Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bandana Quilt

I was walking through Walmart one day and I passed by an end cap that made me come to a halt. AIR BREAKS!!!! "What are these wonderful things?" I thought to myself. 
They were bandanas for $0.99. The first thing that popped into my head was, "A quilt!!! I can make a fast and easy quilt out of these!!! And look, they are only 99 cents!!!" So I grabbed a few, ok eight to be exact. Then I went on my merry way.

A couple of days later I was in Jo-Anne's Fabrics and I knew somewhere they too had bandanas. I found them. They were a little more than Walmart but I got a couple, I was a good girl and only got three.  But then I caved and went back to Walmart and picked up a few more 99 cent bandanas.

I brought my treasures home and pulled out my bandana stash. I opened up one and discovered, to my delight it was a perfect 18" square. Now that is really going to make an easy, fast, large quilt. Let's try it out.

So I designed a very simple 12 block quilt top with my 18" square bandanas. It's perfect for a beginner and fast for those in need of a gift in a hurry.

Bandanas I purchased for 99 cents. They are 18" squares
Reaarange the bandanas how you want. I did 3 across and 4 down, a total of 12 blocks.

I sewed three bandanas into a row. Repeat 3 more times.
Some bandanas are shorter than others by just a tad. Don't worry it won't
make a bit of difference once you put the backing on. 
(Bremley, the quilting kitty, testing the quilt top)

"MMMm I think this will do just fine for me to snuggle under"

This bed is our queen size bed. So you can see it makes a pretty good size quilt.
This is just the quilt top, the backing has not been attached yet.

The quilt back. I purchased about 3yrds of my most favorite
fleece. Hint: Fleece, off the bolt is between 48"-60" wide. Most fabrics are 44" wide)
I sewed the quilt top and backing right sides together and 1/4" seam allowance all away around. I did leave an opening so I can turn the quilt inside out. This technique is called turning the quilt. I'll add the photo of the finished quilt tomorrow.
Ok so I took longer than "tomorrow" to post the pictures of my finished bandana quilt.  I had given it to one of my best friends for a Christmas present and forgot to take pictures of the finished product. I was over at her house babysitting her children and took some photos of her quilt while I was there. Smart, wasn't I?

Completed Bandana Quilt. It's loved by my dear
friend, Beth and gets borrowed by her hubby and 3 boys.
It has really surpassed the quilt loving test!!!! A+

The back of the Bandana Quilt or could be used as the front.
Whichever side Beth decides she wants showing at just that moment of