Today I am very happy to show you the Robot Quilt - nine wonky log cabin style blocks, each with a robot appliqué in the centre. It's an understatement to say I am thrilled with how this quilt came together.
The nine robot appliqués each represent a different job or occupation... mechanic, brick layer, waiter, stay at home parent, artist, chef, fireman, gardener and cleaner. They were all designed and drawn by my youngest son. Aren't they fabulous!!!
The PDF files are free for you to download...
- Mechanic Robot Appliqué Template
- Brickie Robot Appliqué Template
- Waiter Robot Appliqué Template
- Stay at Home Parent Robot Appliqué Template
- Artist Robot Appliqué Template
- Chef Robot Appliqué Template
- Fireman Robot Appliqué Template
- Gardener Robot Appliqué Template
- Cleaner Robot Appliqué Template
There are more details re downloading and close up pics of the appliqués in this post... nine free Robot Appliqué Templates.
After the robot templates are downloaded, it's time to start cutting and appliquéing. The blue fabric the robots are fused to is cut to 8" x 11". For detailed instructions on how to prepare the shapes and fuse them to the blue backing fabric, see my post How to Appliqué ~ Preparing Shapes and Fusing to Base Fabric
Once the robots are fused to the fabric, they need to be stitched to keep them permanently in place. I chose to sew scribbly stitching around each robot. How to Appliqué with Scribbly Stitching will show you how I did mine.
Wonky log cabin style blocks were created to build up the blocks. I used a jelly roll of Juggling Summer, by Zen Chic for Moda. Scrappy would work well, too.
My Scrappy Blocks quilt shows how to join strips in a wonky fashion. They're not log cabin blocks, but the process is the same. To make log cabin blocks...
- sew a strip to side 1
- sew a strip to side 2
- sew a strip to side 3
- sew a strip to side 4
- repeat till you have the desired size
I trimmed my blocks to 16½" x 12½".
To finish the quilt top...
- add sashing between the blocks - blue fabric cut to 1½"
- add an extra strip top and bottom - dark fabric cut to 2½"
- add borders - red - side borders cut to 2½", top and bottom borders cut to 6½"
The finished quilt measures 64" x 45".
I've done straight line quilting of varying widths - quite close together on the border, but further apart elsewhere. Around each robot, I added some free motion quilting. Because it was on top of the scribbly stitching I'd already sewn, you can't tell that the length of the FMQ stitches are not at all consistent. The patterned fabric hides this on the back, too.
I did think of doing the straight line stitching through the appliqués, but was unsure as to whether this would detract from the robots or not, so I played it safe. What do you think?
This is my first time doing a scrappy binding, using left overs of the Juggling Summer jelly roll, and given the style of the quilt, I think it works well. The binding is machine sewn, attaching to the front first, then stitching in the ditch on the front, to secure at the back.
Little Mister is getting to the age where he is quite definite about his likes and dislikes. And if he doesn't like something, forget it - no amount of talking will persuade him to use the item. Thankfully he likes his new quilt. The fact that he wanted it on his bed that night speaks volumes.
The robot quilt is special to me because it was a collaboration with my youngest son. Little Mister is used to me sewing for him, but he was most impressed that his uncle had drawn the robots for him.
When I called in today, there were three quilts, layered largest to smallest, on top of Little Mister's bed - robot quilt, Peter Rabbit quilt and topped off with the Peter Rabbit doll quilt. You can imagine how that made me feel.