I've had a request for a tutorial on making this receiving blanket.
I got the pattern from a friend. It was originally made at a now out-of-business sewing center in Utah. It still gives credit to the makers on the pattern.
To print the pattern, first click on the pattern. This should take you to a new window which will enlarge the picture. Now right click on the pattern. You will get a menu that says copy image, click on that. Then open your word perfect and paste it into your wp. I would save it at that point, then print. Or you can just click on the pattern which will bring it to a new page, then if you are in Firefox browser, you can click "file" in the upper left hand corner and scroll down to print preview. This will show you what it will look like in the final printed picture. If it fits the page, then click print. If not, scale down from 100% to something else that produces one page that is readable.
Now for making the blanket:
Because the fabric comes off the bolt in approximately 45 inches and you have cut off approximately 1-2 inches to remove salvage it is then necessary to make sure this piece is square.
Fold the back (larger) piece into fourths. With all four corners together, place on cutting board and measure six inches from corner either way. Mark and cut that corner off diagonally.
Fold the diagonal corner piece with right sides together in half
and stitch from fold to within 1/4 inch from edge. Leave 1/4 inch unstitched. BE SURE TO BACK STITCH AT EACH END OF THIS SEAM. When all four are done, the 1/4 inch will naturally fold inside. This will be your frame.
Turn right sides out and lay flat on floor, then put the yard front piece inside the frame.
Carefully stitch 1/8 inch from the edge the 1//4 inch turned under.
To keep the two pieces from separating in wash and wear, measure in 12 inches from all sides, mark with pins or a disappearing ink and sew another square in the middle of the blanket
Congratulations! You have made a receiving blanket in a little under an hour.
Shorter time than it took to upload these photos and write this blog. There you go Jenny!
If you want this to be a softer heaver blanket rather than receiving blanket, you can cut a piece of batting the size of the finished "frame" and tuck it inside, then add the top and stitch sewing through all layers as you tuck the 1/4 inch under. I would tie or quilt the inside so the batting doesn't lump up during use and washing.
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have a great day.
additional note: You can do it with any size quilt or blanket, square or rectangle. Just as long as the borders of the backing is equally larger than the blanket top. For example, in the original pattern, if your quilt top measures 36" x 36" and the backing measures 45" x 45", the back is 4.5" inches larger on all sides. So for the quilt you are making make your backing 9" bigger than the size of your quilt. So if your quilt measures 45" x 70", then make the backing 54" x 79"
If you want your quilt 36" x 45" then make the backing 45" x 54"