I wanted to share this lovely quilt I made for my mom’s birthday. 🙂 I had a handful of question on facebook on how I made this no-batting quilt, so here’s the scoop!
I used mostly home decorator-weight fabric which
made a thick and heavy blanket so no batting was needed.
The majority of the quilt top was pieced together using home-dec weight fabrics and some quilting cottons. The
border fabric is chenille, also home-dec weight. For the backing I used
a thick yet super soft home-dec weight fabric that I found from Joanne
Fabrics. A plus about buying home-dec fabrics is they’re typically sold
in 55-60″ widths so little to no preparation is need for the backing, depending on the size of the quilt you make.
Instead of making binding for the quilt, I assembled the quilt top to
the backing fabric like you would a baby blanket. Or in other words, I
took the quilt top and my backing fabric and with right sides facing
together I sewed a 1/4″ seam allowance around the perimeter of the quilt
leaving a 7-10″ opening. Then I turned the quilt right side out through
the opening and then whip-stitched the opening closed. To see a visual
on how I did this, see steps 2-4 of my easy baby blanket tutorial (but you can skip the ironing).
In addition, instead of machine quilting I simply tied this quilt using yarn. Here’s a tutorial on How to Tie a Quilt in case you’re interested.
The result is a super soft and heavy quilt. My mom said it is really warm too! 🙂 If you wanted to add batting, I would use a medium-loft batting and layer the quilt top, backing and batting the same as shown in step 4 of this coaster tutorial (but obviously it would be on a bigger scale).