The centerpiece of our recently completed finishing weekend was Seattle Leslie’s blanket.
Or rather, her sister-in-law’s partial blanket. Intended as a wedding present for a son, it was handed to Leslie as a pile of red, green and cream rectangles after Leslie made the strategic error of saying she’d finish it up when her sister-in-law hit a time crunch.
So Seattle Leslie’s big goal for the weekend was to get all those squares sewn together. And hey, Portland Leslie and Paige like (don’t hate) seaming. So while I spun and embroidered, the three of them sewed many rectangles together. Some of those rectangles were rather rough, and the sizes were more “identical” than identical, but they plowed through, and the blanket grew.
So did the doubts about the back and edges. They just did not look good, and no one was happy about it as an intended-to-be-cherished wedding gift.
Which is when we came up with the idea to add a fabric backing, to treat it as a quilt and hide all those uneven edges and knots and yarn ends in the middle of a yarn and flannel sandwich.
Leslie and I hit the nearest fabric store Saturday evening, where I promptly freaked out at the thought of paying $15 a yard for flannel – it isn’t woven with real gold thread! it’s freaking flannel! – and dragged her to JoAnn’s where the magic of sales and phone coupons turned the $75 price for backing at the first store into $18.
And it was a lovely soft and cuddly flannel after its trip through the washer and dryer for pre-shrinking.
We seamed to get a wide enough piece, then spread it out on the floor for pinning and folding. We cut it about two inches wider all around, then folded in the fabric edge and folded that over the blanket edge.
I zig-zag stitched all around to anchor the binding, and we all took turns knotting yarn through the intersections of knit rectangles to finish it off.
Leslie was so happy to have it done and without having to crochet edges or worry about the back. We were all pretty happy with the finished blanket, and I am pretty sure I’m going to make one of my own someday.