Upcycled patchwork blanket

In my previous post I shared some of the lockdown crafting that I’ve been busy doing over the past eight weeks. In that I shared the patchwork and applique centre section of a mini quilt that I’d completed using fabric from an old bedding set and my scraps stash.

After finishing this section I started work on a quilt for Musky, for which I’d chosen a log cabin block in the centre and vertical rows of flying geese on either side. I’ve wanted to do a log cabin block for a long time and fortunately had just enough red and green fabric left over from a previous quilt to complete it. And Musky immediately enjoyed sleeping under it!

So there I was with two part finished patchwork projects and no idea of what I was going to do with them. Then inspiration hit me! I could make a door hanging with the upcycled one. With that in mind I added a border, backing and binding; all using fabric from the bedding set and did some basic quilting with my sewing machine and ta-da mini quilt finished.

However, the problem with using pre-loved fabric (think about how many times a bedding set is washed before it’s at the point of being discarded) is that it’s very, very soft, which means that it doesn’t hang well. But while I had it draped across my mini ironing board storage box, Musky jumped up and settled down on it therefore claiming it as his own… which it now is!

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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