Froggie Pirates Quilt
- Cotton solid fabrics: green, 1/2 yd.; black, 1/4 yd.; white, 1/4 yd.
- Cotton coordinating print fabrics: 5”x5”, 27; light blue/white polka dot (backing), 1-1/3 yds.; white/red polka dot (border), 1/2 yd.; dark blue/with white stars (binding), 1/2 yd.; light blue with white stars, 14”x14”, three
- Quilt batting, 45”-wide, 1-1/3 yds.
- Embroidery floss: black, white, red
- Red buttons, 1/2”, four
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, transparent grid-lined ruler
- Embroidery needle
- Adhesives: fusible webbing, fabric spray adhesive
scissors, pencil, ruler or measuring tape, fabric marking pen, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, copy paper, pencil, transfer paper, lightweight cardboard
Froggy Pirate Quilt
- 1. Cut three 14”x14” squares from light blue with white stars fabric for background blocks.
- 2. Print out patterns onto copy paper; transfer and cut out from lightweight cardboard. Cut appliqué pieces from cotton fabric as indicated on patterns.
- 3. Trace appliquéd pieces onto paper side of fusible webbing; cut out, leaving 1/4” border around shapes. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing onto wrong side of appliqué pieces using iron. Let cool. Cut out appliqué pieces on traced lines.
- 4. Remove paper backing from appliqué pieces. Referring to patterns for placement, fuse pieces onto light blue background blocks. (Note: Reverse placement of eye patch and ties on cap for Pirate Block #3.)
- 5. Blanket stitch around edges of appliqué pieces with embroidery floss as follows: faces, skull with crossbones on Pirate Block #2 black; eye patches, hat, cheeks, Pirate Block #2 buttons, Pirate Block #3 bandana white; Pirate Block #1 bandana red. Knot and trim thread ends. Use black embroidery floss to backstitch Pirates’ mouths and use running stitch to sew Pirates’ eyes. For skull with crossbones on Pirate Block #2, cross-stitch eyes and straight stitch mouths using black embroidery floss. Knot and trim thread ends.
- 6. Attach red buttons on Pirate Blocks #1 and #3 using needle and red thread. Knot and clip thread ends.
- 7. Cut twenty-seven 5”x5” squares from assorted print fabrics for patchwork blocks. (Note: Designer used the same combination of nine prints for the three blocks.)
- 8. Referring to inset photo, blanket stitch three remaining skull with crossbones on center squares using white embroidery floss. Knot and clip thread ends. Cross-stitch eyes and straight stitch mouths black.
- 9. Position nine squares for each patchwork block, with skull and crossbones in center, on work surface. Using 1/4” seam allowance, sew squares together to create three nine-patch blocks.
- 10. Referring to inset photo, piece quilt top together, alternating each pirate block with nine-patch block, using 1/4” seam allowance.
- 11. For border, measure and cut four 3”x width of fabric strips from white/red polka dot fabric. Sew side borders onto quilt top; press and trim. Sew top and bottom borders to quilt top; press and trim.
- 12. Cut light blue/white polka dot fabric (backing) and quilt batting several inches larger than finished quilt top. Lightly apply fabric spray adhesive to quilt batting. Sandwich batting between quilt top and backing with wrong sides together; smooth out any wrinkles. Use straight pins as needed to prevent shifting of layers.
- 13. Stitch-in-the-ditch or quilt as desired. Press. Trim batting and backing fabric even with edges of quilt top.
- 14. For binding, cut five 2-1/2”-wide strips from dark blue/white with stars fabric along width of fabric. Machine-sew binding strips, with right sides together, with diagonal seams into one continuous strip. Trim seams to 1/4”; press open. Press in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Machine-sew 1/4” from edges through all layers with raw edges of binding and quilt top even. Miter corners. Trim excess. Bring folded edge of binding strip to back of quilt; hand-sew binding in place. Knot and trim thread ends.
- 1. When piecing nine patch blocks and quilt top, pressing seams in opposite directions will make it easier to line up each row.