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    Junior Member rebeccalr's Avatar
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    After spending WAY too much on my last three quilts, I decided to think thriftier and came up with this idea. I love consignment sales and as I am looking for clothes for my kids I check out the receiving blankets. Flannel in cute kid patterns. I am storing up to make baby quilts using the string-quilt-as-you-go method. These will be my backings. All 13 blankets for $10 and 4 of them are brand new. I estimate at least 1/2 - 1 yard in each blanket.
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    What a great fabric source and most of those are 100% cotton. Thanks for sharing

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    wonderful idea!!!

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    Great idea. The blankets are made from good flannel so they will last through many washing.

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    Good thinking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccalr
    After spending WAY too much on my last three quilts, I decided to think thriftier and came up with this idea. I love consignment sales and as I am looking for clothes for my kids I check out the receiving blankets. Flannel in cute kid patterns. I am storing up to make baby quilts using the string-quilt-as-you-go method. These will be my backings. All 13 blankets for $10 and 4 of them are brand new. I estimate at least 1/2 - 1 yard in each blanket.
    Great idea, between the strings on the top and the flannel underneath the quilts will be warm and cuddly. May in Jersey

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    Good thinking, way to save.

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    I always hit the " textile aisle" when in good will... It's almost my favorite place to shop.... I'm such a cheapy...smile... but gosh darn it.. sewing/quilting is SO expensive these days!

    I also hit the large mens and ladies dept. There's alot of fabric in some of those shirts/skirts/dresses!!

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    good idea, thanks for the ideas

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    What a great idea. I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the great idea.

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    Wow great idea, i will have to keep an eye out for them at garage sales, i usually pass up the ones with lots of baby stuff... not anymore :) thanks

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    Sounds like a great idea to me! Looking forward to seeing a finished quilt. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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    Very creative! I love it :D:D:D

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    don't you just love it when you can think outside the box

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    Great idea!

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    Great idea, thanks for the tip!!! You're very resourceful!

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    Thanks for the fantabulous idea. I am going to be making a baby blanket very soon and this is a wonderful plan :)

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    Please share a pic of your quilts when finished. I love to shop at Goodwill and garage sales. Thanks for the idea.

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    Great idea!

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    I buy these at the Salvation Army,usually 2 for 1.99. I've used them in rag quilts as the center layer and if they are very nice I cut them into squares for regular baby quilts. Can't beat the value.

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    fabulous idea. i was just deciding where i could get low-priced flannel for a free-motion quilting class. i don't want to spend too much as these are just for the sandwiches and will be practiced on. now i will try consignment shops. thanks.

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    Excellent idea! I make preemie quilts for the local hospital and this would help with my costs so much!!! Thanks!

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    Great idea..

    Just make sure you don't mix new recieving blankets with older ones.. I think those new ones might shrink..

    and if I remember correctly, recieving blankets are pretty small, they only last a very short time and then you can't wrap a baby up in them any longer.. especially when you have 9 pound babies like I did... just a thought.

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    Great idea - thanks.

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    We are returning to quilting's early days when they used to use salvaged fabric from where every they could get it. Here we are rediscovering the same frugal ways our grandmother's used. We are only as limited as our imaginations.

    Andie :D :D :D

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