The premise of this week is simple: I’ll show you how to make four small cuddle quilts out of a single roll of 2.5″ strips and a yard of cuddle fabric or fleece. The final quilts measure 18″×24″, so these are meant for comfort more than sleeping under. Today, we’re taking a short break from sewing to talk about options. If you’re just joining in, you may want to hop over to all posts tagged 1+1=4 or start from the beginning of the series.
We now have all four tops complete for the basic 1+1=4 construction. I’d like to take a short break to talk about alternative options.
First off is making additional quilts: I mentioned in the materials post that you can make two additional quilts if you have a full Moda Jelly Roll. If you’d like to do that, you can make additional versions of any combination, with one exception: you can only make a second Top Three using the leftovers from Top One—so you can make that pair, but otherwise can’t make Top Three.
Another option is that you can also make two versions of a top, then sew them together along the 24″ side to make a single 24″×36″ top for the charity drive. You can mix and match, or even cut the pieces and piece as one quilt.
But, what if you don’t want to make cuddle quilts? After all, 18″×24″ is a pretty small size for a quilt.
One of them might make a great portable baby changing pad if you use terry cloth and a lining of medical sheeting (a waterproof flannel-sandwiched rubber) as the backing instead of cuddle fabric or flannel.
Or, consider using chenille fabric as the backing—not only is it cuddly, I’ve heard it works great as a burp cloth, allowing your cuddly baby quilt to double as an oversized, very useful cloth if needed.
Can you think of other uses for something this size?
This post is part of a series on making small cuddle quilts for charity. My finished quilts will be donations to the 2012/13 service project being sponsored by the Quilter’s Consortium of New York State. If you’re in a NY quilt guild that is a member of QCNYS, contact your consortium rep to learn how to donate (and tell your guild or club about this series!). If you are not a member of a participating guild, but would still like to donate send me an email and we can figure out how to get the quilts to the right place.