Today I finally finished sewing Chloe’s dinosaur quilt together.
I used a bamboo blend for the batting. The bamboo blend batting is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton, it ‘s quite thin and suitable for a summer quilt project.
Prior to sewing the layers together I first soaked the batting in warm water for 20 minutes. Rinsed and gently squeezed out the excess water by rolling in a towel. then laid it flat to dry.
To quilt the layers together I just added buttons in the center of the pinwheels and some extra holding points to keep the quilt together.
I used white cotton fabric for the binding, this in 2.5 inch strips.
My little girl Chloe has been talking about dinosaur ever since I took her to the Qld museum. She has fallen absolutely in love with them.
After some lady rudely knocked her over in Spotlight, I picked up a bolt of a green dinosaur fabric and bought 1.5 meters and 2 meters of white quilters homespun. This brought back a smile to her face.
For Chloe’s quilt I used a double pinwheel block, and embroidered dinosaurs on the white squares.
For the pinwheels I had cut 6″ squares 46 in total from the dinosaur fabric and the same from the white. For the border I cut the white homespun in 5.5″ squares.
For the 6″ squares I drew a diagonal line then sewed a half inch seam either side of this line.
After sewing I cut down the center line and cut the excess from the corners. This gave 2 pieces for the pinwheel equalling a 5.5″ square.
I took 4 of these squares and sewed them together as per my pattern to form a pinwheel.
For the double pinwheel effect, I took 2 pinwheel construction squares and two 5.5″ white squares and sewed them together following my pattern. The first row consisted of the 3 pinwheel squares and 2 white double pinwheel construction blocks.
The second row I sewed 4 pinwheel squares in the opposite direction. This row contained 2 pinwheel squares and 3 white double pinwheel construction blocks.
Before sewing all rows together I embroidered the dinosaurs on the large white areas. I then sewed 5 rows together alternating between rows 1 & 2.
The border consists of pinwheel squares and white 5.5″ squares to finish the double pinwheel pattern.
I still have to buy the batting and backing fabric, so it is not quite yet finish. I will post later the end result.