Friday, October 1, 2010

Yes, you can quilt licensed fabric: Thomas blanket

My Curves are better then Thomas' Corners.
Most little boys I know like Thomas.   Just embrace it and get out that walking foot. 

My pal came up with this neat project for her little guys.  She took a piece of 40 X 60 inch licensed Thomas fabric and created a quilt.  Using her walking foot, she took advantage of the existing print and quilted around each engine's frame.  You should get the idea by looking at the reverse side of the quilt, below.  The reverse blue fabric is from Ikea and the quilt binding is an "orange-not quite-but almost red" polka dot cotton.  The finished quilt is wonderful.

This is not an instant gratification project.   This sort of project takes time, but it is the sort of project which the little guys will treasure and mama will feel a sense of accomplishment.

And yes, that's why you sew.

P.S. For those of you who are not quilters (guilty), my pal offered these tips:

1. Invest in the walking foot. It really does help maintain proper tension, and in the end will save a lot of time and aggravation.

2. It is physically challenging to manage such a large sewing project . It helps to have a large work surface adjacent to your machine to support your heavy quilt "sandwich".

3. Be gentle. Feeding the entire quilt sandwich through the opening in your machine when trying to "quilt" the middle of the blanket can be tricky. You don't want to damage your machine or break a needle, so be gentle.

4. For this project, she cut binding strips 2 1/4" wide, sewed them together on the bias to make one long strip and pressed it in half lengthwise. She attached the binding using a 1/4" seam allowance on the right side of the quilt, aligning raw edges. She didn't realize how important the exact seam allowance was until she started hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt, and in those places where the seam allowance was slightly larger than 1/4", the binding, when folded over to the back of the quilt, didn't cover the stitching line. Moral of the story: Stay true to the 1/4" seam allowance and you won't have to unpick your stitching and restitch!

5. When in doubt consult the internet!Cluck Cluck Sew has a very good guide to finishing a quilt with step by step colour photos. Similarly, Oh Fransson offers a lot of helpful tips and hints on completing the various stages of a quilt.


  1. Love it!! My son would adore this. I've had a Thomas panel sitting in my stash for ages and really must dig it out and get 'er done!

  2. Wow! That looks great! I really want to learn how to quilt! Also, just wanted to stop by and thank you for your lovely comment! I'm new here so they mean the world!


  3. Thanks for sharing this!! My son is so into trains right now :)


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