So I added a little eclair applique,
which Miles really liked.
That's his grubby hand right there, trying to pry it off the blanket. Don't worry. I stitched it on tight.
Like practically everything else that comes from my craft room, the story of this quilt began in the clearance bin. I needed some new blades for my rotary cutter, and happened upon a chenille cutter marked down 75%. I had no idea what I'd do with a chenille cutter. But I knew it was cheap, and I figured it could cut fabric, so I brought it home with me.
Not long after that, I happened upon this tutorial on Aesthetic Nest, and suddenly the instructions that came with the chenille cutter made a lot more sense.
So here's how it works. You layer several pieces of flannel (or other soft cotton) and then stitch in parallel lines on the bias.
The process is a little time consuming, but it's straightforward. And actually kind of fun. I used a set of flannel receiving blankets, so the finished quilt is pretty small. I don't think I'd want to tackle anything bigger, cause I'm lazy, and even turning this little thing under the arm of my machine was a little cumbersome.
I do have one little tip I didn't see mentioned in any of the online tutorials I found. Dana at Made (see her version here) suggests changing your needle position to get the lines spaced evenly about 1/2 inch apart. But I can't adjust the needle position on my machine, my presser foot was too narrow to use it as a guide, and I didn't want to have to draw lines to follow for the whole quilt. So I added a piece of stiff tape to the bottom of my presser foot and lined the edge of the tape up with the previous line as I stitched each new row. Like so:
After a while the tape started to curl up, and I'll admit I rushed things a bit, so the rows are not perfect. There are other flaws too, but I won't bother pointing them out, because if that cute baby Eclair is anywhere nearby, I guarantee no one's gonna notice a few wonky lines and errant stitches. They'll be too busy tickling her cream-filled belly, or gazing into her gorgeous chocolate eyes.