What fun I’ve been having sewing with these cute 1930’s reproductions fabrics from Windham called “Sugar Sack II”. I love these old fashioned fabrics so much and I think they make cute children’s items. I sewed up a 16-patch checkerboard quilt with them and loved it so much I sewed a matching Cuddle Blankie and a Reading Pillow. (Patterns for all these items are going to be released after the holidays!)
What’s a Cuddle Blankie? It’s a much smaller version of the quilt that a baby/toddler can clutch and cuddle with – which is what they love to do. This one is 16″ x 16″. And it’s so easy to whip one up to match the baby blanket.
The Reading Pillow is a fun thing to give as a gift for a child – it can hold a couple of books or small toys and is nice for children to curl up with, along with their quilt. I have gotten so many requests for a pattern for this item, that I am excited about putting it in the shop after Christmas!
I actually doubled the batting on this quilt. I used Warm and White 100% cotton batting. The double thickness makes the quilt especially warm and snuggly. I love the weight of it. Because the background fabric I used for the checkerboard design is white, it is important to use a white batting so it doesn’t dull the white fabric.
I machine quilted using a 4 inch stitch length – kind of long, but I love how distinctive it looks. I used 50mm thread for both the piecing and the quilting. I switched to a #14 quilting needle to the actual quilting.
The backing fabric is a cute dot fabric from Riley Blake called “Blush Puffs Pink”.
For the binding, I used one of the Sugar Sack fabrics, Pretty Petals in Red. I thought it gave it a great pop! I cut 2.5″ strips to make the binding and used this method to machine stitch it.
The quilt measures 31″ x 48″. The Cuddle Blankie is 16″ x 16″ and the pillow is 18″ x 18″.
This quilt, cuddle blankie and matching pillow are listed in the Shop and are for sale. Stay tuned for the patterns in January!
Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by!