Monday, February 12, 2007

A Few Pictures & Why The Skinny Quilt is Not Worth Adding To

I'll link these up to the posts they belong with later on.

Ruthie wondered if it would be possible to add fabric to the skinny quilt to make it wider. Its a great suggestion but I don't think its worth the effort in this case. The quilts are a bit uneven and lumpy/bumpy because I didn't realize that the edges of storebought quilts usually have the batting rolled. Amy Dacyzyn describes this in detail in the Complete Tightwad Gazette.

This rolling creates a thicker edge or, in the case of a quilt that's been cut down the middle, three thick edges and one skinny one. I suspect adding on to it would make the skinny edge look even skinnier while making the fatter edge look even fatter. I guess what I'm really saying is, it would look shabby and while I'm into frugal, I'm not into looking low quality. This project was clearly a freshman effort at frugality.

Part of what I love about living a frugal life is being able to wow people with my creative solutions. When I made the kitchen towel rack out of an old barbeque grill grate, I was tickled because the finish product looks nothing like the raw materials.

I like Jacq's idea of using them as curtain panels. The skinnier edges could match up in the center making them look more deliberate. Plus I still have the matching pillow cases which could become tie backs. Part of being frugal is looking at old things in new ways.

Here's a peek at the dreaded skinny quilt

Here's a peek at one of the the blankets I crocheted for the boys last year.

Here's a peek at the denim quilt, no peeking at the mess on the floor around the quilt!


Anonymous said...

Your denim quilt is awesome. I think it turned out so great.

Jacq said...

I have a lot of saved denim to make a denim quilt. I won't admit how long I have been saving it though! LOL I was going to use colourful yarn to tie it with. Hopefully used bits that I can get from my mother (who knits and crochets the two crafts that I do not do! LOL).

Is it possible for you to reuse the skinny quilts as curtain panels? Quilts are great for insulating windows.

Katie said...

Thanks Crystal!


I confess, I've been saving denim a long time. What a great idea to use the skinny quilts as curtain panels! I was just thinking the sheer curtains in the computer room had to be replaced with something heavier.