My latest project is actually a remake of a very old one.  This was a quilt I made just under ten years ago, way before I knew anything about machine quilting or the online quilting world (did it even exist back then?).  Anyhow, it has been looking a little sad because I never quite finished the quilting like I had hoped.


I purchased these bright bandanas from Walmart for $1 each, and I thought they’d make a great beach blanket.  I was heading to Florida for college spring break with some friends, so I sewed the top and basted it and then hand quilted it in the car on the way down.  However, I only quilted along the seams.  These bandanas are about 20” square, so that leaves a lot of open unquilted area.  I had always intended to go back and do more quilting, but it just never happened.


It’s just a little too floppy for my tastes.  I also didn’t really know how to bind back then, so I did a flange type binding with mitered corners (don’t ask me how I came up with that method—I was self-taught), and they just weren’t holding up all that well.

I purchased a 31 outdoor blanket that folds up with a handle, and we tried it the other night when we went to the park—it’s TINY!!  Basically, it would only seat me and the baby.  My husband and 3 year old were kind of out of luck.  So, since this was our outdoor blanket before, I’ve decided to make a few modifications to make it just as handy with a handle/strap as the 31 blanket, but big enough to fit our whole family.  It’s a full size, about 80” square, so it’s great for a park/picnic blanket.


I’ve ripped out all the hand quilting, so I have all the pieces.  It only took me a couple of hours—much easier than ripping out machine stitches.  Now I just have to press everything and requilt it (on the machine this time!).  I’ll keep you posted so you can see how it turns out.


  1. I remember that one! So fun! It’s so sad to see it all torn apart.

  2. I am always impressed to see someone update old projects with new skills. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. What a good idea to redo this one! I think it will be wonderful!!!

  4. Great idea! I bought that 31 blanket too, it is useless!

    • Tara Hines says:

      Tell me about it– I’m sure they had the size written in the description, but actually seeing it in person is another thing. It will definitely only accommodate one person. I think I’m going to put mine on a yard sale since we don’t use it.

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