Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Deb" the beach blanket for mama

Day 3- We are on a roll! Sunday is Mothers Day and I have a wonderful mama! Every year in June she rents a house in the Outer Banks NC and fills it with our family and friends. We have been doing this for over 10 years, probably more like 15. This year being no different, I was excited when I found a pattern for a beach/picnic blanket made from vintage sheets.
I hit the jackpot over the weekend and scored some great old sheets at yard sales. I found a lady who has a whole box of blankets that she's saving for me to pick up on friday so I will be finishing it then.
I got to work during Brielle's nap time. Everlee hung out on the table in a seat while I cut out the pieces and then after a quick snack she fell asleep in the living room while I sewed. I literally just unplugged the iron (that was my last step for today) when she woke up and let me know it was time to be done for the day (3 month olds are so "it's all about me".)
The picture here shows the sewn together pieces that will be the top of the blanket.

I am including the directions for the steps from today....

From Amanda Blake Soule's Handmade Home (I LOVE this book!!)
Beach Blanket to go

Fabric 1: 1-60" x 60" heavyweight fabric for the back (That will be the blanket)
Fabric 2: 10- 30" x 12 1/4" pieces of lightweight fabric for the top (the sheets is what she recommends)
Double fold bias tape: 4- 60" long and 1- 37" long

She says it's an advanced project and should take a weekend. (that's why I am ok with not finishing today)

1. Prepare material - Gather all materials and cut fabric to measurements given above.
2. Piece top - Lay out your 10 pieces of top fabric in two columns of five pieces, placing them as you would like them to appear on the blanket. Sew one column of five pieces together with a 1/4" seam (I totally guessed that she means sew a 1/4" from the edge) allowance between each piece. Repeat this process for second column. Press seams open. Sew the two rows together to create the blanket top. Press the center seam open.

That's all I got done today. I'll give the rest of the steps on Friday when I get the blanket home and can finish.

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