Towards the end of my pregnancy, I decided to treat myself to some quick finishes. A few fabric representative samples and some minky yardage picked up from the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild Destash Sale, and I was underway. After arranging the pre-cut rectangles of various sizes into a preposed arrangement on the floor, I began piecing. If you intend to attempt likewise, I have a few pointers, as minky is a slippery little devil.
- Use a 1/2" seam allowance.
- Do not iron; minky melts.
- Pin generously along the edges to kept them aligned while stitching.
- Use a walking foot.
To assemble the blankets pillowcase-style, I placed the right sides of the back and front together, stitched around the edge (leaving a gap for turning), and pulled the fabric through the hole. The opening was sealed with permanent fabric glue. I could have top-stitched around the edge instead, but I opted for the carefree route. I created on blanket for my older son to take to school for kindergarten nap, and another for my daughter, as a consolation for acquiring a brand new and demanding sibling.
Should you choose to accept the challenge of conquering the piecing of minky, I found some useful references. Quilting Adventures, The English Geek, and Superior Threads have some excellent suggestions for getting minky to cooperate. Whereas, see Greener Grass Handmade for a blanket construction tutorial.