I love blogs! Truly. I have gotten so many fabulous ideas and created some great projects, from lurking in blog land.
Last fall I ran across this post about quilted alphabet letters at the cutest blog - Happy Together. I thought - hmmm, I could do that for my bug. And then I thought - I could do that for the play group, and a cousin, and another friend. Pretty soon I was up to 7 sets of letters. That is 182 letters people. And it was great!
All of the kids loved them. And it really wasn't that bad to make so many. I did a few sets at a time. But I did learn a few things. Let me share. I did use batting as a layer and I highly recommend that versus just the front and the back. I spray basted mine after the first set was pinned. Well worth it - so much easier. I used chenille from an old robe on 2 sets, denim on the three boys sets, a fuzzy minky like fabric from a thrift store robe on 1 set and then flannel on the last set. All worked out great for the backing. The flannel was the easiest and still turned out great. I did not clip my edges and they frayed very nicely. I did the outline and then a few echo lines within the letters. Until the last two sets. By then I was tired so I just did the outline quilting. And I have to say, I think I like just the outline the best.
So when I do the numbers I think I'll just do the outline. :-)