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Panda Quilt

Vintage Door is an online Etsy shop that specializes in European double fold crochet edge bias tape and other quilt and sewing supplies that add the sweetest finishing touches to your projects.  With the combination of their cute craft ideas and their adorable tapes, it’s no wonder they came up with these darling cursive quilt patterns to say it bias tape!

I first found this pattern at A Quilter’s Folly in Austin, Texas during a shop hop event.  They were showing off the pattern and offering a class on the tricks of the tape and I wanted IN!

The cursive quilts are available in three pattern variations, all similar in their cursive design.  The templates to make the panda and the featured “hello” are provided for you within the pattern, along with the iron-on bias tape. 

If you’re looking to customize your written design, keep in mind the following:

  • Find an appropriate font that will go well with your overall quilt design.
  • Your font will need to be a script or a handwriting font where each letter/character connects to the next.
  • You may need to adjust the size of the letters AND the spacing between each letter to get the desired finished look with the biased tape.
  • Use the “hello” template provided in your pattern as your guide in determining the size and spacing between each letter when customizing lettering. 
  • Look at the beginning and ending letters of your word versus the “hello” template provided.  You may need to switch-up how your “swoop” enters or exits the quilt.
  • Bias tape is a little tricky to work with, so don’t get too complicated, detailed, or use too tight of turns on your lettering! 
  • In addition to the writing at the top of the quilt, the bias tape outlines everything on the panda, including the top of the head, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and the body.  When I made my panda quilt, there was enough tape to make the panda, “Jackie,” and the “swoop” on the end, with a little left to spare (but not much!).  If you have a longer name/word/phrase or if you’re making more than one quilt, you will need to purchase an additional role of biased tape.

 

Though this quilt really is pretty easy to make, I’m not sure it’s a “one day project,” especially for your first time out.  To make this quilt:

  • fused all panda pieces with Steam-A-Seam 2 or Steam-A-Steam-2 Lite, then trim
  • position panda pieces on measured, trimmed, and marked quilt background
  • outline all panda pieces with bias tape, ironing into place
  • temporarily mark writing and “swoop” at top of the quilt
  • outline writing and “swoop” with bias tape, ironing into place
  • sew the decorative band and top with remaining white quilt background
  • quilt trimming and adding on any additional (optional) borders
  • THEN – selecting desired decorative stitching(s) and sewing over ALL bias tap to secure!!!

 

Overall, I liked working with the bias tape in this fashion.  Using it to create lettering was a neat use of the product!  It just took some getting used to when working with it.  The tip of the iron seemed to work the best — shaping the tape, especially when creating curves — and learning when to give it a “cooling” break sometimes to get it to better adhere.  The adhesive part of the “tape” is not very strong.  I had to pin a couple of places until I could secure it permanently with the decorative stitching.  And I learned very quickly that the easiest way to work with it was to just go with it, ironing and adhering, bit by bit, following along the lines of the quilt.  It was impossible to try to lay it all out and pin it all down perfectly and then to come back and try to iron it down into place!

This quilt is really just as cute as it can be!  It finishes at approximately 36″ x 54″ tall without the added border. 
I prefer a little bit larger lap size quilts, so I added 7.5″ borders to the exterior, which increased the final quilt dimensions to approximately 50″ x 68.”
I still have to “dot” the “i”, but other than that, the quilt is ready for the longarm!

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