ABC quilt

 
This quilt is made up of 24 blocks measuring 9 inch by 9 inch, and two blocks of 18 inch by 9 inch (finished size, so add a seam allowance of a quarter inch to all pieces. The applique picture is on a 6 inch square (finished size), with three inch wide borders. Some of the borders are 6 inch long, some are 9 inches, to give some variety. See diagram below for my version. You can of course change the borders as you wish. I have used the three primary colours for the border strips, ie red, dark blue, yellow and some light blue. The first four blocks, Apple, Boat, Cow and Dog, form the first row along the top of the quilt. There are seven rows altogether. There will also be a 6 inch wide border all round.

 
alphabet quilt apple A is for Apple

I've adapted the apple from the template collection with my Quilt Detective Patchwork of Poison novel. Apples do have quite a history, from Eve in the Garden of Eden to the poisoned apple given to Snow White by her wicked stepmother. Oh, and the seeds do contain a small amount of cyanide! Sleep well.
Start by fixing the larger red apple shape to the picture square, then the white inner apple shape.

Apple GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt boat B is for Boat

My second block is more peaceful, a little boat bobbing on the sea, lulling you to sleep. This time, the side border is 3 inch wide by 9 inch high, and the bottom border is 3 inch high by 6 inch wide, with the boat on the 6 inch square. I've used three layers of waves in two different blues and a white for the wave top.
First, fix the boat in place then fix the white wave top layer across the bottom of the boat. Then overlap it with the first blue wave strip, then overlap that with the second blue strip.
Boat GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt Cow C is for Cow

Star of nursery rhymes Hey Diddle Diddle and , this gentle creature should get you in the moood for sleep. This time, the initial letter is set in a 3 inch square, with the side border 3 inch wide x 6 inch, and the bottom border 3 inch x 6 inch. Fix the cow's separate front and back legs in place first then the body. I ironed the tail and the udder in place just before I finished pressing the body down so the joins are covered. Next lightly press the head in place, but attach the ears just before you complete ironing the head, again so that the joins are covered.
Cow GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt dog D is for Dog
This cuddly black dog is specially designed for my grandson, as they have a lovely black labrador. I've added a white chest to brighten up the design. The eye is cut in white then stitched with six strand embroidery thread in black, and the mouth shape is a simple V stitched in black either side of the pink tongue. The collar is red satin stitch or you could use a scrap of ribbon. Fix the tail in place first, then the back legs and paws before ironing on the body. Fix the ears in place before adding the head, so the joins are covered.

These four blocks complete the first row of the Alphabet Quilt. Sew them together side to side to form the first row, and press open the seams. See diagram below.
Dog GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt elephant E is for Elephant
It is easier to make up the next batch of blocks, from Elephant to Numbers, before sewing the blocks together as the pattern uses two double height squares for the giraffe and the kite. See diagram below. When these ten blocks are sewn together, sew them to the preceding row, Apple to Dog.

This white elephant is mounted on a background of a patterned red and white elephant print. I embroidered an eye and eyebrow and a simple mouth shape in black, then attached a strand of white embroidery thread for his tail.

Elephant GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt fox F is for Fox
This handsome fox is sitting on a background of a lovely printed fox pattern. Again I have just embroidered a simple eye as a French knot, and a stitch to mark the nose.


Fox GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt giraffe G is for Giraffe
The giraffe is a double height piece, 15 inches, to give plenty of room for that long neck. I used a polka dot fabric for the body and for the base fabric. The eye and lashes are simply embroidered with a stitch to mark the nose.


Giraffe GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt hippo H is for Hippo
This friendly hippo has French knots for eyes and small pieces of white and darker blue fabric are ironed on for the tusks and nostrils.

Hippo GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt icecream I is for Ice Cream
An irresistible ice cream, using a checked fabric for the cone itself, and a strawberry print for the top scoop of ice cream.


Ice cream GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt jigsaw J is for Jigsaw
Jigsaws are one of my favourite occupations, so I couldn't resist doing a jigsaw for a quilt block. It could look effective using patterned prints too, but I didn't want to make it too complicated visually.


Jigsaw GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt kite K is for Kite
Another double height block, 15 inches, to make best use of the kite string and bows. Again, you could use patterned fabric for the kite bows. I couched a length of embroidery thread in place for the kite string.


Kite GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt ladybird L is for Ladybird
I couldn't resist this gorgeous ladybird fabric, so just had to use it as a base for my simple ladybird shape.


Ladybird GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt moon M is for Moon
One of the more peaceful blocks of the quilt, a crescent moon, dozing among the stars. I embroidered an eye, half closed, for the man in the moon's face.


Moon GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt numbers N is for Numbers
A jolly block with numbers balancing in a tower.

This block completes the next two rows. Sew the blocks together and then attach to the first row, Apple to Dog, as in diagram.


Numbers GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt owl O is for Owl
The wise owl starts the next row of the quilt. No more double height blocks, so just make up the four blocks, Owl to Rabbit, and attach them to the preceding row.
I found a lovely owl print fabric to use for the background, and added a few leaves. You could use a leaf print background.


Owl GSD file
and Studio file
and as a PDF for cutting by hand.
alphabet quilt panda P is for Panda
Second in the row of four is this cute panda.



Owl GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt duck Q is for Quack
Third in the row of four is this little duck, representing a Q. I made mine in white but yellow would look good too.



Duck GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt rabbit R is for Rabbit
The last one in the row of four is the white rabbit.



Rabbit GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt sheep S is for Sheep
Another row of four blocks, starting with another farm animal, a little sheep. You could cut it in black, as a prompt for the 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' nursery rhyme.



Sheep GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt tractor T is for Tractor
Second in the row of four is the jolly red tractor.



Tractor GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt umbrella U is for Umbrella
Third in the row of four is an umbrella. I have used a spotty fabric but you could use any bright patterned or plain fabric.



Umbrella GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt van V is for Van
Last in the row of four blocks is the simple shape of a bright red post van.



Van GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt watering can W is for Water
I have used the image of a watering can on a spotty background to represent water drips. You could use a plain or floral background, and embroider some water drips.



Watering can GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt xray X is for Xray
X was always going to be tricky to illustrate, but in the end I chose the simplest word.



Xray GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt yellow sun Y is for Yellow
Yellow is a bright yellow sun which will help with learning colours.



Yellow sun GSD file
Studio file
PDF
alphabet quilt zebra Z is for Zebra
The final block in the quilt is the zebra. I used white fabric and drew on the stripes in black fabric pen, though you could embroider them or perhaps use a stripey fabric.



Zebra GSD file
Studio file
PDF
Diagram of blocks for ABC quilt alphabet quilt diagram of blocks PDF of diagram for printing.



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