Play School Quilt

This quilt is inspired by my nephew Elijah. He just started pre-school but we call it “Play School” because “Caillou” goes to play school… and anything Caillou does is what my nephew wants to be doing! You don’t want to send your kid to pre-school with their favorite quilt… or one that took forever to make… so whip up a Play School quilt in just a few hours!
make life layer cake
make life jelly roll1 3/8 yards of backing {i used Make Life Silly – Earth 5421 26}
1/2 yard of bias cut binding {i used Make Life Fun Ocean 5425 23}
batting – at least 40″ x 48″
mettler top stitching thread in blue, green & white

2 1/2 yards blue giant ric rac
2 1/2 yards white giant ric rac

batting scraps of warm & white for appliqué
1. Select 12 layer cake squares for blocks, 8 jelly roll strips for stripes, & 4 layer cake squares for the appliqué.

2. Sew the jelly roll strips together in pairs & press towards the darker fabric. Trim the strips to 38.5″ wide. I did this by folding the strip set in half and using the 19.25″ mark on my ruler.

3. Sew the layer cake blocks into rows & press towards the darker fabric.
4. Sew the rows together & press the seams towards the jelly roll stripes.
5. Layer with batting & backing and quilt as desired. I used mettler top stitching thread 1/4″ away from the seams on the jelly roll portion & squares spiraling in on the layer cake squares. {See below picture}
6. Print appliqué letters from PDF file. If some of the letters get cut off in the margin just draw that portion… I didn’t want the letters to be any smaller!
7. Layer 2 layers of warm & white with a layer cake square on top. Repeat for all 4 letters. Roughly cut out the letters & pin through all 4 layers.

8. Use utility scissors to cut through all 4 layers. Not your good sewing ones!

9. Remove paper & re-pin to hold all the layers together.

10. Pin each letter one at a time in place and sew onto quilt 3/8″ in from the raw edge with top stitching thread.


11. Cut 2 pieces of ric rac from each color the width of your quilt. {aprx 38.5″} Stitch in place using top stitch thread in the middle of the jelly roll strip sections. It helps to use a walking foot.

12. Cut bias cut binding & machine stitch onto quilt. {binding tutorial}
13. Hand stitch binding in place & add a label.
14. Toss the quilt in the wash to get the applique to be all soft.

and after…
38.5″ x 46.5″ Play School Quilt
A layer cake & jelly roll combo yields at least 2 quilts and can yield 3 if you cut the appliqué letters from other fabric.

by Julie of jaybirdquilts!

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