Monday, March 4, 2019

Sensory Play Blanket Tutorial

Monday, March 4, 2019
As Nate is growing and playing with anything that he can get his hands on, it's given me a few ideas on what I can make for him when I can find some time to get into the sewing studio. I went through my stash to find fabrics of various textures to make him this Sensory Play Blanket. 




Sensory Play Blanket - 16" x 18"
Supplies
- 6 pieces of fabric at least 9" by 11" - I used cotton, corduroy, laminated fabric, flannel and Cuddle. All of the fabrics I used for the triangles were designed by Ann Kelle.
- Muslin scrap at least 9" x 11"
- FQ of fabric for backing. I suggest Cuddle or Minky because the softness of this type of fabric adds to the sensory experience.
- 1/4 yard of quilting cotton fabric for binding
- Optional - Violet Craft Seam Roller

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Notes about the supplies:
-I  opted to use the Crinkle Material in only one of the triangle panels. You'll need additional scraps of muslin if you'd like to use it in more than one panel.
- This can be made with any combination of fabrics: 3 flannel + 3 cotton; 2 cuddle, 2 slicker, 2 crinkle; etc. I just used what I had on hand to create the biggest variety of textures that I could.




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How to create a triangle with Crinkle Material

1. Cut a rectangle at 9" x 11" from your main fabric, muslin and crinkle.




2. Layer together with the Crinkle between the 2 layers of fabric.

3. Baste around the three layers together to stabilize them before cutting the triangle.

4. Lay ruler as shown and use a pen to mark the 2 sides where you will eventually cut the triangle.

5. Rotate ruler and align one pen mark under the solid 8 1/2" triangle line and the other pen mark with the top of the ruler. Mark along the right edge with the pen to finish marking all 3 sides.

6. Baste 1/8" inside of the pen marks to secure the fabrics and Crinkle together.

Basting can be seen here.

7. Place the ruler back on top of the pen marks and cut the first 2 sides of the triangle.


8. Rotate the ruler as shown to cut the third side of the triangle.

Now you can use this like any other 8 1/2" triangle cut from the Super Sidekick Ruler.



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How to create a Sensory Play Blanket


1. Cut a 8.5" triangle from each 9" by 11" fabric. Start by trimming the fabric to be 8.5" x 11" and align ruler to top & bottom edges of the strip. Cut along right edge of ruler to trim strip.


2. Flip the ruler over to backside. Align ruler to top and bottom edges of the strip & align the cut edge of the fabric strip with the 8 ½” line. Cut along edge of ruler to complete the triangle.
Note: It can be helpful to use a rotating mat for this step. Alternately you can move the fabric and ruler, but with stretchy fabrics such as Cuddle you risk distorting the fabric by moving it.


3. Repeat to cut a total of 6 triangles from a variety of textured fabrics.

4. Arrange 6 triangles into a hexagon.


5. Sew a pair of triangles together using a 3/8" seam. I suggest a 3/8" seam here instead of 1/4" because of the variety of different fabrics. Press seam open using Violet Craft Seam Roller. A seam roller is helpful since some of these fabrics should not be exposed to an iron.

Use pins in all fabrics except Slicker or laminated cotton as it makes permanent holes.




6. Add a 3rd Triangle to create a half hexagon

Use wonder clips when sewing Slicker to avoid making permanent holes.

If you are using Cuddle or Minky, position that fabric on top when sewing. It stretches and it is easier to manage this way.

Start sewing at the center point of the half hexagon. Remove clips as you go.

Use roller to press seam open.

Sometimes the cuddle stretches so much that the pieces don't line up at the end. This is OK and we will resolve it once the entire top is sewn together.


7. Repeat sets 3 & 4 to make another half hexagon



8. Sew half hexagons together to make a full hexagon. I suggest clipping the center seam with Wonder Clips and opening it to check alignment as shown.



Sew a couple of inches of the center seam as shown and check again to make sure the points match up. It is much easier to take out just this small part vs taking out an entire long seam.


Finish sewing center seam and press seam open using Violet Craft Seam Roller.



9. Layer with backing. No batting needed.


10. Quilt - I like to keep the quilting to a minimum so that Nate can focus on feeling the texture of the fabrics vs the texture of the quilting. I started by stitching in the ditch across all 3 seams.

Then I quilted lines 1" from each of the ditches.

Quilting can be seen here.

11. It is also helpful to baste around the entire piece to hold everything together before binding. Trim off excess backing.


Here you can see I lined the ruler up with the points seams and trimmed the excess cuddle fabric and backing.


12. Bind & Enjoy! - How to Bind Hexagons




Nate's a fan of his sensory blanket!











© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Quilts for Nathan

Friday, November 9, 2018
I made LOTS of quilts for Nathan and wanted to document all of them in one place. Below are the photos and stories behind each of the quilts I made for him.

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In March 2018 we announced on social media that we were expecting using these BABY letters I made from Alphabet Soup.

Photo by Honey Photographs

Letter Tile Details
 
Fabric is Tula Pink - Flutterby, Eden & Spirit Animal
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 2/13/18
Finished on 3/16/18 


I showed the letters in better detail on top of this August Stars quilt.


This August Stars quilt was actually the first quilt I made with our future baby in mind. I started it back in the fall of 2016 when we decided to start trying for a baby.


Quilt Details 
Fabric is Hushabye by Tula Pink
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 11/28/16
Finished on 7/31/17 

I had just enough of this very hard to find owl print for 3 columns on the back. I made the rest of the quilt back scrappy with other Hushabye leftovers.

Here is a detail shot of the quilting.

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We decided on a boy and a girl name pretty early on. Even though we were waiting till delivery to find out, that didn't stop me from starting to make personalized things. I made 2 pillows, one for the first initial of each of the names. Here is Nate's pillow. (The other one is tucked away for safe keeping.)

Pillow Details 
Fabric is Tula Pink - Flutterby, Eden & Spirit Animal
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 2/8/18
Finished on 7/30/18 

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I knew I wanted number blocks to use for monthly photos, so I picked some grey remix prints from my stash and started working on them.

Number Tile Details 
Fabric is Remix by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 5/9/18
Finished on 7/16/18



I use each tile in a monthly photo with Nathan.

... and then I hang each finished Alphabet Soup tile up on the wall for that month on an Ackfeld Wire frame.


I also made numbers to represent his birthday & finished the banner after he was born.

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Remix by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 5/9/18
Finished on 11/4/18
Quilt measures - 18" x 32"

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This is the first quilt I started for the baby after finding out I was pregnant. I was pretty sick the first few months, so I started working on this once I felt better.


Quilt Details
 
Fabric is assorted Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
(Space Explorers, Remix, Penned Pals, Flannel Penned Pals)
Pattern - Giggles, JBQ 133
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 3/20/18
Finished on 6/6/18
Quilt measures - 40" x 44"


The back is all flannel other than the small mint section. That way it is nice and extra cuddly!


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This is the second quilt I started for the baby. 


Quilt Details
 
Fabric is assorted Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
(Space Explorers, Remix, Penned Pals, Flannel Penned Pals)
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 4/10/18
Finished on 7/25/18
Quilt measures - 62" x 60"





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 ...and the third. Clearly I was in love with the fabrics by now!!


Quilt Details
 
Fabric is assorted Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
(Space Explorers, Remix, Penned Pals, Flannel Penned Pals)
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 6/7/18
Finished on 7/25/18
Quilt measures - 42" x 56"




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I loved the fabrics so much that I even made a few garlands that were used as decor for my baby shower. They are so cute that I haven't taken them down!!


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The 4th quilt I made for Nathan in the same fabrics is the cover quilt from my new pattern Ribbon Candy. I was inspired to design this quilt during my pregnancy. I also made tiles that spell out NATHAN and had them hanging up in the hospital. Since I didn't know if I was having a boy or a girl... I actually had 2 sets of name tiles ready to go!

3 Color Quilt Details
 
Pattern - Ribbon Candy, JBQ 176
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 6/11/18
Finished on 7/30/18
Quilt measures - 48" x 60" Youth Size



I backed it with this cute print!

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The last quilt I made for Nathan I finished just 2 days before he was born. I had 2 weeks left till my due date and was going a bit stir crazy since everything else was done. Here I am basting the quilt early on Tuesday August 7th. This is one of the last photos of my baby bump!

I really wanted to take the quilt to the hospital with us, but it had just been finished and wasn't washed yet. So like any other crazy person in labor at 3AM... I told my husband to toss it in the washer ASAP. It came out of the dryer just in time for us to leave for the hospital. Here is Nate on the quilt at just one day old.


Circle Quilt Details 
Fabric is Flannel Penned Pals by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Designed by me
Quilted by me
Started on 6/6/18
Finished on 8/7/18
Quilt measures - 52" across


We also took the quilt to Nathan's newborn photo shoot. Here he is at 5 days old. I can't believe how tiny he was back then!
Photo by Kinda Arzon

And here is Nate when he almost 2 weeks old hanging out on the quilt. The super soft flannel makes it a favorite of his!
It's been quite the journey to get here, and I love that quilts have been a part of process the entire way. Thanks for all of your kindness & support through it all!



© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

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