Modern Monster Truck QuiltHi!  I’m Amanda over here from Jedi Craft Girl.  I am excited to share with you my tutorial for my “Modern Monster Truck Baby Quilt”.  I came up with the idea when I was invited to a baby shower for a friend who loves going to Monster Jam.  I wanted a cute, modern take on the monster truck and this what I came up with.

To begin, select fat quarters  of various prints.  I choose gray, white, black and green.  You can choose any prints or patterns you like.  I only had 8 different fabrics, but I would have liked 12.IMG_1708

Next, cut your fabric into 12.5″ strips, then sub-cut into the following measurements:monster truck measurements

Do this with each of your fabrics.  Now mix up the pieces and sew the following 12″ (finished) block:  (quarter inch seams)monster truck quilt block

You want the top and bottom pieces to be the same fabric, and the center to be different.  Press the seams toward the 6.5″ piece.

I love personalizing quilts, especially if they are gifts.  To add a name to the quilt block, print the name using your favorite word processing program.  I tried several different fonts until I got the one I liked.  If you can, reverse the image when you print.  Take your Heat N Bond® Lite and trace the reversed name in pencil.  Iron the piece of Heat N Bond® with the name to the WRONG side of your fabric.  Then, cut the name out.  Peel the backing off and arrange the letters how you want on your quilt block.  Finally press to attach it.

I outlined the letters using a straight stitch.  I went around each letter twice to give it the “sketch” feel….which I love.IMG_1743

  After you make 11 of these blocks, lay them out.  For the truck applique block, cut a white square 12.5″x 12.5″ IMG_1709 Next,  follow the same technique using Heat N Bond® Lite to applique the monster truck to the quilt block.  Click HERE for the truck pattern.

To finish the quilt, sew the blocks together to form rows and sew the rows together.  I used Therm O Web’s SpraynBond® Basting Adhesive to baste the quilt before quilting.  I meandered the quilting – it’s the fastest!

Straight lines would have been cute if time permitted.IMG_1782






Note: These are big blocks which help make this a fast, easy quilt to put together in a day.  If you would like the same look, but with smaller blocks here are the measurements:

For a 10″ finished block: cut pieces 10.5″ x 5.5″, 10.5″ x 2.25″, 10.5″ x 3.75″

For an 8″ finished block: cut pieces 4.5″ x 8.5″, 1.5″ x 8.5″, 3.5″ x 8.5″

Essentially the bottom strip is 1/2 the block size, the top strip is 1/3 the block size and the center strip is 1/6 the block size.

Here is a little peek of the baby shower – we centered the colors and theme around the quilt.  We even hung the quilt in the entry way so it was the first thing people saw as the entered.

IMG_1802I love that we were able to get a stack of tires!!

Monster truck cupcakes – complete with “dirt” on the top.IMG_1805


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6 Comments on Modern Monster Truck Quilt Tutorial

  1. Vonda
    June 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm (11 years ago)

    Cute idea, Love the colors. How much backing did you purchase,?

    • Amanda
      June 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm (11 years ago)

      For the back I cut strips of fabric the width of the fabric and pieced them together. Some were 9 inches, some were 15 inches and so on until I got the length I needed. If you were going to do a solid back, I would say 1 1/2 yards would be enough.

  2. Marguerite Guinn
    June 19, 2013 at 6:42 pm (11 years ago)

    The quilt is really cute! What a great idea for a baby shower theme and gift!

  3. Shantelle
    July 7, 2013 at 11:28 am (11 years ago)

    Hi! LOVE this adorable quilt. I was just wondering if you used batting in between the front and back? If so, what kind? Thanks so much.

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