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: