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Cute Car Machine Embroidery Baby Quilt

It’s almost June and that means selecting and making gifts for weddings and babies. Hi, it’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio here today. My youngest grandchildren will be a year old in June, so a celebration is in order with a new quilt for each of them. As of today one quilt is almost complete (it still needs to be bound), and the other isn’t far behind. I’m not sure which is cuter—the babies or the quilt.

One of my favorite AccuQuilt GO! Dies is the GO! Cute Car, so that is what I used for this quilt design. And may I tell you one more time how much I love my Qubes? The Cute Car machine embroidery makes a car that fits on an 8” quilt block, so the 8’ Mix and Match Qube is used for this quilt.

The pieced block was chosen from AccuQuilt’s free 72 block pattern book. It’s a super easy block to make and the Qube dies make it easy to cut. I cut and pieced the 13 blocks for this top in just under two hours. The stitching for the machine embroidery took a good bit longer, but it was so much fun to watch each car as it is stitched.

Supplies:

AccuQuilt GO Cutter and Dies:

Fabric:

  • Light color background fabric for machine embroidery and small four patches (1-1/4 yards)
  • Blender fabric for small four patches and outer border (7/8 yards)
  • Coordinating print fabric for large four patch Blocks (5/8 yards)
  • Fabric for inner accent border (1/3 yards)

Machine Embroidery:

Cute Car Machine Embroidery (Make 12 blocks):

Cut 12 each 10” background squares for machine embroidery

Prepare applique fabric by applying fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric.

Cut car shape and wheel shape using the AccuQuilt GO! Cute Car die and the GO! Fabric Cutter.

Hoop stabilizer in a 5 x 7” machine embroidery hoop.

Save designs from your computer onto a USB flash drive and load designs into the embroidery machine.

Stitch embroidery, changing thread according to the particular design being stitched.

Remove design from hoop. Tear away excess stabilizer from design.

Press quilt block from the back side, with the front of the design facing down on a dish towel.

Cut design to an 8-1/2” square, centering design within the square.

Double Four Patch Pieced Blocks (Make 13 blocks):

Make 13 pieced blocks, using the Double Four Patch block pattern from the free 72 block pattern book.

Cut 52 each 2-1/2” squares of light background fabric using Die #2 as follows:

Cut 2 each 5.5” x WOF strips, fanfold the strip on Die #2 (do not fold more than six layers), cut with the AccuQuilt Cutter.

Cut 52 each 2-1/2” squares of blender fabric using Die #2 as follows:

Cut 2 each 5.5” x WOF strips, fanfold the strip on Die #2 (do not fold more than six layers), cut with the AccuQuilt Cutter.

Cut 26 each 4-1/2” squares of coordinating print fabric using Die #1 as follows:

Cut 3-4 each 5” x WOF strips, fanfold the strip on Die #1 (do not fold more than six layers), cut with the AccuQuilt Cutter.

Note: the number of strips needed will depend upon the width of fabric. The fabric I used was barely 40” wide, so I had to cut more strips than if the fabric was a full 42” wide.

Piece the small four patch blocks using the 2-1/2” squares of light background and blender fabrics.

Complete the Double Four Patch block using the small four patch blocks and the 4-1/2” squares of coordinating fabric. When piecing the blocks think of the large squares and the small four patch blocks as creating an x as shown below.

When the machine embroidery and pieced blocks are complete, assemble the quilt top according to the diagram below.

Inner Accent Border:

Cut 5 each 2″ x the width of fabric (WOF) strips using the 2” strip cutter. Stitch strips together using a standard diagonal seam.

Cut two strips 40-1/2” in length and stitch to the sides of the quilt.

Cut two strips 43-1/2” in length and stitch to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Outside Border:

Cut 5 each x WOF strips using the 3-1/2” strip cutter. Stitch strips together using a standard diagonal seam.

Cut two strips 43-1/2” and stitch to the sides of the quilt.

Cut two strips 49-1/2” and stitch to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Quilting and Binding:

For children’s quilts, I like to quilt an edge to edge pattern over the quilt as it seems more practical than a custom quilted design. Thus, I stitch right over the machine embroidery on these quilts and then do outline stitching around the outside of the embroidery and around some of the inner shapes so that the embroidery retains its shape over a lifetime of washing and drying. After using this method for quilting several times, I have found that it works well and the embroidery holds up nicely over time and looks great on the finished quilt.

This is another car quilt that I made some time ago, but loved it so much I kept it instead of giving it away. Here’s a picture of that quilt and below that is a picture of the babies playing on that quilt.

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