Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tutorial: The Road Trip Quilt

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This is a fun, fast quilt to make and a GREAT quilt for a beginner. You only need to buy 10 different 1/8 yard strips and the cutting and sewing is easy since there are no matching seams or squaring up edges to worry about. This finished quilt measures 36" x 40", but to add more rows just cut one extra 1/8 yard per extra row you want. On to the tutorial….

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Your quilt should have 10 rows. In each row, you will use 2 of each size piece above. There is no set order…since the fabrics you use will determine where you put your squares, but if you need help you can look at the quilt below and you should be able to tell what sizes I put where. I labeled the 1st couple of rows if you need help…

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Once you get the rows laid out and the darks and light fabrics evenly spaced, sew the blocks together into rows, press, and sew your rows together and press. You should now have yourself a cute little quilt top in no time at all! I thought this one would be a good play mat quilt for a boy….to make it a crib size just add two more rows (cut 2 extra 1/8 yard pieces…so 12 instead of 10).

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The fabrics used in this quilt are from the Wheels collection by Riley Blake. You can find it here or here. here. I've had lots of questions about the polka dots....the yellow dot and the blue and orange dot I have no idea. The orange on orange dot is from the wheels collection, the green and blue polka dot is Anna Marie Horner from the garden party line, the green outlined dots with some yellow dots thrown in is from the Mingle line by Robert Kaufman. The orange print that is kind of leafy with the brown dot in the middle is a Riley Blake print. Any of the others I have no idea but they are probably old!


52 comments:

TJ and Whitnee said...

Great tutorial Allison! I'd like to share a link on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com on July 16!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt. Thanks so much for sharing. Also, love the fabric. So adorable.

Paige said...

Thanks for posting this - I really love the simplicity with these fabrics.

Lisa said...

What a fun easy quilt. I will definitely put this on the list of options for a couple of shower gifts coming up this year! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Leslie said...

this such a fun tutorial for such a cute little quilt.

teedle. said...

What a great little quilt! A perfect day project!

Amy said...

This is super cute! thanks for sharing!
I just finished a quilt for one of my daughters using the orange quilt tutorial. Here's the link if you want to check it out.
http://vintagefern.blogspot.com/2010/07/finish.html

I am so happy with how it turned out, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Andrea said...

Great quilt!!

I'm starting a new sew along, come check it out at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

Tasha said...

Love love love this one.

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing how to make this quilt, it looks fantastic and I'd love to give it a go......now that I can see what to do!

patsy said...

GREAT tutorial here!!
I am makin' this baby-

I LOVE that fabric & I've been eyeing it for some time now :)

kersten said...

Love it!

S. said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Your finished quilt is adorable!

Bec Clarke said...

That is so great, I have some fat 1/8ths that I am sure I can do that with and I have been looking for the right project for them.

semicrunchymama said...

I love these fabrics, I love this quilt, and I love this tutorial! I've never made a quilt before, but I want to try, and I'm thinking that this pattern may very well wind up being my first attempt!

Barb said...

How cute is that! I think I will have to use this pattern for the next baby quilt I need to make. Thanks.

Laurel said...

I went over to Burgundy Buttons excited to order lots of fabric for $3.25/yd! After placing a rather large order I realized it is $3.25 per 1/2 yd. Not per yard. OOPS! You might want to change your referral so that others don't make the same mistake.

peppermintpatcher said...

You've made fabulous use of this fabric. I love your quilt.

Kim said...

This is so cute! I'm hoping to go fabric shopping tomorrow and I might have to buy some to make this. I have a baby gift to make and this would be perfect! For true beginner quilters like me, how much fabric should I get for the backing and binding? I'm thinking a yard for the back but probably need some extra for the quilting process so 1 1/4 yards? Would love any input on this. Thanks!

Rinachiyya said...

Thanks for the tutorial .
I knew it was easy to do and it will be great to make one after a difficult quilt.

Brenda said...

Love it! Can't wait to make it -thanks for sharing!

Cat said...

I love it. Thanks for the tutorial. I've always wanted to make a quilt and have yet to do so. You are inspiring me! (found your blog from another--not sure where ;)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

What an adorable quilt! You're so sweet to share it. Love the fabrics you used. And the quilting really looks nice!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Your tutorial is great and the quilt is fabulous! I think I could actually do this. It's on my To Sew/Quilt list. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower. Found you at Sew What. Happy Friday and Happy Sewing! :o)

www.seamsinspired.com

thebirdlady said...

What a great quilt and pattern! I know the cars are Riley Blake, can I ask what the other fabrics are?

Sandi D said...

Oooh, I'm using another one of your patterns...
using Michael Miller fabric...guitars. Thank you for posting it...its right up my alley!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh so giftable, I love it! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Carole Ann said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Brandy said...

Fantastic! but I have the dumbest question ever - when you sew the pieces together are you overlapping them somehow? I have never quilted and don't really understand that step.

Linda said...

I also would like to know what other prints you used. Yours is so cute, I want to make sure mine is equally cute.

Thanks

Shirley said...

I so love this quilt (and your blog!). Every day starts with a check to see what you've posted. I am having a hard time finding the polka dot fabrics, especially the yellow and the two tone dots. Since I don't have a creative bone in my body, I'm hoping maybe you'll remember which fabrics these are? Thanks again for such a wonderful blog and sharing your awesome talents.

Brandy said...

Ok 0 I'm totally going to try this a my first quilt EVER - I found a fat quarter bundle with 6 fabrics in it - can I use that material. I'm so DUMB at this!

webbs said...

cute kid quilt. but you're right, quilting in straight lines is SO BORING!! thanks as always for the great ideas and tutorials.

di said...

I just love this quilt and thanks so much for such a great tutorial! This is the third quilt I have ever made and it was a great learning project for me. I finally got to hand-deliver it to it recipient yesterday and shared the story about this quilt on my blog here:
http://countrylifemom.blogspot.com/2010/10/quilters-blog-festival-mighty-maxs.html
Thanks again for such a wonderful quilt tutorial and I will be making this one again for sure!!!! :-)

Hillary (Mrs. Einstein) said...

This is the first quilt I've ever made, and I love it! Thank you!!!

paigernate said...

loved this so much that i had to make. just finished making the top of the quilt and i LOVE it! super easy too! thanks allison!

Shannynbree said...

I made a queen size Roadtrip quilt as a wedding present. Thanks for the great pattern. It was perfect!
http://shannynbree.blogspot.com/2011/09/wedding-adventures.html

miamihoney said...

Your tutorial is fantastic. I just completed a quilt top using your tutorial and it went so quickly. Love your blog too!

http://mylifeisthejackpot.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-machine-was-smokin.html

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing! I have been wanting to quilt for years but have always been intimidated by the patterns. With a new baby on the way I wanted to make him something special from me and this was perfect and easy. My quilting needs work but the but the top came together perfectly and his nursery is going to be adorable. Thanks again!! :)

pamselinski said...

I have always wanted to quilt but just didn't know how to start. This tutorial is awesome and I am out the door heading for the fabric store. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the tutorial.

klee1 said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial. I can't wait to get started on this. Hope it's OK that I pinned it! Wanted to share with my friends.

Kathy

DjM said...

Well for a Newbie Quilter This will be my first project. Making it crib size and will atart gathering the fabrics together tonight and cut out tomorrow. I love it

Bobbi said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I've made two boy quilts using the tutorial this year. I blogged the first one here.

Cookie King said...

Thank you so much for the great tutorials and patterns! I really appreciate Crafters who offer their ideas, work and expertise, for free!

I love this quilt. I love the movement the little automobiles and "roads" give the quilt. Great placement!

And no, I am not a quilter - yet. Just a fabric and supply gatherer - waiting for inspiration - and you just gave it to me. Thanks.

Unknown said...

What would I need to do to make it twin size? I've never made a quilt before but want to make one for my toddler boy.

bootsiegirl said...

For a twin I think you could double the measuremts. I want to do a queen size with the Hawaiian prints I have so I think I have to quadruple the amount.

Kiki said...

Thank you so much for a great tutorial. I just made my first quilt with this: http://www.chriskiki.com/2012/11/the-quilt-that-made-me-cry.html.
Thank you oh so very much!

Tiff said...

I just made this quilt and absolutely LOVE this pattern! I have just got the quilt top done, but I had such a fun time making it and it was SO easy! Just wanted to say THANK YOU for putting up a pattern like this for free. Also, to let anyone reading this thinking about doing this quilt, this was only the 2nd quilt I have done and it turned out great! Here it is if you want to see it, remember it's just the top, I still have to add the backing, quilt and bind I just couldn't wait to share lol http://www.flickr.com/photos/93389416@N07/8490592505/

Lisa C said...

Thank you. I donate quilts to the NICU unit and this is the perfect size for an incubator.

Pat said...

This really is a cute quilt and was perfect for a little strip of fabric I'd been hanging on to for awhile. The little zebras and monkeys were more of a border fabric but I didn't want to use them that way. Thanks for the tutorial! You can see my version of the quilt here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatens/9449364953/

mishelljones said...

Hey, I just finished my first quilt EVER for my soon-to-be son. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I actually did 14 rows but otherwise followed your instructions and I'm really happy with the way it turned out! Thanks so much!

You can see my blog post about it here:
http://mishelljones.wordpress.com

Cindy said...

Hey--thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I made this quilt, blogged about it here:
http://cgharris.blogspot.com/2013/12/road-trip-quilt.html
thanks again!

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