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Cozy Quilt Blanket posted: 1/14/2003
by Nancy Hinds Printable Page
Category: Piecing Method: All
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If you have always loved the beauty of a quilt, but don't want to invest the time to piece one, here's a truly quick way to make a soft, pieced blanket. The polar fleece fabrics available today, are easy to work with and come in a beautiful array of colors and designs. In addition, this fabric does not ravel, so there is no need for seams, or backing fabrics on your "quilted" blanket. You will be amazed at how fast it is to construct one of these throws that your family will want to snuggle up to all the time. Change the colors or layout and stitch up one for everyone!

Finished Size- 52" x 76"

Supplies needed:

1/2 yd 60" wide polar fleece of color #1 (squares only)
7/8 yd 60" wide polar fleece of color #2 (squares and border)
7/8 yd 60" wide polar fleece of color #3 (background squares and corners)
Thread (YLI Wonder Invisible Thread and YLI Jean Stitch Thread)

Instructions:
#1-Cut 4" squares from the fleece fabrics. For design shown cut:

Fabric #1--47 squares
Fabric #2--46 squares
Fabric #3--98 squares (Save 4 for border corners)
#2-Lay squares out in a setting of 11 squares by 17 squares as follows:
1 3 2 3 1 3 1 3 2 3 1
3 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 3 1 3 (The 1 shows the center)
1 3 2 3 1 3 1 3 2 3 1
***You will have 7 additional rows at both the top and bottom of this chart.**

#3-With the Invisible thread in the needle and the Jean Stitch thread in the bobbin,
set the sewing machine on a wide zig-zag stitch. (Tension may need adjusting)

#4-To sew squares together, simply butt the edges against each other and zig-zag,
being careful to match edges and catch both squares in the stitching.

#5-After constructing center portion, measure the sides of the blanket.

#6-Cut borders from Fabric #3, piecing strips if necessary, and adding the four corner blocks borders. Stitch to quilt using zig-zag.

NOTE: Two-color blanket would require 7/8 yd of each color and another 1/2 yd of one color for the borders.


2003 Nancy Hinds
www.FiberArtsStudio.com
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