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    Thanks for all the kind words!! I am planning to try and draw out how I did it and try and post it here...as when I try and explain it, I don't even understand myself!!.LOL...When I am back home this evening I will work on tracing out what I did and posting it here...
    Kif
    PS I also must confess I don't watch football...never have, just have a son and husband who loooove it!! Also, yes we are in Texas, home of a lot of people's "beloved Dallas Cowboys"...so I call my dh and ds "traitors"....LOL
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    Absolutely GREAT ! Hope you and DDIL had fun working on it together.....and how could your son NOT love it !!

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    that is really cool! I am bookmarking the baby quilt link. Thanks for sharing! I think that is such a clever idea! Your enlarged version is awesome!!

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    WOW! What a great quilt and story.
    Drifter

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    Gorgeous quilt! It really looks like a football.

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    My dh would love that

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    just too cute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne in VT View Post
    Oh, that is amazing!

    Now for the questions. How did you make the pattern for this large sized quilt? Did you use newspaper as template paper? The baby quilt seems like it would be easy to do for the pattern, but a huge quilt seems daunting. Can you share specifics on how you did this?

    How much yardage did it end up taking? Did you use any batting in between the layers?

    I have a friend who LOVES his Packers and would love a quilt like this.

    Thanks for sharing with us all and inspiring us.

    Suzanne in VT
    We bought 3 yards of minky and of the green bay fabric (100% cotton), with the shape of the football there was enough left to make another quilt, maybe a rag type quilt, that is for another day...month..year...in my case! lol..I printed off the baby sized blanket, enlarged it as much as I could with my printer...still not large enough, so I cut off large sheets of freezer paper and taped them together...I then made the original pattern into a half football instead of quarter football (where I only had to fold my fabrics once, and place the pattern on one fold) I put it on top of the freezer paper and traced the football as large as we needed it. A plus with using the freezer paper is I was able to lightly tap it in various places with my iron so it stuck to fabric enough for me to cut out the shape...no pinning needed! After doing this for both the minky fabric and the cotton fabric I cut out the white lines and "lacings", I actually used warm and white batting to make them, as they were so long for our size blanket that I did not have long enough felt. I used 505 basting spray to temporarily hold the end stripes and laces on the right side of the minky fabric then did a zig zag stitch applique around the edges of them. Then put fabrics right sides together, use plenty of pins to hold the layers together!!...and sew around them, using a 1/2" seam, as I had read larger seams better for minky fabric...I also used a stretch needle, no reason except I thought since the minky was stretchy maybe that needle would be better..(hey, even tho I say I am pretty structured, I am finding the older I get the more I "fly by the seat of my pants"...). I left an opening to turn the blanket right-sides out..I then top-stitched around the whole edge including the opening, so it was closed, too...Last thing I did was outline quilting about 1/8" away from the edges of the laces and white stripes on ends..I did not do any other quilting, tho I told dil it might look good to quilt some football shapes on it, and also help hold the layers together...I did not use any batting, just the minky and the 100% cotton backing...I am also going to attach a little very rough drawing of the layout...since I have had some pms wondering about that...I hope this is "clearer than mud"...I have never done a "tutorial" of any sort...and after reading this you all will probably know why!
    Regards all,
    Kif
    PS If there are any other questions, please pm me and I will try and help out if I can..
    And, as far as "daunting"...let me tell you, if I can figure this out, anyone can!! Trust me...
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    That is so awesome! What a great gift idea!

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    Thanks so much! My new son in law is a die-heart Cowboys fan, my daughter, Saints, so they are home divided living north of Dallas! I think I'll have to make them each one.....Cowboys and Saints! Thanks so much for the info!

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    Clever idea..

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    debbiecharlie;5854464]Thanks so much! My new son in law is a die-heart Cowboys fan, my daughter, Saints, so they are home divided living north of Dallas! I think I'll have to make them each one.....Cowboys and Saints! Thanks so much for the info![/QUOTE]

    My daughter in law is a big Saints fan, too..I just laugh at my hubby and son loving the Packers, dil the Saints, and my mom loves her Cowboys! So we are also a football family divided, living in Texas. Well, except me, I don't like football, at all!!
    K
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    That is great!!!!!!!!
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    What a cool idea!

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    Great idea for football fans. Little ones for the little guys and Big ones for the big guys.

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    I love it and the minkee makes it look so real

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    I absolutely love it! What a laugh and such great fun!
    Patchwork Crazy!!!

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    Thank you both!
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    I absolutely love this idea. Have seen the baby quilt on Pinterest but never thought of making it bigger. However I think I will have to wait on this one for a little bit and add it to my future goals. I have heard that minky is very hard to work with and I would imagine especially so with this much of it.

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    Hi and welcome!
    Honestly, if you make sure and pre wash your fabrics, pin the heck out of them, and stitch using a walking foot it's not hard at all. Believe me, I'm not a professional quilter by any means. If I can do it, you can do it. The best advice I got was use plenty of pins.
    If you aren't doing the "birthing method" to put it together, I use 505 baste spray. That's the ONLY brand I use on my stuff. It doesn't gum up my needles, machine, etc. It has no odor, so I can spray it inside (I do still raise windows, tho truly I can't smell a thing when spraying).
    It's a lil more expensive, but I buy it by the case on sewforless.com. And it's a huge bargain that way.
    The cans are red, and I think in French, but it's the exact same as the 505 spray in the yellow and blue can that's smaller and more expensive.
    If and or when you decide to make this blanket, if you have any questions, feel free to pm me, and I'll be happy to help you if I can.
    After I made this one, my son married, and a couple of years later I got to make it in the smaller version for my new grandson. It was fun and cute, too.
    Regards,
    Kif
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    I saw a tutorial on Youtube ( where I am learning just about everything ) where they used minkie to make a blanket but they 'stabablized' the edges with iron on paper. Is that necessary for this project or is that why all the pinning or spray basting is important?
    Thanks so much for the advice. Everyone is so nice here.

    Mandi

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    wow awesome
    God Bless you all.
    Heather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panderz View Post
    I saw a tutorial on Youtube ( where I am learning just about everything ) where they used minkie to make a blanket but they 'stabablized' the edges with iron on paper. Is that necessary for this project or is that why all the pinning or spray basting is important?
    Thanks so much for the advice. Everyone is so nice here.

    Mandi
    Hi Mandi,
    I've never seen stabilizing edges with iron on paper, so I can't be much help there. It sounds kinda like maybe they used iron on fusible. I'll have a look-see if I can find the YouTube video you're talking about.

    If you do the "birthing method" (rights sides together, stitch around, leave opening, turn blanket right sides out, top stitch close to edge, which will also close the turning opening) I use pins to hold the layers stable..plus minky is slippery, so I needed the extra hold. This is the method I used on this blanket.

    Right now I'm finishing a lil baby blanket using minky and flannel fabrics.
    On it I appliqued baby-to-be's name on the minky dot fabric. I'm using it as the back, and flannel on the front. For it I'm making it like a traditional quilt. Put minky down, wrong side up, spray with 505 baste spray, then put quilt top (in this case flannel) on top, right side up. You'll have the fabrics sandwiched with wrong sides together. Since I used the 505 spray, no need to pin. I sewed around the whole blanket, about a 1/4" from the edge. I'm then going to do a fold over binding.
    Meaning I previously cut the minky fabric about 5" larger than the blanket's top. I'm going to fold the minky fabric over from the back, fold the raw edge under, then stitch it down all around the blanet, making the binding.
    Similar to this nifty lil tutorial:

    http://thecraftingchicks.com/2011/08...implified.html

    I love the 505 basting spray, I've used it numerous times. It's the only basting spray I'll use, as it doesn't gum up my machine, has no odor, and I get it for a great price at sewforless.com.
    Hope this isn't "clear as mud".
    Regards,
    Kif
    Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest~Mark Twain

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