Quankets

The quilts I make are not traditional “quilted” quilts. I like to refer to them as quankets (pronounced ‘kwang-kits’). Quilted quilts are when the patch-worked top is then “quilted” onto a backing piece of fabric, with a layer of batting in between. This is typically done using a long arm sewing machine (which I don’t have) or by hand (which I don’t have the patience for).

It has never been my intention for my quilts to be works of art: they’re pretty, and that works for me. More so, I want them to be functional warming devices. When I began quilting years ago, I chose to use a blanket to back the patchwork tops I sew, mainly because of the two aforementioned items regarding how to make a traditional quilt, but also because blankets are soft and cuddly. The first blanket-backed quankets I made were in the early 1990’s, before fleece was even available in the local fabric store! I would purchase the fuzzy-style blankets to use for my backing. But now, with fleece becoming so accessible, it is much more affordable than buying and cutting up blankets, and it is much easier to color-match the blanket backing to the top. The best part of a blanket-backed quilt is that it gets used – at least in my house they do!

If you’d like to learn more about the process for making a quanket, check out these posts:

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2 thoughts on “Quankets

  1. i dont understand why you sew the binding before to sew the blanket and how to sew the binding to the blanket
    thanks if you can tell me
    best regards

    • I sew the binding to the top piece, and then fold it over to the back. This sandwiches the blanket under the binding piece brought from the front. I then stitch in the ditch from the front side. On my next quanket, which should be in the next few weeks, I will try to capture a few more pictures to better show and explain this step.
      Thanks for following!

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