By Dawn, Jul 6 2018 08:18PM
Sometimes don't you just want to snuggle up in a quilt someone else made, or spend time admiring it. When I seen this genius playmat designed and made by Michelle from CreativeBlonde with the little vehicles ready to roll on the linen trackways, I would just loved to have played with it there and then :)
Michelle's gorgeous "Are we there yet" Quilt and Playmat is made with a Honeybee Cloths "Slice of Layer Cake - Mighty Machines bundle" - providing twelve co-ordinating 10" squares, at a fraction of the price of a whole Layer cake. It's a perfect make for the little ones in your life, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Enjoy this super tutorial x X
Are we there yet?…
Designed and pieced by Michelle Roberts at creativeblonde - www.creativeblonde.co.uk
The perfect quilt for any young person, who love cars and trucks. This quilt fits a first bed, so its great for that transition from cot to bed. Doubles as a playmat, so they can take it everywhere.
I used a beautiful new collection called ‘Mighty Machines’ by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts. This collection is available as prints from Honeybee Cloths
• Twelve 10” squares from the Mighty Machines collection
• 38” x 47” Tilda Stars for the backing
• 38” x 47” wadding
• 1 metre of grey linen, for border and roads
• 180” cream linen bias binding
• White and grey thread
• Iron-away marker pen
• Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors
• Iron, pins, 505 basting spray
Finished size: 36” x 45”
Making the quilt
1.Take three 10” squares and sew together RST to create a row, using ¼” seam allowance. Press seams towards the centre.
Repeat this process with three more squares, only this time press seams towards the outer edges.
2. Sew these two rows together, places them RST, and nesting the seams (note the seams will lay in opposite directions). Press seams.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining 10” squares, see photo below for placement (this is optional, as the squares can be placed in any order).
To create the border, cut two strips from the grey linen, measuring 29” x 4” and sew with RST to the top and bottom of the quilt. Cut two more strips measuring 45” x 4” and sew with RST to each side.
Cut 2 ¼” strips from the grey linen, fold and press ½” along each edge to create strips measuring 1 ¼” (approximately 170” in length). Top stitch to hold in place.
Pin in place to the top of the quilt, use a long quilters ruler to help pin the strips in straight lines, see photo below for placement… (note: leave 2” spare at the start and end of the road).
When you get to a turn, cut and overlap the joining piece by ½”, this allows enough to needle-turn when hand sewing the road in place.
Hand sew using a grey thread, as you would if you were hand sewing the reverse of the bias binding in place. When you have finished, use a seam ripper to remove a few stitches from the border, and thread the road through. Re-sew this seam using your machine, making sure to overlap a few of the original stitches.
Baste or pin your wadding between the top quilt and the Tilda stars (backing), and quilt just off centre on the road, using white thread and length 4.0.
Sew another row 1/8” next the previous row of stitches. Add this double white quilting to the surround of the quilt (1/2” from the inside edge of border) see photo below…
Trim the quilt to measure 36” x 45” and add the bias binding, I prefer to machine it to the front, and hand sew on the reverse.
Your quilt and playmat are complete…
The perfect playmat for taking anywhere
x CreativeBlonde x