Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Outside the Box 'Quilt' Material

  1. #1
    Member sef0181's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    62

    Question Outside the Box 'Quilt' Material

    Hello ladies! (and gents!)
    I am Very new to quilting, and have only completed a few projects, making great strides every time.
    My next project I would like to make a lap blanket for my Nascar obsessed husband. Something durable, as it might be outside or being used (and abused) by the dog. I wanted to make something themed for his favorite driver, however there aren't Any fabrics to be had with Brad Keselowski on them. I tried to make my own fabric, but the printing sites claimed copyright infringement.
    Now my mother, who is not a quilter, wondered if I could use a one of the polyester flags as a top. But I didn't know how that would work and didn't know if anyone had any ideas or experience using something like that as a blanket, or piecing together a few smaller ones with other fabric in a more traditional quilt.
    The only other 'fabric' that is available are beach towels, but I can't imagine how often I would need to wash them.

    Any help would be lovely!
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 03-09-2018 at 02:46 AM. Reason: remove shouting/all caps and copyright pic

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    1,723
    One idea would to do a Brad Keselowski T shirt quilt. You could use black and white checkered fabric for sashing. You could replicate the #2 yourself and use them as cornerstones. Can you find #2 or Keselowski bandanas? I'm not sure the flag fabric would make for a very soft lap quilt.

  3. #3
    Super Member cashs_mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    6,092
    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    One idea would to do a Brad Keselowski T shirt quilt. You could use black and white checkered fabric for sashing. You could replicate the #2 yourself and use them as cornerstones. Can you find #2 or Keselowski bandanas? I'm not sure the flag fabric would make for a very soft lap quilt.
    That's a good idea. The flag fabric wouldn't make a very soft quilt and might be hard to work with. A t shirt would be great. Alternately, you could print fabric yourself to use. I haven't done it in a long time. I don't know how durable the images are on fabric you print yourself.
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    448
    How about using the Nascar fabric, black and white checkered "flag" looking fabric and then having several squares embroidered with Brad's name, the Number 2, etc. It can really be personalized with a pic of Brad if you digitize (or can pay to have it digitized). Lettering is easy for anyone that embroiders.

  5. #5
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    12,953
    Blog Entries
    1
    What is the flag made of? You can post a link to the photo here; that is allowed. With a link we could go look at the listing and possibly determine if it could be used for a quilt. If it's plastic, it would be much more difficult. If it's a slippery polyester, it could work. Since you are not a very experienced quilter, you would really need advice to work successfully with non-cotton fabrics. Even t-shirts require some special handling when making them into a quilt.

    Edit: Although commercial fabric printing places cannot print the fabric because of copyright restrictions, you could print it yourself at home. Just need some specially treated fabric and a printer that uses pigment-based ink (because it is water-insoluble).

  6. #6
    Member sef0181's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    62
    Thanks for all the ideas!
    T-shirts are my next choice, but they get so darned expensive when you're buying a shirt just to disassemble it, and I don't really love the look of the t-shit quilts that family members have made. (I know, beggars shouldn't be choosers!)
    Now I'm wondering if I could replicate this flag using appliqués on a generic flag-type pieced top? I'm not sure if I have the talent for appliqués, but in theory I'm capable.
    Here's the flag that I was drawn to. It says it's a "premium polyester". I know it won't be soft. My first project I used satin from a bridesmaid dress, so I *think* I can manage working with polyester, if it would handle in a similar fashion.

    https://www.heartlandflags.com/produ...hoCK64QAvD_BwE

  7. #7
    Junior Member SewingSenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Carrollton, TX
    Posts
    189
    If you print the linked flag off onto a sheet of 1/4" graft paper enlarging it until you reach a 9"x15" copy, you can use that as the scaled copy making each 1/4" square equal 1" square for the finished pattern. That gives you a 36"x60" quilt. Using the 1" pattern and red, white and blue quilting material for the background you could machine applique the stars, the #2, and other features on. There are tons of tutorials on both scaling a pattern and machine applique techniques. Good luck and please post pictures as you go.
    I aspire to inspire before I expire. LT

  8. #8
    Junior Member bernamom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Bristow VA
    Posts
    177
    You could find graphics you like online and print your own iron on transfers, then get some jersey fabric in the colors you want an create your own.

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    The Deep South near Cajun Country, USA
    Posts
    3,943
    Here's another neat memento for Brad K. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MILLER-LITE...EAAOSwwvZZQsIx

    If Miller is still sponsoring him, you could use this as an accent. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Miller-Lite...gAAOSwWWxY-iaj

    An interesting race car fabric - https://www.fabric.com/buy/0512274/t...2681148|pdv|c|

    Etsy has some interesting NASCAR fabrics. https://www.etsy.com/market/nascar_fabric

    If it were me, I would start with the flag as the center and just make sure you don't hit that polyester fabric with a hot iron. It WILL melt the fabric. Finger press anything, anywhere close to the flag. Put some applique large "2's" in several places on the quilt. You could even do an applique of Brad K's name as the header for the quilt. Maybe show Penske as the owner. This will be such a fun project. I look forward to seeing you make progress on this wonderful project. FYI..Kyle Busch is my guy, with young Ryan Blaney as my upcoming young lion.
    Sew a Little, Love a Lot & Live like you were dying!

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Davenport, Iowa
    Posts
    2,247
    I told my husband last year that if they made Dale Earnhardt Jr fabric that I'd have a pillow case out of it to rest my weary little head on.....he's just the cutest thing alive ( outside of my husband). I think the NASCAR association missed the boat on the millions that fabric would bring in for them.

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,739
    Blog Entries
    1
    Think back to the quilts of old (crazy quilts)- they used whatever fabrics that were available and it worked out fine! Depending on the fabrics, you may have to adjust a bit, but use whatever you want. If the flag is very thin or you use a t-shirt, simply interface them. Also, quilts that I have made for my hunter/fishermen that I know will be in the truck, on the boat and generally well used, I tend to do a bit of extra stitching to go along with the extra use!

  12. #12
    Super Member southernmema's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Central Georgia
    Posts
    1,298
    If you want something extremely durable, upcycle blue jeans. You could do a jeans quilt with nascar fabrics....maybe even "one" t-shirt with his favorite driver in the center. I also use men's 100% cotton shirts, men's neckties, and anything else that fits the bill at the time. Best wishes.

  13. #13
    Super Member Daylesewblessed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    West Texas
    Posts
    2,073
    Quote Originally Posted by lindaschipper View Post
    I told my husband last year that if they made Dale Earnhardt Jr fabric that I'd have a pillow case out of it to rest my weary little head on.....he's just the cutest thing alive ( outside of my husband). I think the NASCAR association missed the boat on the millions that fabric would bring in for them.
    Linda, about 15 years ago there was a series of Nascar race fabrics, and at that time I recall that you could get Dale Jr. in both an allover print and in pillow panels. Maybe you can find some on Ebay or on missingfabrics.com.

  14. #14
    Member sef0181's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    62
    I chickened out and decided to go very simple so I can practice some of my skills. (quilting, appliqué, diy bias tape, hand embroidery, etc.)
    Then when this one is ready to retire, I'll try bigger!

    Assuming this posts ok so you can see what I'm talking about, I'm going to try hand embroidering the name, I'm going to make a white with/ black stitching appliqué for the #2, and then do appliqués for the flags.

    I'm so very thankful for all of your input!! What a wonderful community I've found
    Attached Images Attached Images

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.