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If you would like help with the assembly process, feel free to contact me. I have taught quilting for many years and would be glad to help. I also have many quilt books and patterns that I would be glad to share.
By Ann from Loup City, NE
This is my first and hopefully not last attempt at making a keepsake comforter for a new granddaughter. It was made with 8" squares of pale pink, purple, and yellow cotton with an off white backing and edge. The dimensions were 32 1/2" width and 45" length.
The pink satin ruffle was purchased at Walmart and the butterflies were from a lace overlay hand sewn on. The ribbon was woven through flat lace and I added yoyos made of the different colors. I hand quilted around each square. It's nothing really fancy but something that in years to come maybe she can drag around a comforter that mamaw made.
By Sharon, KY
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I am in desperate need of a baby quilt kit or design featuring Thomas the tank engine (or any train really). If anyone has something like that with instructions or knows of a source for it I would really be grateful. Thanks,
Head to your local Walmart. They have Thomas there in Polar Fleece and in regular fabric. If you choose the polar fleece then all you have to do is a blanket stitch (directions can be found on the internet) around the edge with floss or you can crochet an edge with yarn or easiest is to fringe the fabric with a pair of sisscors for a finished edge. Polar fleece does not ravel so you really don't have to do anything.
Right sides facing, sew around sides leaving a 1/4 seam allowance. Cut batting to size and lay on fabric THAT HAS NOT BEEN TURNED grab the corners and turn holding on to batting. Now lay the whole thing flat. Take a pen and put evenly spaced dots on the fabric. At each one of these dots you are going to take a couple of stitches and the tie a knot. This is called a handed knotted quilt. When done turn in the edges of the open end and whip stitch closed. I hope this helps.
Using a picture of Thomas, or a coloring book picture of a train, the simpler the better, create an applique using whatever fabrics or colors you desire. You could enlarge this with a copier and make 1 big train applique or make blocks with smaller trains. If you do a big train it might be fun to stuff the individual parts by slitting the back and stuffing lightly, close up the slit by hand before you add the quilt back!
Keepsake Quilting also had a kit for Thomas the train a few issues ago.1-800-865-9458. The fleece one froim Walmart sounds cuddly and easy.
What you do is go to your web browser and type in Free Coloring Pages of Thomas the Tank, then hit search. When you go through the pages in the Coloring book you print them off and enlarge them so that you can use for applique or you ask the place you enlarge them to put them on graph paper for paper piecing
COLOR BOOKS are great for pictures. Or draw the picture yourself. To make it even easier, once you have a picture of a train, cut it out with a second layer of muslin or a piece of old sheet. with right sides together, sew around leaving an opening. Turn it right side out. So now you don't have to worry about seams that are hard to turn. just sew it on by hand or do a zig-zag stitch around the edge.
If you are still looking for Thomas the train Fabric, I got some at Wal Mart today.
I can't find Thomas Fleece anywhere. They don't have it at out local fabric store or Wal-Mart. have checked everywhere. Does anyone know where I can find it? Thanks.
the COLLECTOR CONNECTION.COM HAS LOTS OF THOMAS TANK FLEECE BEDDING i WAS JUST THERE
There's a company called Ticche and Bea that makes a product called the Baby Clothes Quilt Kit. You could use it to create the quilt-- they give you materials, supplies & directions. I just found some Thomas the Train fabric at JoAnn's. Hope this helps!
The Thomas the Train fabric I'm looking for has squares of Thomas trains. One with #1 Thomas, another with #2 Gordon. Where can I find it?
WalMart has both the Thomas fabric and the blocked panels that can be used to make the of a quilt or pillow.
How do I make a rag baby quilt and is there a pattern? What size blocks are used?
Grami Fran from Utica, NY
There is a very easy baby rag quilt. I used 4" o 5" squares of cottons. Multiple colors are good for a good raggy look. Take 2 sqs back to back and stitch to 2 more sqs back to back using a 1/2" seam. Make a row of these as long as you want the quilt. Make more rows to make the width you want. Stitch the rows together with the 1/2" seams. This makes all the seams allowances on one side. NOW- use strong scissors and clip all those seam allowances. You will want to cut some bulk out of the intersections and space the clips about 3/8" to 1/2". Wash the quilt and dry it. Watch when drying because you will need to clean the lint trap a few times. Every time the quilt is washed, the seam allowances will become fuzzier. I made several for my grand nieces and nephews. They love them.
yes there are patterns.
But they are really simple to make.
Pick your fabrics for the front & back.
Cut it all into SQ. (What ever size you want)
if the quilt is to be used in a could area use batting in between the fabric sqs . Cut the batting 1/2" smaller then you cut the fabric.
I live in the south and use flannel on at least one side so I leave out the batting on most quilts.
After everything is cut you can start sewing. take 1 back & 1 front SQ. (batting if your using it place in the middle) with wrong sides together sew an X do this to all SQ.
Then you can start sewing your rows.
Start with 2 sewn SQ Place Back to Back sew a 1" seam ad the next Sq in the row .continue till that row is finished Do the same with all rows then sew all rows together the same was Back to Back 1" seam.
Then sew around the out side edge of the quilt 1"
Now the Fun starts Clip all the seams & the outside edge about 1/2" clips (don't clip into the seams)
After it is all clipped wash & dry it a few times.
I hope this is clear
Thank you, suem1009 and denimangle, for your feedback. I just made four squares for a test run to see which combination of fabrics works best.
I used flannel as my batting, the same size as the block. I used flannel as one good side block, and homespun, which rags well, as the other side. Then I used a block with all three parts of the block in flannel. I am not sure I like any of the looks. I have a pair of those special spring loaded clips for rag quilts, that's great. The problem on my test squares, I made 4, 2 on top and sewed 2 under them. You know what I mean. Just a 4 block quilt, like the size of a pillow. I used 1" seams to get a fluffer look. I seem to get messed up on the outside corners, not sure which direction to clip. I clip then it looks like a have a chunk of material that is about to fall off. Then when I clip the cross seams, the middle where all the seams intersect is way to bulky. I also didn't get as much ragging as I expected. I have made myself a large bed rag quilt a few years ago and that was less trouble. But this is for my brand new GREAT grandbaby and it has to be perfect. Could use more help or perhaps websites that are clear with their directions and pictures up close.
You can make your patches as big or as small as you want -- I recommend a 7 inch square for a baby quilt. Here's some easy tips -- go to a glass shop & ask them to cut plexiglass squares for a template. Then just use a rotary cutter to cut the squares. You can cut several layers of fabric at a time. I got 3 plexiglass squares of varying sizes for $5.00!
instead of cutting batting & having it shift during sewing, just use several layers of flannel cut the same dimensions as your patches & sandwich them between the patches instead of batting.
With no backstitching, sew an "x" through each patch. Then, sew your patches into rows with a 1 inch seam allowance & backstitch. Then lay your rows out & sew them together into the quilt with a 1 inch seam allowance -- backstitch your rows Then, make cuts in your seam allowances, through ALL the layers of fabric (including the flannel -- DON'T slice through your stitching!) to create the "raggy" appearance. The flannel used instead of stuffing will add to the raggy effect, making it look fluffier.
Before using your rag quilt, wash it to fluff out the fringes & add to the raggy appearance. For the first 2 or 3 times it is washed, watch your dryer's lint trap -- it WILL need to be emptied out in the middle of the cycle, because of the threads coming off the rags. Rag quilts are a bit time consuming & a LOT of cutting, but the sewing technique is EASY!!!! It is a great project for beginners & teenagers!
I am wondering if the ragged edges might be a choking hazard if baby tends to chew or play with the edges.
Also, I have made four quilts using different brands and qualities of flannel. Every one of them "ragged" differently. The lesser qualties tended to fray more and look the prettiest but not sure if they would last as long.
Thank you all for the help you gave me. I finished my quilt for my great granddaughter.She was born in Feb. and weighed in at 10Lbs. close to 11. The quilt was a big hit and I am told it is her favorite quilt. Most of the time, mom and baby are covered with the quilt as they nap. Didn't have any problem with little threads coming out after I had washed it twice. I used Downey fabric softner which made it smell nice and made it nice and soft. I didn't know if it was a boy or girl when I started the quilt, so I used either baby themed fabric. When I knew it was a girl, I made a 4 sq. pillow cover in pink themed blocks. Such a good feeling that it is being used with love, plus it is so soft and cozy for cuddle time. Thanks again.
Does anyone have a fast, easy quilt idea for a new baby?
Nicole from Canada
If you're not into sewing or just don't have the time, make a tied fleece blanket. They are easy and only require a few hours of your time. You can even make them while watching your favorite television program. There are a lot of website that have instructions and measurements.
I've bought the most adorable baby quilts from a lady on Ebay! Her work is gorgeous and the prices are incredible! You can even have her make you a custom order if you want. If you are familiar with Ebay, all you have to do is go to 'community' and enter: barbnally in the box that says 'find a member.' (That's the quilt lady's ebay name.) Then it will bring up a list of names that match that name or are similar.
You'll know you've got the right name if next to the name it says from Tampa, FL. Then you just click on 'seller's items' at the far right and you'll go directly to the items she has for sale. I swear you will love this woman's quilts! GORGEOUS! Hope that helps! -Lee
My family has made mulitple quilts for the grandchildren by sewing flannal squares together into rows, and then sewing the rows together to form a big square (quilt size square). Then we attach batting (the white, soft stuff in most quilts) and a fleece square (as large as the flannal square part) on the back and sew together. Then just pull thread through every other square to insure that the batting doesn't slip around when it's washed. I hope this helps. The tying quilt idea works really well also. It's quick, easy, soft and looks really cool when finished.
I am going to be a grandma, and I am looking for an easy patchwork quilt for a baby.
I am looking for a baby quilt pattern. It was of two lady mice and a mushroom house.
I believe it was in an old copy of McCall's needlework and Crafts. Does anyone have it or know where it can be found on internet? Thanks.
Karen from Red Oak, OK