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Paleontology Child’s Lap Quilt

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Materials
  • 8” x 8” or larger embroidery hoop
  • 1 Toscana Layer Cake by Northcott Studio® “Lagoon Tiles” or 20 10” squares of assorted coordinating mottled aqua, blue, grey and green cotton
  • 1 ½ yds Bali Chop® – Shibori Rivera print for filler and ½ of the block backs
  • 3 yds of Battilizer or a combination of low loft batting and mesh stabilizer
  • 1 yd Charcoal Grey Kona® cloth for sashing
  • Soft mesh stabilizer for 20 hoopings
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Water soluble thread
  • A walking foot for your sewing machine is recommended
  • In this sample the Shibori Rivera print is used for the font of the filler blocks and as the back of the embroidered blocks in order to achieve a checkerboard effect on the back of the quilt.

  • Designs used in this project
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  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    This quilt is fun and fast to make. In the sample the Shibori Rivera print is used for the font of the filler blocks and as the back of the embroidered blocks in order to achieve a checkerboard effect on the back of the quilt.


    Step 1:
    This picture shows the Toscana layer cake pack precut into 10” squares; pick out 10 of your favorite colors to use for the 10 embroidered squares and 10 for the back of the filler blocks;   cut 20 10” squares of the Shibori Rivera print (10 for the filler blocks and 10 for backing blocks; cut 20 10” squares of Battilizer or low loft batting; cut 7 1 ¼” and 7 1 ½” strips of Charcoal Grey fabric for sashing across the width of the fabric; cut 4 2 ¼” strips of Charcoal Grey fabric across the width of the fabric for binding; cut 20 pieces of mesh stabilizer to fit the size hoop you are using.

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    Step 2:
    Hoop mesh stabilizer in your embroidery hoop and run the first CS (color stop) for an outline of the block. You may stitch this in a neutral thread or in water soluble thread as that is the thread needed for the second CS.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on a background square of fabric and place over the outline making sure that the fabric exceeds the outline by ½” on all sides. Stitch CS 2 in water soluble thread to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 4:
    Stitch CS 3 in Charcoal Grey for the dinosaur; follow the color charts; the larger dinosaurs have a CS 4 in white for a highlight in their eyes; the smaller dinosaurs do not.


    Step 5:
    After the dinosaur is complete remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop – turn the hoop over; spray adhesive on a square of Battilizer and place over the outlines on the back of the hoop making sure that the Battilizer exceeds the outline by ½” in all directions.

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    Step 6:
    Spray adhesive on a backing square and place over the Battilizer.

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    Step 7:
    Return the hoop to the machine. Run the next color stop with water soluble thread in the top of the machine to tack down the Battilizer and the back fabric. Change the top thread to a neutral thread to stitch the quilting; Madeira Ombre® (2039), a variegated aqua was used for all quilting stitches in the sample. Make a total of 10 dinosaur blocks.


    Step 8:
    To stitch the filler blocks all fabrics will be placed on the stabilizer at one time:

    (i) With water soluble thread in the top of the machine; hoop mesh stabilizer and run CS 1 for the outline.
    (ii) Spray adhesive on the top print fabric and place over the outlines making sure the fabric exceeds the outline by ½” in all directions.
    (iii) Remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop – turn the hoop over and spray the Battilizer and place over the outlines.
    (iv) Spray and place a Lagoon Tiles back fabric over the Battilizer.
    (v) Continuing with the water soluble thread stitch CS 2 to tack down the back fabrics; change the top thread to the Ombre® thread and stitch the quilting with CS3.
    (vi) Make 10 blocks in this manner.

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    Step 9:
    Lay the ¼” mark of a see through ruler over the water soluble thread of the tack down lines of the blocks and trim all edges to ¼”.

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    Step 10:
    Lay out your blocks 4 across and 5 deep alternating dinosaur and filler blocks.

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    Step 11:
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    Attach the walking foot to your sewing machine and select a wide zigzag stitch.


    Step 12:
    Align the first two blocks of your first row and butt the edges together – do not overlap – join the two blocks with the zigzag stitch.

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    Step 13:
    Add the remaining two blocks to the first row; then stitch the blocks of the remaining rows in the same manner.

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    Step 14:
    Make sure that all the edges of your rows are straight; trim minor imperfections off if necessary.

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    Step 15:
    Join the rows together with the same zigzag technique aligning the intersections of the adjacent blocks.

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    Step 16:
    You have two sets of sashing strips, one set of 7 cut at 1 ¼” and one set of 7 cut at 1 ½”; the narrow strips of sashing are used on the back of the quilt, the wider strips of sashing are used on the front of the quilt, so maintain the strips in separate stacks.

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    Step 17:
    Bring the long edges of the strip together in the center and press to make the sashing.

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    Step 18:
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    Load invisible thread into the top and bobbin of your sewing machine. Invisible thread can be problematic, however I have found that YLI invisible thread will run beautifully in your machine. It is carried by many quilt shops and on Amazon; Select a Serpentine stitch or another stitch type other than just a straight seam; this will hide the stitches on the other side of your quilt.


    Step 19:
    Align the narrowest folded sashing strips, raw edges down across a horizontal row of zigzag stitches that join the rows together on the back of the quilt; center of the sashing should follow your zigzag stitches; Stitch down both sides of the sashing with the Serpentine stitch and invisible thread on all horizontal joining rows.

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    Step 20:
    The back of the quilt will now look like this.

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    Step 21:
    Apply the wider strips to the horizontal joining rows on the front of the quilt in the same manner. The front will look like this.

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    Step 22:
    Turn the quilt to the back and apply three of the narrow sashing strips over the vertical joining rows.

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    Step 23:
    Turn the quilt right side up and apply the wider sashing to the vertical rows on the front of the quilt.

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    Step 24:
    Apply binding using your favorite method and your Paleontology quilt is complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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