Sometime this month I am expecting the arrival of grandbaby #4! During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend we had a baby shower for my daughter – lots of clothes & story books, but not a single receiving blanket! So while I’ve been finishing up her wedding quilt and starting the baby’s quilt — I’ve made some over-sized receiving blankets out of cotton jersey knit. Joann’s had some adorable prints – 58″ wide. I bought 1-1/4 yds of four different prints – ample.
First decide your size – I chose 42-inch square for my size. I then folded it fourths to round the corners. Use a can or lid as a pattern.
Time to join the pieces – on the bias spreads out the bulk.
Next you’re going to sew the binding and blanket square together – wrong side of blanket to right side of binding. Start with a tail about 6-8 inches long. Round corners can be a bit tricky but look great when your finished – you’ll need to stretch the blanket a bit at the corner while not stretching the binding.
Joining the binding when you come back around is a breeze! Really! You can get a little measuring square to help you out
but I’m going to tell you how without the tool! Stop stitching about 6-8 inches before you get to the start – hopefully you have two tails that overlap.
Take ONE tail and cut it straight across about mid way in the space left. Now take a ruler and put it flush with the cut end, overlap the uncut tail over that and then make a cut at the same measurement as the width of your binding – in my case 1-3/4 inches from the end of the ruler.
Now to connect the two ends
Trim off the excess, press open and it should lay nice and flat for you to finish attaching to the blanket.
Time to press – press the seam toward the binding and on the raw edge of the binding fold & press a 1/4 inch allowance.
Time to sew again! I have found using my stitch in the ditch foot, adjusting the needle location over 3 or 4 notches to the right, gets me set up for a very nice top-stitched edge.
Once again on the corners you’ll need to do a bit of stretch of the blanket – try to keep the binding square to the binding so you’ll need to stretch the blanket enough to do that.
Suggestions for next month’s topic? I’m thinking about focusing on applique – #4 grandbaby’s quilt has 16 squares of applique that I’ll be focused on for the next couple of weeks!