I had been admiring Anneliese’s heirloom cut chenille baby blanket over on the Aesthetic Nest for a while, when my husband Jaime suggested we make a version of this blanket. Although Jaime often helps with projects that I am working on, it is pretty rare that he suggests we take on a craft project so I was very excited to make this with him. This was an ambitious project for us as this was my third sewing project–the first two being clutches for my bridesmaids and our wedding programs. Jaime had a bit more sewing experience having also sewn a pillow in sixth grade. Despite having so little sewing experience, we were thrilled with the results of this project.
We used Jomo Jungle Border Nursery Fabric with four pieces of cotton flannel in three colors (light blue (2 layers), light yellow-green, and a cream) from Joann’s.
Before starting this project we washed, dried, and ironed all of the fabrics. We cut the fabrics to approximately 44″ square. We then followed Anneliese’s directions through the quilting.
Because we had used a lighter weight backing and four layers of flannel (instead of the three Anneliese used) we carefully cut through the outer three layers of flannel, leaving the printed cotton backing and the layer of flannel closest to the printed cotton backing to form the base of the blanket. The chenille cutter was extremely helpful, but requires careful attention to avoid accidentally cutting the forth layer of flannel.
We then followed Anneliese’ directions up until the binding, but we used the binding as-is so our border is much thicker than Anneliese’s.