Sunday, April 18, 2021

t-rex stencil quilt

I like to make a quilt for my grandchildren about the age of 5 or 6.   I saw this quilt a few years ago, and decided that I had to make it (shamelessly copy).    

Dan Rouse from Piece and Press is a landscape designer and quilter, thus his incredible creativity.  He has made some impressive "stencil quilts", be sure to look at his blog.  I studied and studied his "lizard" stencil quilt for a long time, to figure out the process.  And slowly started working on it.  

In a nutshell, there are 2 contrasting quilts pieced, a stencil blown up of your "figure or design".  The quilts are sewn together (both facing up) along the stencil lines, then cutting the top layer inside the sewing line to reveal the bottom layer within the stencil with a raw-edge applique finish.

For my first layer, I went mostly with batiks for obvious reasons.   I found 8 or 9 fabrics, cut them into 5 inch squares, and made a disappearing 9 patch quilt top, 52 x 66 inches big.  

Starched and pressed it till it could practically stand up on it's own.

I took the image that I wanted, and the measurements that I had calculated and went to the printer.  He made me a big print out about 34 x 36 inches big.  

I found 1/2 a dozen orange fabrics, and used 1 solid for in each half square triangle square, and made a second quilt a few inches bigger than the stencil of the t-rex.

After sewing it together, I carefully pinned the orange quilt top to the back of the blue one, facing up, about where I wanted the t-rex to be.

I traced a copy of the t-rex onto a sheet of  Golden Threads Quilting Paper and layed it on top of the blue quilt, being careful that the orange quilt on the bottom was . . .  and I quilted on the traced line with blue thread.

Then, trimmed inside the the quilted line, between 1/4 - 1/8 of an inch.  

I then quilted the orange quilt that shows through with orange thread. (stitch in the ditch)


The rest went very quickly, because I was soooooo much wanted to see the washed effect on the raw edges.

pretty cool, huh?

finished size 60 x 75, washed

batiks blue and oranges
bamboo batting
stencil quilt

I was surprised at how easy this quilt was when I finally figured it out in my head.  

It makes a dramatic finish.

I will definitely be making more stencil quilts.

Loved :)


  1. WOW!! What an amazing piece! Thank you for sharing the steps you took to create it. So much careful cutting and quilting, but so worth it in the end. He'll love it forever :)

  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS! A lot of work but he obviously loves it !


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