Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday: Choo Choo Blanket

I finished a bag and did a real binding on my Toile Lone Star and I've been working on another Black Eyed Susan (nine blocks instead of four), but the only project I'm going to sew and tell is my Choo Choo Blanket. Two of my favorite people are having baby boys soon (Kellie is having TWO of them... AT THE SAME TIME) and I wanted to do something special for them. I thought a train applique with different textures would be cool, but I wasn't sure how to do it.

I found a weird chip board "book" in the shape of a train engine at Robert's Craft. (What the heck do you do with five pieces of chip board shaped like a train engine?) I traced it onto interfacing and sewed it onto my fabric. That SO did not work. Too many little corners and curves. Then I found one small sheet of double sided interfacing. Perfect! I just cut the train engine out with interfacing on it, stuck it to my fabric, and sewed a zig zag around the whole engine. Enough tell! Here's how it turned out:


This is cute Gus modeling for me. He lives across the street and he wasn't doing anything...

The trains are made with yellow corduroy and the puffs of smoke are white minky. I'm planning to go CRAZY with the textures on the next ones I make. It's going to be legendary.

I used two layers of needled cotton batting and did the quilting on my machine.

Not bad for a first draft. Can't wait to see what everyone else has done for Sew & Tell Friday.

27 comments:

Chillygator said...

Oh man, I LOVE this one too. How on earth do you do all these things? They're amazing!

Dee said...

I'm sure which is cuter, the baby or the blanket. Oh, okay. The BABY!

We have this thing for boys!

Great Friday Finish!

allyn said...

are you kidding?! so totally adorable. it makes gus look so trendy, too.

Diane said...

This is super cute! Great use for the Chipboard album pieces!

The Tripp Family said...

I love it! I've had some extra corduroy hanging around and I think I know what I'm going to use it for now. Thanks!!

ktquilts said...

Great idea! Way to go for just doing it. You have my brain buzzin in several different directions now!!
Blessings,
KT

Mrs Moen said...

That is so cute!

KQuiltyBee said...

A great boy blanket! Love the corduroy for the trains--nice work.

Lesly said...

The textures are great - just perfect for a baby!

ivoryspring said...

Nicole,

This is soooooo CUTE!!!! I love the picture of your son on it.

Danielle said...

I love the fabrics you chose. Perfect for a baby boy!

Kristen said...

What a sweetie. I love the quilt too. The baby will love the different textures of fabric you used. Perfect.

trish said...

So cute! :o)
The puffs are precious.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Leslie said...

this is so precious. i love the use of different textures. such a great idea.

Alyssa said...

SO cute.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh dear me, those are to die for. Best use ever for a "book" of train shaped chipboard! Love the textures and the colors and those little smoke puffs. So cute!

Michelle said...

That quilt is ADORABLE!!

Well Done :)

Karen said...

Very cute. The different textures is a great idea.

Mary said...

How cute! Great job, and I do love the textures. So great for baby!

amylouwho said...

yep, have to agree with everyone else - the textures are awesome! What a great idea! so many options now!!

Jennifer said...

Wow, this is super cute! Love that train and all the textures. What a great idea!

Rita E said...

Wow, so creative! Very cute! The baby is adorable! I like your use of texture fabrics.

kenzie said...

so cute I can't stand it!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

So adorable and I love the different textures.

Nina... said...

I love trains and your idea worked beautifully! The quilt is so cute! Great job!

Aunt Spicy said...

Really, just fabulous! What a creative cute quilt!

jlk said...

So cute! Perfect for baby boys.