My new products are almost always driven by my customers. This newest blanket I am calling the Girlfriend Blanket for several reasons. First, it is as wide as it is long – perfect for two to cozy under (just like these sister/girlfriends…..)
But also, because my customer created this blanket for her girlfriend. She gathered 25 shirts – not only from her past, but also purchased and/or designed these shirts for her! Now THAT’S a girlfriend!
We were on the phone quite a few times. She had a very specific design in mind because the order of the shirts meant something to her. The Michigan had to be central, which is a big reason shy she wanted a 5 x 5 design…. (I asked her if she was an engineer….) She liked this houndstooth fleece – I loved using a pattern for the backing!
The extra width means that I have to buy double the fabric and add a seam to the back.
I just love this! Your pretty daughters are precious! Reminds me of my sister! We giggle a lot when we are together!
I was so excited to get the blanket in the mail the other day! I haven’t given it to my friend yet until her birthday next week, if I can wait that long. It was fun to come up with what I would put on there. I started the process back in Sept. The five colleges represent her closest friends; either where they are from, the college they went to, or who they are die hard fans of. Some are rivals 🙂 I also did a square representing her husband and four kids. Other than that I did her likes, sayings we have, places we have been etc. or things that when I see them I associate them with her. Anyway, deciding who to do the sewing and what kind of blanket I wanted as the finished product was the hardest. Most people do these big quilt things with quilting fabric, lot’s of detail, and it ends up so expensive and becomes more like an heirloom that you might put away or hang on a wall. She loves blankets and I wanted something comfy she would use, yet be sturdy too. I searched and searched and I have to say “you know what you are doing Jane”. The sewing alone is the best quality and I loved that we talked a bunch and got to know each other a little bit so you could understand exactly what I was wanting. I will post what she thinks of the blanket next week or have her post too. Thank you again so much. I will also spread the word about your baby blankets because I know TONS of women just having babies or about to. Thanks
That’s really cool!