In the time when the motto was
“Use it up, wear it out: Just make do, or do without.”
….this quilt can help you “use it up”- all those scraps from your stash AND empty your recycle bin of newspapers. Plus, since it’s sew-and-flip technique, there is no fussy measuring or seam-matching- just sit, sew, and enjoy!
Let’s get started!
Flip it over…. ooh, ahh! Crazy and pretty. And very stable and secure on that newspaper. You see how you couldn’t do this kind of thing without some kind of stabilizer? And it’s so nice to recycle newspaper… This whole block took only 15 minutes or so.
Make as many blocks as you’d like to create the size of the quilt you want. I like to make lap quilts for seniors in wheelchairs or baby quilt- and you only need about 16 block for those.
Then join your blocks together in a traditional quilt fashion, with an 1/4 inch seam allowance. (Or more- whatever!) Then back the quilt with a nice, fluffy flannel and quilt as desired. (I like to do big “scribbles” of free-motion quilting, but do what you like.)
Then square up your quilt and bind. (Again, you can make your own, use store-bought cotton binding, or my fave- satin!)
Now, before you ask- NO, you do not use any batting and YES, you leave the newspaper in there. Wash your finished quilt in warm water, and the newspaper will break down into batting. Trust me, it works! The newsprint does not wash out or stain the fabric, either. It feels just like there is a thin batting inside, and it’s soft & cuddly. No one will ever know that there is recycled newspapers in there.
Here’s the story of this one: I was burning through my scraps, and made this one for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital here in Cleveland. I had it all laundered an ready to go…. and then my son, then 2 1/2, saw it, pulled it down on the floor, and started to dance on it! The next day, he got sick, and grabbed this quilt to nap under…. so now it’s just part of the family.
Needless to say, this is an amazing way to recycle old clothing, too- the newspaper acts as a stabilizer and makes difficult fabrics like t-shirt knits easier to sew. Have fun and get sewing!
Who will you make a Chronicle Quilt for?
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