Denyse Schmidt Solids Obsession

Denyse Schmidt Solids Obsession

So. I have a problem. I freely admit it. I love this box of fabric……   Like really love. So much so that when I bought my first box, I wouldn’t open it and use it. It made me sad to see think of the beautiful rainbow of not quite full hue colors being separated from one another. I just wanted to hug and pet them just the way they were! I seriously had to buy a second box so I could crack into the first! I wanted to use them and keep them. Since you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I decided to put them together with my favorite pattern – simple patchwork. I had tons of denim laying around so I made 9 patches alternating a color with the denim both right side up and upside down.   I’d never really worked with denim before so I didn’t notice that mine had a little stretch to it. It warped it a bit, but I’ve never been known to care about things like that! Now I have a nice wall hanging that displays all the colors nicely. Perhaps I should actually hang it on the wall....
Halloween Themed Weighted Blanket

Halloween Themed Weighted Blanket

That time I made a weighted blanket – It uses poly beads purchased by the bag at JoAnn. I used basic calculations for my body weight and attempted to make a 20 lb blanket. I failed to account for the batting, fabric, and thread so it is closed to 24 pounds. I choose the size by adding 12″ height and width beyond my size.   To get it done – I pieced the top with simple squares then basted it with a super thin batting and backing. I used the square shapes to put all the vertical quilting in. I used one straight line stitch the full length of the quilt on either side of the seam.  I basted the edges closed (except the top) and went attached the binding from the second block to the top all the around to the matching block on the other side leaving the top open. I ended up with tubes open all the way to the bottom of the quilt. I picked up a cheap PVC pipe at the hardware store, a plastic funnel, and a kitchen scale. Using the estimated final weight of the blanket, I divided by the number of squares I had. In my case it was .87 pounds of beads per square. Once I distributed beads across the bottom row in each tube, I closed the tube with a straight stitch on either side of the seam closing the squares. Wash rinse and repeat to the top row of squares. Why a seam on each side? The idea is to prevent the seams from having to support the...