4.20.2014

No-Batting Quilt

 I wanted to share this lovely quilt I made for my mom's birthday. :) I had a handful of question on facebook on how I made this no-batting quilt, so here's the scoop!

I used mostly home decorator-weight fabric which made a thick and heavy blanket so no batting was needed.
The majority of the quilt top was pieced together using home-dec weight fabrics and some quilting cottons. The border fabric is chenille, also home-dec weight. For the backing I used a thick yet super soft home-dec weight fabric that I found from Joanne Fabrics. A plus about buying home-dec fabrics is they're typically sold in 55-60" widths so little to no preparation is need for the backing, depending on the size of the quilt you make.
Instead of making binding for the quilt, I assembled the quilt top to the backing fabric like you would a baby blanket. Or in other words, I took the quilt top and my backing fabric and with right sides facing together I sewed a 1/4" seam allowance around the perimeter of the quilt leaving a 7-10" opening. Then I turned the quilt right side out through the opening and then whip-stitched the opening closed. To see a visual on how I did this, see steps 2-4 of my easy baby blanket tutorial (but you can skip the ironing).

In addition, instead of machine quilting I simply tied this quilt using yarn. Here's a tutorial on How to Tie a Quilt in case you're interested.

The result is a super soft and heavy quilt. My mom said it is really warm too! :) If you wanted to add batting, I would use a medium-loft batting and layer the quilt top, backing and batting the same as shown in step 4 of this coaster tutorial (but obviously it would be on a bigger scale).

Thanks for letting me share this with you. I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. :)

 And with that, I'll leave you with another pretty picture of a quilt roll :) xoxo

8 comments:

  1. It`s absolutely stunning.Thanks for the tip and sure I`ll try it!!

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  2. I really like how the chenille frames the patchwork.

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  3. I really do love this quilt and the whole way you put it together. I do love the home dec fabrics due to their size. Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. This is beautiful, and the latte coloured chenille is so different, makes it all looks so snuggly.

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  5. beautiful quilt the chenille border makes it look stunning. Hope you are having a nice Easter

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  6. How very pretty! Kind of vintage-looking, and I love the mini tute you gave. I'll have to try that some time.

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  7. Beautiful quilt, great idea. Have missed your post too looooong inbetween posts. I understand your are busy,Just look forward to seeing what you are making next. Keep up the awesome job you do

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  8. Great idea... and can save some $ by not using batting! I have one that my grandmother made back in the 70's, that was made without batting. It's heavy polyester on one side and a lightweight knit on the other. (the knit side next to your skin...LOL) It has held up well through the years... you can't KILL polyester!

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