without a fresh peach pie.
I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.
Happy crafting!

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