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Little Blue Birdie Full of Fuzz

Flannel is not one of my favorite materials to work with on the machine.

There are so many options today with flannel I always feel a little guilty not going for it more often. However, the fuzz and lint from working with it drive me crazy. I always end up covered in lint and choking on the fuzz that inevitably floats around the room from the fabric.

When I saw this fabric however, I thought I’d give flannel another try. I picked up this super cute fat quarter bundle of flannel fabrics some time ago saying to myself it was time to retry flannel. I really love the colors and mix of blue and greens against the gray in this bundle. Something this cute would be worth it I told myself.

For this baby quilt I decided on the Single Irish Chain block. On baby quilts, I mostly stick with simpler pattern and apply a more modern quilting  design to give it a whimsical yet simple look. Babies are cute enough!

When piecing quilts I will always look for ways to chain piece. Even though my machine has a fantastic automatic cutter and it’s not a big deal to sew them individually, I love the efficiency of chain piecing.

I finished it with a green flannel border and the blue birds on each corner. I also added 7 rows versus the normal 5 so that the Irish chain would be on the first and last rows of the quilt.  The backing is also this green flannel that’s on the border.

For the quilting I went with the Orange Peel across each of the blocks. It coordinated well with the wave print fabric and ensures there will be some nice fluff out of the batting once this quilt gets its first washing and drying.

The finished quilt measures 37 inches by 48 inches. That’s slightly over-sized making it perfect for laying on the ground for playtime in addition to wrapping up to cuddle. With the top and backing both being flannel it has a little weight to it as well.

It turned out super cute!

However, now I must spend a day cleaning out my sewing machine! The fuzz and lint from flannel is undeniable.  This super sweet quilt however was worth the fuzz.

Do you work with flannel?  How do you curtail the fuzz?

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