Calvin and Hobbes Baby Quilt

2 08 2016

FJ9A7880Isn’t this the “funn-est” quilt? Tricia made the top for her expected granddaughter and sent it to me for finishing. I love the cheerful yellow, red, and orange patchwork blocks, but I’m fascinated by the alternate squares. Tricia’s daughter and son-in-law have decorated the nursery with their favorite comic characters, Calvin and Hobbes. To follow the theme, Tricia used a specially treated fabric and her ink jet printer to make Calvin and Hobbes fabric for the alternate squares. What a great idea!

photo transfer fabric pkgIn the past, I have used photo transfer paper-backed fabric for photographs to include in quilts, but I never thought of using it for drawings like comics. This idea opens up a world of possibilities:  Children’s drawings, hand-written letters, sports team logos, wedding invitations, anything that is printed on a piece of paper. Please note that fabric or projects made using copyrighted drawings like Calvin and Hobbes should not be sold; it’s just for one-of-a-kind, personal use.

Click on the picture and zoom in to observe the quilting. At Tricia’s suggestion, I used orange quilting thread for the patchwork blocks, freehanding various designs. I used off white thread to meander in the alternate cartoon squares. A curl design nicely fills the inner border, and double loops complete the outer border.


Comment with your ideas for creative ways to use Photo Fabric.




2 responses

2 08 2016
Mary Ed Williams

Using photo transfer is so much fun. I’ve made a birthday biographical, a Chapel Hill historical, a wedding, and labels for Quilts of Valor. I order pretreated fabric from C. Jenkins because it is so much cheaper than those packaged sheets. They also have a heavier freezer paper for stabilizer. And the fabric does not have a shelf life. Ideas are endless.

2 08 2016
Marie Krause

I noticed one block used the hourglass block as a 4 patch in the middle. There is an option if you are doing Bonnie Hunter’s challenge this year.

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