Quillow Wool Stadium Blanket –
Hi Everyone! I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely baseball season here in North Texas. With Spring sports comes unpredictable weather and the need for layers and even a stadium blanket. What’s great about wool is that it will keep you warm in the cool and cool in the warm making this quillow wool stadium blanket perfect for any Spring outing. Lucky for us Penny Rose Fabrics now carries 10″ precut wool squares perfect for this blanket. This is a fast one so what do you say, let’s get started!
Materials Needed –
- 3 – 10” Wool Stackers from Penny Rose Fabrics or 16 – 10” Wool Squares
- 1 Yard Backing Fabric – I chose menswear check gray
- 1/3 Yard Binding Fabric
- ~ ½ Yard Fabric for back pillow (I used the same fabric as the backing)
- 1 Yard Batting (I like Warm & Natural)
- Quilting Pantry Items
- Sewing Machine
- Heavy duty thread (makes going through the wool easier and makes the stitches more secure)
- Tailor Ham or Seam Roll (Optional)
- Rotary Cutter
- Rotary Mat
- Rotary Ruler
- Iron (w/ Steam)
- Ironing Board
- Fabric Scissors
Step 1: We won’t be able to use my favorite method for half square triangles for this (pressing in half and stitching on each side) because not all of the ½ squares have perfect matches. Instead, for this quilt we will be cutting all of the squares in half diagonally. Make sure you line your ruler up corner to corner. Also, make sure your squares are a true 10”x 10” before starting. The square can be off just a bit due to the organic stretching quality of the wool.
Step 2: Arrange your half triangles to create the large star pattern. If you are using your own wool the sky is the limit regarding your color choices. I’m using the 10” stacker, which gave me a variety of different wool colors to work with. As you know if you’ve followed me for awhile I like to sketch out my quilts first. Here is my final layout:
Step 3: Stitch your blocks together. Pair your right triangles and stitch along the hypotenuse (Alert! Yes, we do use geometry as adults! You should tell your children immediately!) using a ¼” seam.
Step 4: Press your seams to the dark side.
With wool it is important to remember a few things. You will want to use a tailor ham or seam roll so that the backside of the seam doesn’t show through to the front.
I found in this application I really didn’t need the ham as my wool was thick enough not to show through but it is something to remember if you ever decide to make a coat. (quick pause for me to reminisce about my Make it Yourself with Wool days, ahh) Also, make sure you press with HIGH steam or using a damp washcloth over the wool. This will help set your seams and give you the crisp look you are used to when using cotton.
Step 5: Trim the dog ears of the squares.
Then, once your half square triangles are all completed sew your rows together.
Step 6: It’s time to make the quillow portion of the stadium blanket. Measure and cut two 18” squares out of the fabric you would like to use for the pillow portion. I cut mine on the fold to avoid a seam, but that is entirely up to you.
Step 7: Placing right sides together sew using a ¼” seam ¾ of the way around the pillow. Or in my case, the two seams adjacent to the fold. Yes, I decided to double stitch…my mom still has my serger in Montana (hint hint..Mom…)
Step 8: Set seams and turnout. Press.
Step 9: Top stitch as close to the edge of the top of the pillow. This will be the side directly OPPOSITE of the opening.
Step 10: Layout your backing fabric with your quilt creating a straight edge at the bottom of your quilt. Pin your ‘pillow’ portion to the bottom middle of the backing.
Step 11: Top stitch the two sides to the backing fabric. Don’t worry we’ll catch the bottom during binding.
Step 12: Spray baste and pin your quilt.
Step 13: Quilt away my friends, just make sure to avoid quilting over the pocket on the back.
Step 14: Time for binding! I wanted this quilt to be earthy and a little rustic so I opted to use the plaid backing which gives the front a little dimension.
Step 15: You’re done, but let’s fold it into the pillow! If you are a child or a parent with a child from the 80’s you may remember Popples? It is a similar concept to that. Start by tri-folding your blanket so the pillow pocket is on the outside bottom. Then, fold the tri-fold down to the pocket. The final step is to turn the pocket inside out over your blanket. Voila! Now you have a pillow/blanket combo allowing you to easily store the blanket in your car.
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March 16 – Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes
March 17 – Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Blog
March 18 – Crystal Delaney of The Clever Quilt Studio
March 21 – Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt
March 22 – Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
March 23 – Penny Rose Blog
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March 25 – liZ Evans of Simple Simon and Company
March 28 – Remona Gopaul of The Stitching Scientist
March 29 – Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
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