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Today as a part of Riley Blake Designs?Stitchin’; Kitchen Christmas Blog Tour, I’;m sharing a tutorial for this simple double gauze quilted blanket. Keep reading to learn how to make the blanket yourself and find out how to get my favorite gingerbread cookie recipe!

Those of you that are participating in my Block of the Month series know that I’;m working on a Christmas quilt with some of the blocks that I’;m making. I’;ve had making a Christmas quilt on my “;to do”; list for a few years now and thought it would be a great time to tackle it.

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The project is going to take a year (block of the month, 12 blocks, 12 months) which is okay with me (less overwhelming that way) but I still wanted a fun Christmas blanket to put on the couch during the month of December.

I spotted the new Riley Blake double gauze fabrics on their website a few months ago and fell in love. Especially with that red gingham! I had not sewn with double gauze a lot in the past and thought this would be a good time to tackle another project with it.

Double gauze is pretty much just what it sounds like…; a gauzy fabric (think gauze bandages but a million times softer and nicer). It’;s commonly used to make baby blankets. ?After washing?it crinkles up and becomes super soft and light.

I thought the lightweight nature of the material would make a great throw blanket.

Before you tackle this project let me tell youfunny pillow cases, if you’;re particular about straight seams and precise measurements then double gauze might not be for you. ?It’;s soft and billowy and not really suited for precise piecing. ?It also does fray, so be prepared to snip threads off of it (I thought I got all mine off until I looked at the photos and realize that I missed a bunch …;.grrr…; so not perfect, Sorry!!

To make the blanket you’;ll need:

2 yards of double gauze for front of blanket (I used Riley Blake Sparkle Double Gauze –; it has gold threads woven into it)

2 yards of double gauze for back of blanket (I used Riley Blake Double Gauze in red gingham)

1/2 yard of double gauze for binding

piece of 100% cotton or cotton blend batting 60″; x 72″; (I used white quilters dream cotton)

DO NOT prewash your fabrics.

There are not any photos of the steps in this process because it’;s pretty straight forward. This is a whole cloth quilt which means that there is no piecing.

Simply make a sandwich with your cotton batting in the center of the two fabrics. Baste it very well (I recommend spray baste and pins) then quilt as desired.

My original intention with this blanket was to hand tie it, but I lost my nerve and realized I didn’;t have the correct fame to do it. I still want to hand tie it and might later, so instead, I simply quilted a small circle around the ‘;s on the fabric. I quilted every 4th . It gave me enough quilting to hold it together but not so much that it interfered with the loft of the blanket. Double gauze lends itself very well to hand quilting also. I would not recommend a dense quilting pattern. You want just enough to hold the layers together and keep the batting from bunching up.

After you’;ve quilted it, square up your edges and bind. I used 2 1/2″; wide binding and just bound it the way I bind all of my other quilts (I do recommend hand stitching down the binding in the 2nd step, not machine binding). ?I did use a bit of spray starch to help the binding keep its shape.

Now just throw it in the washer and dryer and it will come out soft and fluffy! ?(and yes, we have the build a bear Rudolph characters, apparently even teenagers still love Rudolph!)

As a part of the Riley Blake tour we’;ve been asked to share a favorite Christmas recipe. This gingerbread cookie recipe is one that our family makes every year. The cookies are crisp but not hard or dry, they have just the right amount of “;chewy”; to them. I also think that the spices are balanced just right.

For the Gingerbread cookie recipe click HERE

For tips on decorating the cookies click HERE.

Machine embroidery is nothing new, but I hope to show you how we can transform this classic style toward new, hip, and modern forms that are whimsical yet refined crossing all generations of sewists. For today’s project we are mixing media and taking embroidery from our favorite BERNINA machines over to the oven! Whether you’re a seasoned machine embroiderer or you’re considering investing in a new module this tutorial was written in a way to inspire you to think about different ways that we can inject color into the world but also show you how quick and easy embroidery can be when you start small.

Now that boating season has come to an end, we’re so excited to start decorating the lake cottage. We want to make the girls feel right at home and create a special space for them to enjoy – a magic little hideaway that’s a bit different from our home.I’ve partnered with PPG Paints to bring this project to life. You know I adore cream paint colors, but I thought the girls’ bunk room was the perfect space to play with color. Nothing too crazy, just a few of my favorite hues paired together to create a playful room.The bunk room is actually on the lower level of the lake cottage, limiting the amount of light it receives, so I plan to keep the color light and airy. I’m thinking of this blush for the walls – I love?PPG Paints creamy muted colors!Because this is our second home, I’m working on a limited budget. We opted for really inexpensive bunk beds with natural wood.When we purchased our home in St. Louis, my lifelong friend Tori gave us?this darling picture that says “happy girls are the prettiest.” I agree, there’s nothing more beautiful than a smile. I love it’s cottage charm and soft, dusty blue. It’s my?inspiration for their bedroom. I like to start with a piece that has significance to it.I fell in love with these florals and thought the pretty pinks, reds, and greens would be the perfect compliment to my inspiration art.I want their room to feel calm, dreamy, fun and playful. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Come along?and see how I select paint color!So far, I’ve purchased the beds, bedding, lighting and a natural rug. I still need a few accents, art and a piece of furniture to go between the beds. I started?shopping?for a piece, but realized I was at a loss of what to find, so I created a mood board to help me complete the room. I’ve contemplated everything from a dresser to a chest.I’ll be capturing this project along the way so that you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how I decorate a room from scratch. I promise to spare you yoga pant photos.I’d love to know what you think of my concept. Anything you’d love to see or fun art pieces to integrate? If you’re planning a project of your own use this coupon to save $10! You can find your PPG Paints store here, I was surprised to find 3 within minutes?of our home.Come over to see how I transformed the room!This post is in partnership with PPG Paints, thanks for supporting the brands that make it possible to share fresh content with you regularly!