Six weeks of the winter blahs — compounded by some kinda stressful personal stuff — has meant that I’ve had a hard time getting motivated to do much of anything. Including sewing. That seems to be changing and I’ve spent more time sewing in the past few days than I probably have since right before Christmas.
Among my favorite new projects is this sweet Andalucia blanket. It’s from a pattern by Seams & Dreams, the Sleep-Away Quilt. I’ve been itching to sew with Patty‘s new line of fabric for Michael Miller (Sarah just got in the whole line!), so when Miss L latched onto it, I knew it’d be a great choice for the pattern.
The pattern isn’t particularly complicated and I finished the whole thing in about a day (spread out over two). I really haven’t done any actual quilting, so I opted to hand-tie this one instead of experimenting. I like the effect and definitely the speed of hand tying. The binding was easier than I expected, although it made my hand cramp up to stitch it down on the back side. I’m planning to make more of these for gifts and I think future ones will just be done blanket style instead of bound for expediency.
It’s a pretty gender-neutral style, so it’s going to be easy to change it up with fabric and make one more suited for the boys in my life. I think it’d look super cute with the new Robots fabric by David Walker. (Hmmmmm. One more to add to my project list! LOL!)
The pockets are stitched on after the blanket is done, so the stitching shows through on the right side. I thought it would bother me more than it does, but you may not feel the same way. I think the finished product is super cute and it’s definitely a hit with the little miss, who insists on using it constantly.
It did bug me a little that the binding instructions weren’t included with the pattern. Instead, it refers to the Seams & Dreams website for directions on how to attach the binding. A minor annoyance but when I’ve dropped $10 on a pattern I kind of expect everything I need to be included and accessible at my sewing table. It’s a very minor complaint, though, and I’m overall quite happy with the purchase and the final product.