It's the opening day of salmon fishing here....so I figured I should probably share this fishing quilt I made for my son's birthday 3 MONTHS ago. Holy cow 3 months went by fast!
I decided to make my son a fishing quilt for his bed since he is fishing obsessed. On a whim I bought a whole bunch of fishing related fabric, and then endured sewing torture making a twin size quilt with fishing fabric. It is so hard for me to sew with fabric I don't really like!
What better place to take a photo of a fishing quilt than on our (((piece of junk that takes up room in the yard))) fishing boat?! Oiy.
I've learned to keep my mouth shut when it comes to the amount of fishing paraphernalia in our home...since my quilting stuff takes up a whole bedroom and all our storage. ;)
Kathy quilted this with a wavy-water looking pattern, with thread that matches the awesome backing. This quilt has great weight and texture, and is a little poofy thanks to the blanket backing.
Since I've already used the word "fishing" in this post way too many times let's talk about this amazing backing:
I bought a few of the Threshold fuzzy blankets at Target during their Black Friday sale last year. They are so extremely soft and don't shed like some of their other blankets. This one is pretty thick, but not much thicker than regular minky fabric, and it's probably even a bit lighter. Since this is for my son's bed and he doesn't use any other blankets I also used batting in this quilt.
I would definitely recommend these fuzzy blankets for backings...but there are a few things to think about:
- If you are quilting the quilt yourself...they are hard to use and hard to baste with, whether using spray or pins. They don't slide as easily through your machine when doing free motion or straight line quilting, and they are so thick they are tricky to get under the presser foot.
- Ask your long arm quilter if they are OK with you sending a blanket like this as a backing. I emailed Kathy ahead of time to clear it with her first. I know some quilters won't use minky, or sheets and blankets.
- Buy a size larger than your quilt. I made a Twin size quilt, and I bought a Queen size blanket so I would have enough extra around the sides for the long arm quilter to use.
- Prewash and preshrink your backing blanket/sheet!
- Backings from yardage can easily be $50 + if you buy the yardage is states on the pattern, so quality cotton sheets or blankets like these can be a great alternative. I LOVE the new cotton 108" wide backings offered now...and that might even be a cheaper option if you are just looking to lower your cost of the backing. I've bought the 108" backings from Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads in the past.
I think that's it but if you've used blankets or sheets as backings and have any other tips, or a good source to buy quality sheets from, please put it in the comments below!