A little over a year ago, I fell in love with Sarah Jane’s “Children at Play” fabric for Michael Miller. I bought a few fat quarters without a real plan for what to do with it. Later I decided to make a crib quilt for Damon (my oldest) for when we turned his crib into a daybed. The blanket that came with his crib set is too small to use in anything other than a crib.
I started the quilt but didn’t finish it. Fast forward to finding out I was pregnant—we now have different plans for that crib, and my oldest will be in a twin bed. So, I was left with a half-finished quilt. Instead of leaving it on the shelf, I’ve decided to make it up for my new little boy and use it as a car quilt. Damon has a Dr. Seuss quilt that we keep in the car, and I’ve loved having one there to throw over him during the cold months.
I took out a few pieces to make the quilt more square instead of long, as I had planned it for the daybed. This quilt is loosely based off this quilt designed for a quilt market when the fabric line was first introduced:
Original photo found on Michael Miller’s Blog
Isn’t it adorable? There is actually a tutorial and downloadable template on the website for the airplane. Unfortunately, I found the picture of this quilt on another blog and didn’t find the template until after I had already made my own—so, if you decide to make this, you’ll have a much easier time of it than I did!
I actually like this quilt better than my own, but I thought so much white space wasn’t very practical for an often-used baby quilt, so I incorporated more prints in mine, and I’m quite happy with mine as well. The one thing I did do differently on this quilt was to give the airplane applique a trapunto effect so that it stands out more. You can find the tutorial here.
I have several fabric scraps leftover, so I might make the version above as a baby gift in the future. I love the colors and the fabric design.
I quilted this with loop-de-loops just like in the picture. It echoes the airplane trails nicely. I did not quilt over the applique because I didn’t want to flatten out the trapunto effect. I also used the airplane print on the back—it was one of my favorites in the line, and I think it coordinates nicely with the front since I used the airplane as the main focus of the quilt top.