A Big Boy Dinosaur Quilt for Chase

Long before our youngest little turned two we decided to make Chase a dinosaur quilt for his eventual big boy bed. His older brother has a truck quilt and his sister a ballerina quilt, while his cousin received a sports-themed quilt for his big bed. All of these quilts have been heavy on the appliqué technique and Chase’s would be no different.

Plus, our friend, Rosalie, had made a dinosaur quilt for her great-nephew so we thought it would be fun to continue the trend. One big boy bed dinosaur quilt coming right up . . . although not as quickly as a short-order cook.

Humble Beginnings for a Dinosaur Quilt

I’m almost embarrassed to say that we ordered the fabric for Chase’s quilt back in November. We even kept all of the fabric in the delivery box so it would stay together and not get used for a different project!

We elected to start with a blue background, unlike Rosalie’s version which featured different greens. Finding a nice variety of blue was fairly easy because we ordered a solid blue fat quarter bundle along with some yardage for the wide borders. Sue worked on tracing the huge dinosaur shapes onto Heat n’ Bond Lite. Once that was done, those shapes lay on the floor of our sewing room until it was time to begin construction in earnest. We even stepped on them a few times.

Lots of Dinosaur Appliqué Needed

Once we decided to focus on sweet little Chasey’s need for a big boy bed quilt, it was time to get down to appliqué. I really enjoy the whole process.

We had to spread the quilt top on the living room floor since the shapes were so large. Once we had a general placement idea, Sue started ironing the major pieces.

The faces and spikes would have to wait until the initial appliqué pass was finished.

Add Some Dinosaur Personality

Buttonholing ensued and then we were able to add the embellishments that brought each dinosaur to life. This green guy is Sue’s favorite! I can see why . . . he does have a bit of a personality. Once all of the appliqué of the dinosaurs was complete, it was time to sprinkle a few blades of grass around.

Finally, one last border of blue fabric squares is added to all four sides. Of course, I forgot to take a picture after that step! I did manage to take one showing the charm squares featured in the final border after washing. We love to have a nice dark border to anchor the edge of the quilt.

Another Longarm Adventure

It was time for another visit to our friends’ longarm. Ken and Carol are so gracious and welcoming to allow us to quilt this piece. We got it loaded (correctly this time!) and Sue took the helm. We used our favorite panto (Loop the Loop by Urban Elementz) mostly because we are quite comfortable with it. The spacing worked out just perfectly which is a happy surprise on the last row! Ken stopped his woodworking to take a picture of the three of us with the quilt off the longarm.

Just a few more pictures to share the quilty squishiness on the Grunge backing fabric and the front.

Finally, a finish for Chase. After washing and drying the quilt measures 66″ x 90″. We hope he will be covered in our love and good wishes for a few years. Wear it out and we’ll happily make another!

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15 Responses

  1. Chrisknits says:

    If you isn’t just the most adorable thing!!!! I love it. You gals knocked it out of the park!

  2. Joyce says:

    This is the best dinosaur quilt ever – design and colors! Such a fortunate child.

  3. Roseanne as usual you and Sue have coordinated well to make another stunning quilt for Chase. Seeing you, Sue and Carol with the quilt off the longarm frame is just too much fun! Love this one and I’m sure Chase will, too!

  4. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Roseanne and Sue, this is such a delightful dinosaur quilt! I love the blue background and the colorful dinosaurs. Loop de loop is a great pantograph and is perfect for this quilt. I am sure Chase will wear it out, but not the love poured into it. Congrats on a great finish!

  5. MicheleMcLaughlin says:

    What a wonderful quilt! Well done you! I love the blue you used and the dinos are adorable! Chase is going to go crazy for it! Sending hugs and love!

  6. Susan Nixon says:

    How cute is that! I love that each child has had an individual quilt for the big bed. What a wonderful legacy. It’s hard to believe the four have grown so much! Time flies, right?

  7. Fantastic you two (three if you count the owner of that magnificent longarm machine!).
    I’m most intrigued with the ironing station placed on the floor – could you elaborate about the set-up? It looks like the ideal way to iron larger pieces/long swathes of fabric without wrestling with traditional ironing board set-ups.

  8. Love the dinosaur quilt, that blue is electric and really brings to life the colours in the dinosaurs that you have chosen. He will so love it, what a treasure. Well done to both of you.

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    So good to see a post today! Chase is one lucky little boy, this quilt is just so fun! Nice work on all that applique Roseanne and great quilting job Sue.

  10. Rochelle Summers says:

    Wow! You two did a great job for the littlest of the littles. I love the brightly colored dinosaurs with their big personalities and the grass you added. Being able to quilt with a long arm is a bonus and spending the time with good friends is always a pleasure. Seeing all four of the big quilts makes me realize how time is flying. So good to see your post. Hugs and smiles. R

  11. Laura says:

    Funtastic! Love the primary colors! Chase is that big already?!!!!! 🙂

  12. Carol Swift says:

    I love your dinosaur quilt! So much love went into it I know it will be treasured.

  13. Wendy says:

    Chase is going to love this quilt! I love the happy colors and the dinos with personality. The loopy quilt design is perfect, too. What a great finish!

  14. That is cute as can be, Roseanne! It’s fun to see your finish. Hard to believe that Chase is ready for a big boy bed – time really flies!

  15. This is absolutely adorable, ladies! I love the grunge backing and the blue Glide thread you used! Great job on the quilting, Sue! I know Chase will be covered in love for a long time!! All of these guys have great personality! It’s hard to choose a favorite, but you know what my favorite color is! LOL Have a great weekend!

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