Short cuts, I like 'em.
If you can do something the easy way,
why make life a little harder on yourself?
I'd much rather cut some corners so I have some extra time to spend with my nephew, friends, and other projects.
I've spent a long time looking for a duvet cover or comforter that would work with the look I was going for, but didn't cost $200+.
Ain't nobody got funds for that!
Then I found Crystal's tutorial for a "cheater quilt" on her blog, A Little Bit Funky, and thought, "I can do that!"
So I did.
I've had an inexpensive down-like comforter for a while now. I picked it up at Target on sale for $25. I purchased random cuts of coordinating fabrics and some fusible webbing. I used white thread on the entire project because the thread carries from square to square so I wanted it to blend in there.
I'll leave all of the how-to details to Crystal and her tutorial. For now, I'll share my thoughts and lessons on the project.
1) Taking on this project seemed like a simple task, and it was for the most part, but it was tedious. Wash the fabric, iron the fabric, cut the fabric, iron it again to press the edges under, iron it again to do the fusible webbing, iron them again onto the comforter, THEN sew it. If you don't like ironing, you may not find this project very relaxing. I was soooooooo tired of ironing by the time this was done.
2) I underestimated the task of getting the larger sections of my comforter through the small space of my sewing machine. By getting it through, I mean STUFFING it through. Oy, was that a challenge!
3) I initially thought I'd sew around each square individually, but when I encountered challenge #2 above, I realized that was not going to happen, so I went with Crystal's technique of sewing in lines down the quilt from square to square.
But, don't get me wrong here, ladies and gents.
Now that it's done, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
Luna loves it too.
I'd had it finished all of 5 minutes when
she came over and gave it two paws up.
Get it? Two paws up?! I crack myself up sometimes.
When the entire project was done, I couldn't wait to put it on my bed to see it in all its glory.
I also love the fact that the back is still a basic white comforter that just has a few extra stitching lines.
How gorgeous is this thing?
The room is really coming together!
This project is being shared on some of these lovely blogs.