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From: crin54
Date: 08-08-2006, 08:24 AM (1 of 2)
my 4 yr old son is in LOVE with the movie Cars (Disney/Pixar) so i bought some Cars fabric from EBay and decided that I would try to make him a quilt from it, actually i am going to try to make 2 ( one for my 16 month old too). I was planning on just doing 6" squares with a 6" border around the whole thing. I know about the whole 1/4" seam allowance and all. I was going to just back the quilt with the cars fabric and on the front alternating red and blue squares with a blue border around the whole thing on the front and there are 6 cars characters that i am going to cut out and fuse (amd maybe sew around) onto the squares. i am planning on 'birthing' the quilt where you sew around the front back and batting and then turn it right side in and blind stitch the opening. then i think i may tie knots through the 3 layers at each square's corners.

i am looking for any tips for it all before i start with the quilt and the fusing
i was also looking for tool suggestions like favorite brands for fusing and rotary cutters etc.

User: crin54
Member since: 08-07-2006
Total posts: 1
From: HeyJudee
Date: 08-08-2006, 09:04 AM (2 of 2)
Hi Corinne, welcome to SWN. The plans for your quilt sound great. Here is a web-site that has videos about quilting. She even has one about birthing a quilt. THis may give you some help with what you want to do.

Another site I usually refer people to has put pages from Singer's Quilting Bible on-line. That was the first quilting book that I bought and used to learn quilting. This may help you too. Look under "Projets" where they have an article on Nine-Patch block which sounds like the type of quilt that you would be making.

Applique is the method that you would use to put the cars on the blocks. The method I would suggest is to use fusible web, such as Steam-a-Steam, or Wonder Under (which I get at a quilting store or at Walmart). Here is a site that explains how to do applique with fusible web. Just one thing, you need to use a teflon pressing sheet or, if you don't one, then I would recommend pressing between sheets of parchment paper to prevent getting any fusible on your ironing board and iron. Then you would sew around the edges either using a blanket stitch or a satin stitch.

Hope this helps.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
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