Friday, April 26, 2013

Finish it up Friday, FINALLY.

It's been forever since my last post, life just got in the way. The bridge project continues to be set back- we had a huge fiasco this week where, apparently, our drawings were uglier than a pile of poop and therefore unusable, so I pulled a VERY late night on Wednesday to get them reorganized. Oh yeah, and I picked Flash up from the airport on Tuesday.

We went to the park on Wednesday to watch the sun set together.

Also, his mustache did not come home with him, which was a surprise.

These past couple of weeks, while school has been a freaking nightmare, I worked on a faux chenille blanket. There are a TON of tutorials online, but Moda recently featured one on their bakeshop website.

Back in November, I bought two yards of a great flannel print- it has mooses and bears and other wonderful woodland things on it. I knew I wanted to make a sweet blanket with it, but didn't really know where to start. But I realized two weeks ago that I wanted to make this faux chenille, so I bought more flannel and got sewing.

It took like a week to sew all the lines on it, but that's because I didn't have much patience.

I'm quite chuffed with how it turned out.

Nice and fuzzy :)


In the process of washing and drying, though, the blanket warped a bit. You can tell it's longer at some corners. But honestly, it's going to keep me warm just as well as if it weren't warped, so I'm ok with it.

Essentially, you sew 4 or 5 layers of fabric together with straight lines. It has to be on the diagonal, or it won't fray. Once the entire sandwich is quilted, you cut the top 3 or 4 layers between the lines. Then, you wash it and dry it, and it magically gets soft and beautiful! I completely filled up my lint trap doing this, which made me laugh.

But it's exactly what I needed: something quick, easy, mindless, and calming, in order to make it through the last two weeks of a long distance relationship and a crazy time in school.

Linking up to Finish it Up Friday!


  1. I just did one of these too from my friend Pam's tutorial on MBS! I wanted to keep the one I made-lol. It is going to my new niece coming in June though. I love,love the way it turned out too!

    Great idea to use a flannel print on the front. Yours is beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much! Did you have any issues with it warping in the wash at all?

  2. That is really cool. BTW I hope you don't mind me asking, was that picture taken around Richmond, it looks too

    1. Haha, no, this was taken Blacksburg, VA! I'm studying Architecture at Virginia Tech. So while I hail from Richmond, I spend most of my time in the Blue Ridge mountains.

  3. Super cute! I've had one of these on my to-do list for a while...

  4. This looks so warm and cuddly! Thanks so much for linking up this week.

  5. Sometimes nice practical projects are wonderful! I love the colors in your blanket too.

  6. Duuuude. That looks so cozy! I should make one... I have a chenille throw that is store bought. But when my dog was little(r), she had some weird anxiety issues and would suck on anything fuzzy. Like my blanket. And my winter time dorky slipper sock. And my super dorky fuzzy pants. I get really cool in the winter ;) ANYWAY. It's weird and kinda holey now. So I need a new fuzzy blanket. What's my point? THANKS FOR THE AWESOME IDEA.

    Glad you got your Flash back :) Life sucks without your sidekick!