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Today I have a different child with a different request. When Abbey saw Jude’s Darth Vader Quilt She asked if she could have a quilt. I said sure what would you like? Then in the sweetest meek little voice she said “Can you make a frozen quilt? I love Olaf” Well I have never been one to turn down a request from my children. So I said “of course” and I began plotting the design.
I am glad Olaf is her favorite since I can’t imagine trying to make Elsa or Anna. Abbey and I looked through some Olaf pictures to get some inspiration and She was obsessed with a picture of Olaf and the first spring flower. So that’s what we did, Oalf and the flower.
And for the backing we used the Frozen fabric that has all the characters so she still has Elsa and Anna on her quilt.
The quilt is once again a “mini quilt” or the perfect lap size quilt for kids. I am sharing the pattern for this quilt, only I didn’t follow it “exact”
***Update After several requests I have made a downloadable PDF Pattern for the quilt, along with pattern piece for the squares to make cutting a breeze. Get the pattern below.
I used the grid to design the quilt only the background is not squares I did strips, and I didn’t follow that exact background design, more on that in a min. As for Olaf, his body is squares sewn together, and then more or less appliquéd on to the quilt base, along with all the other details.
For the Olaf quilt pattern you will need:
1 1/4 yard backing fabric
1 yard each of two fabrics for background (I used two different blues)
1/2 yard each of two white/silvery colors for the snowman (or 3/4 yard of just white)
1/8 yard of black felt for snowman details (arms, eyes, hair, eyebrows, and buttons)
scraps of white felt for snowman details (eyes and tooth)
Scraps of orange fabric for nose
Scraps of green and pink fabric for flower
Scraps of grey fabric for mouth.
Crib size fusible batting
1/2 yard or fabric for binding (or 4″ strips cut on the bias about 5 yards total)
Now for the base of the quilt… I cut my fabric into strips that were 2.75″ (that way with the 3/8″ seam allowance the finished width would be 2″) Then I sewed one of each color together which resulted in a very long strip. I cut it down to 40″ placing the seam somewhere in the middle. I continued making strips and and cutting them to 40″ I just made sure the seam was always moving.
That way as the strips were sewn together to make the quilt the seam was always moving, and the result is a scattered background. If you are more of an “exact pattern” person, you can follow the pattern above (every square is 2″) I liked the free style and sewing the whole background took about 2 hours from cut to done. The rest is where it gets a little more complicated…
I decided to build a snowman, well the way you would build a snowman. In three separate pieces. I sewed together all the squares, which follows the pattern. (you will note the center piece of the snowman is a little wider than the “original pattern” I thought it looked more balanced but didn’t change it on the pattern, just on this.
So I cut my squares. I used a gray and white since my sketch had grey and white and to be honest now that it’s all done I wish I would have only done white, maybe two different prints but all white. It’s not horrible but I felt like it was just a little too busy with the two colors.
Once the squares are sewn together you will fold the triangle edges under and then fold any remaining raw edge under.
Then place the snowman pieces on the quilt. I start with the bottom and stack them all slightly on top of the other. Also place the back arm pice behind the middle body. For the arm piece and all details I just cut them free hand. He is a cartoon character so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then sew around each body place sewing right on the edge to secure it in place.
Then for the fun part, you get to sew on all the details… I didn’t make pattern pieces for them since I didn’t use any I just cut them out free hand, and they are easy so don’t be worried. I just looked at the pattern as I was cutting and mimicked the shapes until I liked what I saw. Then I folded the edge of the fabric details under so the raw edges were all folded under, and then stitched them all in place by sewing around the edge. For some of the details I used felt so I didn’t have to worry about raw edges. Then to quilt the background I simply sewed along all the seams, and I love the way it turned out.
Now let’s talk binding… I bound this quilt and the Darth Vader quilt with 4″ wide bias cut binding. To do this I cut strips on the bias that were 4″ thick and then I sewed some together until it was long enough to go around my quilt edge. Then with the right side to the back of the quilt I pinned it around the edge. When I got to the corner I simply pivoted so the trim stayed with the edge.
Then sew all along the edge.
Then turn the binding up toward the front. You will see that the it creates a box like shape on the front.
Then fold the binding in toward the seam.
Then fold the binding down when you get to the corner just press it out flat.
Then fold the edge back up and you will see it makes I nice little corner. Sew along the fold all along the edge to secure the binding in place and you are done.
Once finished I had one cute quilt and one VERY happy little girl. Who ran to get her Olaf doll so she could show him the quilt. Yes the girl is a fan.
I really love the kid’s quilts but after the two I think I am glad Penny can’t talk quite yet, so I won’t be filling any more requests for a least a little while.