Thursday, February 08, 2007

Beware the Skinny Quilt!

You never know where you're going to meet a fellow thrift store shopper. Last night at knitting class, the teacher confessed in conversation that she found the sweater she was wearing at the local Salvation Army thrift store. It was hand knit and had really lovely detail. I wouldn't have pegged her as the thrift store type. It just shows you can never tell.

The skinny quilts were one of my early frugal projects. I took an older queen size quilt, cut it in half and then covered the two halves in matching sheets that I no longer used. The result was matching quilts for my sons that were the perfect size for their bunkbeds. That was about 4 years ago and they've worked wonderfully up until now. As the boys have gotten bigger the narrowness of these quilts which was such an asset in the beginning has become a source of aggravation since everytime they roll over, they uncover part of their body.

Although the boys deny that there's any problem and insist they love their current quilts, it looks like I'll be making two heavy quilts in the very near future. To avoid this pitfall, make sure you have at least a 12 inch overhang on both sides when making a quilt. Thankfully I did this with the denim quilts


Ruthie said...

Katie -- could you still try to add a nice fabric over hang to the current skinny quilts or would it be too much work?

Katie said...


Its a good idea 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 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.