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Thread: How to quilt border of grandson's alphabet quilt

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    My grandson's first birthday is coming soon...made him this animal alphabet quilt starting with a panel that I cut up and put back together with sashing and a few extra squares (and his name). I spent a ton of time constructing an applique of Blue (of Blue's Clues) :-)

    The main part of the top is quilted (I put letters in the alphabet boxes, although they are hard to see). I'm happy with the sashing design but don't know how to quilt the teal borders. Any suggestions? [You can still see some chalk marks on the quilt.]

    Also, the backing is the brown/turquoise batik, but I'm not sure whether to use it for the binding or use the dark brown. Your thoughts?

    Thanks for looking!

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    MArcia, I would do some animals and loops and such in the border. Mix it up--copy some of the animals in the Quilt. It is a darling quilt. Love the colors too.

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    Very cute.

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    Yes to what Franie said & love the backing fabric. Yes, use it for the binding too. Darling quilt.
    Marilyn

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    I was thinking of making my girls some quilts for their birthdays this year and in the borders I was planning on quilting their handprints. Just trace his handprint on a thicker piece of paper or a thin piece of cardboard or even quilting template plastic. Then, draw around it with chalk and FMQ quilt. He'll never be this small again but this way, his handprint will be immortalized in the quilt. Just a thought, but that's what I'd do. Good luck! :D

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    That is a gorgeous quilt!!!!!

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    What a terrific quilt!

    I was thinking of continuing the ABC all around the edges or maybe some numbers outlined too?

    Whatever you come up with will be wonderfully loved for years to come.

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    Wonderful!!

    I would so quilt letters in the borders as well. They'll be easier to see than in the blocks, and a great tactile way for him to explore the alphabet.

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    wow, so cute :thumbup:
    you could write words from all of the alphabet in the borders...or just repeat all of the letters, or write the 'ABC SONG' around the quilt

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    I like this idea!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ps 150
    I was thinking of making my girls some quilts for their birthdays this year and in the borders I was planning on quilting their handprints. Just trace his handprint on a thicker piece of paper or a thin piece of cardboard or even quilting template plastic. Then, draw around it with chalk and FMQ quilt. He'll never be this small again but this way, his handprint will be immortalized in the quilt. Just a thought, but that's what I'd do. Good luck! :D

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    That is adorable. How did you do the lettering in Owen's name? Is there a pattern for that?

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    Have to tell you this one....My 4-year-old son was walking by my computer, saw your pic and commented about Blue. Then he asked me if that was a game.....I said no, that is a quilt. He said, "I love it. I want that quilt." See...it passes the kid test 100%. I have to agree with him....I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    That is adorable. How did you do the lettering in Owen's name? Is there a pattern for that?
    I basically just drew the letters on paper, adding the circles because that's the style of lettering in the panel. Traced them onto the fusible web (have to admit a made a couple of mistakes, resulting in backwards letters), fused the web to the brown fabric, cut them out, then fused the letters to the background green. I used a machine zigzag to firmly attach them to the quilt.

    This is pretty much the same method I used for Blue (and Blue's clue :-) ). But Blue took me most of a day, counting the search online for the most appropriate Blue, resizing her to fit the block, cutting all the pieces (including her spots, nose, tongue). I used a sigma pen to outline her eyes but her irises are stitched in (satin stitch).

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    WOW this is great. I am in the middle of doing my new Grandson's alphabet quilt and his name is Owen as well. How funny. Yours is done and mine will be soon. Yours is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaynes
    WOW this is great. I am in the middle of doing my new Grandson's alphabet quilt and his name is Owen as well. How funny. Yours is done and mine will be soon. Yours is great.
    Amazing. Pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana
    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaynes
    WOW this is great. I am in the middle of doing my new Grandson's alphabet quilt and his name is Owen as well. How funny. Yours is done and mine will be soon. Yours is great.
    Amazing. Pictures?
    Here is my Grandson Owen's quilt.

    The entire thing is a panel and I added the check border and the charms to the last border.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaynes
    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana
    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaynes
    WOW this is great. I am in the middle of doing my new Grandson's alphabet quilt and his name is Owen as well. How funny. Yours is done and mine will be soon. Yours is great.
    Amazing. Pictures?
    Here is my Grandson Owen's quilt.
    So cute!

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    Really sweet :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana
    My grandson's first birthday is coming soon...made him this animal alphabet quilt starting with a panel that I cut up and put back together with sashing and a few extra squares (and his name). I spent a ton of time constructing an applique of Blue (of Blue's Clues) :-)

    The main part of the top is quilted (I put letters in the alphabet boxes, although they are hard to see). I'm happy with the sashing design but don't know how to quilt the teal borders. Any suggestions? [You can still see some chalk marks on the quilt.]

    I love, love your quilt ! How about quilting the letters of the alphabet around the border in no particular order.
    Also, the backing is the brown/turquoise batik, but I'm not sure whether to use it for the binding or use the dark brown. Your thoughts?

    Thanks for looking!

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    This is so cute it makes me want to make one for my new grand daughter who is only 5 mths. old. Where did you get the little alphabet blocks? I'll have to keep my eyes open for some. I'm sure it will be much loved.

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    Fabulous quilt!!!

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    I bought the fabric at a crazy store in Phoenix - SAS, I think - where they actually sell some fabric by the pound (but not this one).

    From the selvage I've determined that it's Andover Fabric from the Alpha Buddies line. Do an online search and you'll find some version of it.

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    your quilt is adorable definitely use batik for binding it looks nice with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestnana
    I bought the fabric at a crazy store in Phoenix - SAS, I think - where they actually sell some fabric by the pound (but not this one).

    From the selvage I've determined that it's Andover Fabric from the Alpha Buddies line. Do an online search and you'll find some version of it.
    How funny again. I live in Phoenix and yes "SAS" does sell the fabric by the pound. They are a crazy store but I have gone off and on to that store for years. :thumbup:

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    Love your quilt. Love the backing fabric. I would use the backing fabric for the binding too! Love it!

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