January 6, 2011

Dear Flannel

Dear Flannel~

You arrived in my mailbox as a contest prize and I was excited to see you, yet so hesitant to open the package and actually look at you. You're beautiful! I'm so scared of you! What do I do with you! You are all fuzzy and warm and so sweetly printed. Your colors are wonderful in that sweet child-like way and my little girl adores the fluff right off of you.

Be kind to me!
Love, Karen

Well, they're here! I won these flannels from the lovely Kristie over at OCD as part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaways. They are in fact, delicious in their color and feel. I was hesitant about them because I've never worked with flannel before and I'm feeling rather intimidated by them. I have snooped and googled up a storm looking for great ideas and of course everyone and everything loves all things baby with flannels. What if I don't want to do baby anything?!

That's right. Babies may be sweet and adorable but they don't get my flannel! Hear that!

Operation flannel couch quilt is in idea mode. If you're counting with me that's project #6 on my project board. Eek. I've got myself a fabric obsession and it's starting to get out of control ... which I guess is right par for the course with anyone who loves their sewing machine like their other child.

Let's build the list.
  1. Recess Block Quilt.
  2. Lunch Bags and Re-useable Sandwich Bags using my new best friend Heather Bailey's pattern. 
  3. Boy's Quilts... I'm building the fabrics for this as I track them down....
  4. Emma's Quilt- Done and under the 2011 Christmas Tree Deadline.
  5. Ghouls and Goblins Halloween Wall Hanger
  6. Flannel Couch Quilt
Where am I? Lets see here. Item #1, the beloved Recess block quilt is laid out, and pinned in order it will be blocked together. I've got to sew them up and pick out a sashing and backer fabric next. #2 I've just finished ordering all the supplies for minus the D rings for my pattern. The boys version of the lunch bag will be Michael Miller's Dino Dudes in brown. Can you say adorable? The girls version is Heather Bailey...

I told you she was my new best friend. :swoon:

Emma's quilt and the Boy's Quilt are in pattern mode right now. I think I have married myself to Emma's being that gorgeous stripe but the boy's quilt.... I'm designing my own.

The Ghouls and Goblins wall hanger is here in pieces! It's being done in the Spooktacular fabric that I ordered back in December and I've pinned all the applique bits and in doing so discovered that I really need a small dot on black as well as a coordinating stripe. I'll cut after I have those just in case I change my mind but otherwise all the fabric is here and begging my shears to get going!

Finally, that brings us back to the flannel. Have any of you completed any flannel projects and want to share? I'm curious what you've done with yours and if ou have any awesome tips you'd like to toss a flannel newbie like me!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Don't you love that AMH flannel? I've been slowly collecting this, with an eye to a quilt. Cara at "Me, A Mom?" had the idea to use the "Good Day" prints on one side, and "Good Night" prints on the other. My one piece of advice, if you're not usually a pre-washer of quilting cottons, DEFINITELY pre-wash flannels (knits and linen blends, too). The shrinkage factor is significantly higher. I've made several sets of kids' pj's using much cheaper flannel. Pj's use a crazy amount of fabric! I use leftovers for matching doll pj's or blankets.

  2. I buy flannel "remnants" from Joann's Fabric (the only fabric store in my area) for 50 to 70 % off regular price. Then I spend a few hours at a time cutting square blocks. It is fun to go to my square stash and pull out all the lovely prints. My plan is to donate these to a project linus if I can ever get myself to the local quild meeting. I am just starting a blog and currently it is blank but here are pics of the flannel blankies I have done so far. http://www.flickr.com/photos/30866267@N08/5171526267/in/set-72157622113442220/




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