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How to make a Quick Cuddly Fleece & Flannel Quilt

How to make a Quick Cuddly Fleece & Flannel Quilt

Our Quilt Queen Darina shows us how to make a this cute, cuddly 2 Day Quilt, using Fleece and Flannel.

(it might take slightly more time for us mere mortals)

Darina shares her instructions for her Motorbike Quilt.  This technique can be used for any block size/layout you choose.  Similarly you can adapt the technique to use cotton with iron on fusible fleece


MATERIALS

  • Good Quality Fleece (see photos below)
  • Flannel for Backing
  • Parlane or Iron on Interfacing
  • Cotton Fabric for Binding - (block joins, and outside Binding) - make your own or purchase

We haven't included fabric amounts, as this is a technique you could adapt for any size embroider/hoop size or Quilt you would like.


STABILISER

Use a Stabiliser appropriate to your embroidery design - with a good Quality Fleece, and simple Applique, you could just use a no-show mesh Stabiliser, and the Fleece.  If your fabric is cotton/flannel/thinish, then it woud pay to add an iron on Interfacing or Parlane to the back of the fabric to add body, and a heavier stabiliser.   As a guide, Darina added Parlane to the back of her fabrics, and No Show Mesh as the Stabilser 


CUTTING GUIDE - GENERAL

Decide on the finished size you want the blocks to be, and add 1 inch

ie 12inch Blocks, Cut 13 inch Squares

Use the same approach for corners/borders - finished size plus 1 inch


Flannel Motorcycle Quilt

Darina's gorgeous Motorcycle Quilt was made with designs from Quilt Blocks for Boys

Main Blocks - Motorcycle 

Corner Blocks - Applique Star

Borders - Small chain Motorcycle Blocks

Main Blocks were cut 13 inch square - trimmed down to 12 inch square after embroidery

Corner Blocks were cut to 7 inch square - trimmed down to 6 inch square after embroidery

Border Blocks were cut to 37 by 7 inch - trimmed down to 36 by 6 inch after embroidery


STEP ONE - EMBROIDER BLOCKS

Embroider chosen design

In the hoop Motorbike Block

Cut down to required finished Block size

Motorcycle block in the hoop

Back of Block showing trimmed Stabliser

Back of Motorbike Block


STEP TWO - CHOOSE LAYOUT

For the Bike Quilt, the Layout was simple - 3 rows of 3 blocks

(see below for other examples)

Motorcycle Quilt


STEP THREE - JOINING

This is the fun part

Zig Zag your blocks together

Join Fleece Blocks

Darina used a 5mm Zig Zag Stitch

Stitch Type

Joined Blocks

Join the blocks into rows, then join the rows

Join Rows

How simple is that!


STEP FOUR - BORDERS/CORNERS

Corner Star Blocks

For the Motorbike Quilt, Darina embroidered the small Chain Motorbikes and Applique Stars

Motorbike Borders


STEP FIVE - COVER JOINS

Use Bias Binding to cover your seams - Darina made 1.5 inch Bias Binding (Folded to 3/4 inch) in matching Fabric

You could use purchased Bias Binding, or Click her to see how to make your own

Pin, then stitch down both sides of the Binding

Complete inner blocks first, then Outer Blocks with slightly wide bias of 2 inch (Folded to 1 inch)

Cover Seams with bias


STEP SIX - ADD BACKING

Using quilt pins, Lay out the backing flannelette and quilt top and pin in every block corner, away from your stitching line

Pin Backing

Stitch through the centre of your binding to attach your backing


STEP SEVEN - ZIG ZAG EDGES

Zig zag all the way around the outer edge using lots of normal sewing pins to secure and prevent stretching of fleece

ZIG ZAG EDGE

(Easier to see in this photo)

zzedge2


STEP EIGHT - BIND QUILT EDGE

Again, click here to read how to add your binding, including mitred corners and seamless beginning and end

BIND QUILT

IT DOESN'T GET MUCH CUTER THAN THIS!!

Motorboikequiltandpillow

Blue Motorbike Quilt


VARIATIONS

Beautiful Coral Flannel Quilt

 Coral Quilt-02  CoralQuilt-03

Darina's stunning Coral Quilt is made with the same technique

Designs used:

Large Mandala and Floral Coasters

The blocks use Fleece, while the Coral Borders are a cotton fabric with iron-on fusible batting/fleece (makes the blocks the same weight as the fleece)

Darina cross quilted the coral border blocks 

Click here to read How to Cross-hatch Quilt

Coral Quilt in construction

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For this cutey, Darina used Designs from Gorgeous Girls, Denim Darlings and Butterflies Butterflies

QQ EMB DESIGN 01

Applique designs work well with fleece, or as Darina shows, simple redwork designs that don't get 'lost' in the pile.   Where Darina has used detailed fill embroidery, she has used the designs with applique frames, (included in design files) so you are actually embroidering on a cotton fabric on top of the fleecy pile.

Trendy Teens Embroidery



INFORMATION ON FLEECE

To keep with the super cuddly effect, Darina used a Good Quality Fleece (available from Spotlight Australia) One side is smooth, the other fleecy.  This not only gives you the cuddly effect, it has enough 'body', not to need batting/wadding

 QQ FABRIC 01  QQ FABRIC 02
QQ FABRIC 03 QQ FABRIC 04

This technique is not limited to fleece, you can use any fabric you like - you could use a a cuddly flannel, or a 'normal' cotton fabric.  You need to add a layer of iron on fusible batting to give the fabric enough body.

 QQ FABRIC 05

Flannel with iron on fusible fleece (shows front and back)

 QQ FABRIC 06

Coral Fabric is Cotton with fusible Fleece

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Posted: Tuesday 24 April 2018



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