Connor’s Caterpillar Heavy Hauler Truck Construction Quilt

For my eldest great grandson’s birthday I decided to make him a quilt featuring the Caterpillar heavy hauler truck, construction quilt.

  • The panel features a CATerpillar heavy hauler truck and measured 36″ x 44″

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  • I got a bit carried away with the borders and ended up with a quilt measuring 70″ x 90″, quite a large quilt for a young man. I keep telling myself that it will last him for a few years.
  • The first thing was to trim up the panel. I decided to keep as much as possible of the black outer edge.
  • I thought that keeping the black border add depth to the next border which has the the yellow construction trucks printed on it.
  • This border was 3 ½” finished.

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  • I felt that a 1.5″ yellow border was in order next, just to keep the colour theme going and to add brighten up the next border which is a 4½” mottled grey material.
  • Then I added another 2″ black border.

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  • Everything was coming together nicely, but now the quilt was becoming too square, so to make it more of a rectangle I added the black and yellow “construction” stripes to the top and the bottom of the quilt.
  • These construction strips measured 5¾”.

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  • Then it was just a matter of finishing off with a 6″ border featuring heavy construction vehicles.

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  • The back is dark grey with spots and I added a yellow stripe for interest.
  • Then it was time to have the the quilt top quilted. Chris from Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters quilted the quilt with construction vehicles and machinery. You can see the detail in the picture below.
  • She used a silver thread and it really makes the quilt pop.
  • I have to say that as always I just love the way she quilts my quilts.
  • The next time you are looking for someone to quilt your next quilt I highly recommend Chris.

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  • Once it was quilted it was time to trim the quilt and bind it.
  • I decided to use black binding. We looked at using the yellow or the grey, but decided that the black definitely added depth to the design.

 

Toddler Quilt – Axel’s Quilt – I See Animals Baby Quilt

i-see-animals-quilt,craft,sewingOne day you may buy a quilt kit and when you get it home it’s not quite what you were expecting. Well that happened to me. Some time ago I bought a quilt kit which I intended to make up for one of my great grandsons. When I got around to opening it, I was a bit disappointed as the pieces didn’t seem to go together, there was no coherent theme, the instructions were awful and it was just looked like a lot of mismatched, uneven scraps.

I actually considered tossing it in the bin. But Paula insisted we put the quilt together. So I set about cutting the pieces into two sizes of blocks. I found that there weren’t actually enough pieces of material to form all the blocks and I needed  to add some extras from the good old scrap stash.  I  also had to introduce  another colour to make up the 4 patch corner blocks.

As you can see I edged the larger blocks with smaller blocks.  I did consider putting sashing between the larger blocks but it didn’t look very good, so after a bit of discussion we decided to just go with the mish mash of blocks. It’s great to have someone to hash out designs with over a cup of tea.

Like everything, once I started putting it together, it became more appealing and by the time I had the border on, I was quite pleased with the result.

I ditch stitched around the inner border and just finished with a diamond pattern across the quilt. I think the design is fussy enough so it didn’t need too much quilting.

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  • Diamond Pattern.

  • Thought I would take a photo of the back. Should have hung it a bit better. I just need to iron it and send it off.

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Interview with Chris – The Long Arm Quilter

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Chris from Sew n Sew Sisters. Chris is a long arm quilter and we thought you might be interested to hear a bit about her quilting history and also to see her long arm machine in action.


During our chat we found out that there are a few things that you need to think about when getting a quilt professionally quilted.

For instance you need to make the batting and the backing at least 4″ wider ( all around) than the quilt top. This extra fabric and batting is needed so that your quilter has something to attach the tensioning wires to.

You also need to make sure you have enough backing.  When we had our first quilt done, we  didn’t even give it a thought, our backing wasn’t the wider backing that you generally use and it needed to be sewn together to make it big enough for the quilt, but we just took the material over. We now realise that we actually should sew the backing together before taking the quilt to be machined.

Chris told us how she determines what sort of design to use on the quilts. And I have to say she has been spot on with the quilts she has quilted for us.

We hope you enjoy hearing Chris’s quilting story and seeing her long arm machine in action.

Toddler Quilt – Arlo’s Baby Quilt – Kawaii Owls Quilt Panel by Riley Blake

To celebrate the birth of my fourth great grandson, Arlo Victor, I decided to make him a quilt using this Riley Blake Kawaii Owls quilt panel that I thought was rather cute. Unfortunately, this panel which was distributed by Riley Blake, has now been discontinued.

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The first thing I did was to cut off the label strip that runs along the bottom of the panel. I have used these on a number of kids quilts as I think they are quite cute.

For some reason a lot of quilt panels are skew-whiff and so it is necessary to straighten them before you can do too much with them  So this was just a matter of finding a line on the pattern that was straight then placing the ruler along that line and trimming the panel. I trimmed the panel leaving a ¼” all round the outside edge.   We will be doing a video tutorial on using  panels in the near future.

I decided to leave the panel in one piece. Depending on the panel I will sometimes cut the pictures apart, as I did with Heath’s Construction quilt but I thought this one looked cute just as it was.

I added an orange/yellow border around the panel. And then a larger turquoise blue border with the orange corners.

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  • For the back I made a checkerboard panel in the turquoise and orange, just to add some design  interest.

  • I ditch stitched around the inner border and then simply quilted the quilt with a diamond pattern.

  • The binding is the same colour as the blue backing fabric.

 

Toddler Quilt – Heath’s Quilt – Construction Machines

This is the quilt that I made for my great grandson Heath for his 3rd birthday.

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My daughter-in-law, Stacy, gave me a panel of construction vehicles.  I already had another Construction vehicles panel that I was planning to making for one of my great grandsons, and she thought I might like to make 2 quilts while I was on the go. At the time I didn’t realise she had actually given me two panels. When I got it home and had a look at it, I thought it was an odd panel as it was too wide and too short and it was from that point of view that I made the quilt.

This ‘Construction’ panel  was designed by Nancy J. Smith and Lynda S.Milligan for Alvin Inc.

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After laying out the panel, Paula and I had a round table talk about what to do and we decided that there was only one thing for it and that was to separate the pictures into individual blocks.

  • So I cut around each of the vehicle blocks, leaving a ¼” seam where possible, so that there was a bit of a buffer around each picture.
  • Then I lay the blocks out and moved them around until I was happy with the layout.

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Before going any further I had to decide on how big I wanted the centre piece and the overall quilt to be. I decided to make the centre 45½” wide and 63″ long. This meant building up the  centre blocks to these measurements.

  •  As the blocks were different sizes I had to add sashing to the smaller blocks to make them the same size as the largest block in each row.
  •  Once each of the blocks had their sashing added it was time to add some fillers to make the rows 45½” wide.
  • This was done by adding some contrasting stripes, some checkerboard panels and some horizontal stripes. The horizontal stripes are only ½” wide so they were fiddly to make.  If I made another one like this I would try and find some striped material to cut on the diagonal to get the same effect.

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  • Once all the rows were the same height and width, I sewed them together with light blue 2″ sashing between them.

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  • Close-up of the joining pieces and the sashing.

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  • Now that the centrepiece was sewn, it was still short so I built up the ends with black and yellow checkerboards to bring it up to 63″.
  • Then it was just a matter of adding the borders. I went with a 1″ black border to frame the centre panel, then added a 3″ yellow border and finally a 4½” blue border.

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  • I ended up not having enough of the dark blue for the backing and so decided to make it multicoloured to  use up the material I had on hand.

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  • The quilt was professionally quilted by Chris, the longarm quilter from Sew ‘n Sew Sisters.  She quilted the quilt with construction trucks which absolutely suits the theme of the quilt.
  • Here you can see the detail on the back of quilt.

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  • I then  bound the quilt in yellow to finish it off.

I have to say I am very pleased with the result.