Saturday, March 20, 2021

p-40 warhawk stencil quilt

 P-40 aircraft flying in perfect formation, against a brilliant blue sky.

Create a disappearing 9 patch quilt top.

Start by cutting 270 - 5 inch squares from 8 or 9 fabrics, 
roughly the same shade of blue (batiks are a nice option)

Sew into 30 -  9 patch blocks. 

 Cut in half in each direction to create 
 120 - Disappearing 9 patch blocks.

Place blocks onto a design board, turning them in different directions, 
creating a random design. 
8 rows across
10 rows down.

Sew together.
The Stack and sew method words great for this step.

Determine and measure the design that you want to show through from the back.

Make a mini-quilt top with aprox. 2 inch finished blocks of 1/2 square triangles .
The mini-quilt should measure 1 inch larger on all sides
than the pattern you have just drawn onto your thin quilting paper.

Pick fabrics with the colors of the design that will show through from the bottom 

A  1/2 square triangle pattern gives a nice contrast to the Disappearing 9 patch.
The red squares sewn into the white mini-quilt tops capture the red tips of the aircraft.

Gage about where you want your design go show through from the back of the quilt top.

Pin the white mini-quilts to the back of the blue quilt top with both quilt tops facing up.  

Lay a piece of thin paper, I like to use Quilting Paper by Golden Threads, over the plane design
and trace the outline of the aircraft onto the paper.

Place the plane pattern on top of the blue quilt top, directly above the white quilt top that you have pinned to the back.  
Look from the top for the pins that you have used to secure the mini-quilt to the back to determine where to place your paper pattern.  
Pin pattern down

Sew on the line of the aircraft on the pattern WITH A SMALL STITCH.

Using small sharp scissors, 
cut along the inside of the line you have just sewn, 
a little more than 1/8 of an inch, but not as much as 1/4 of an inch. 
Clip every 1/4 of an inch to create a fraying process.

Once all your designs are showing through the blue quilt top from under side, 
you are ready to sandwich the quilt top.  

Quilt large humps to create an illusion of clouds.

Fabrics are mostly batiks
stencil quilt (named by me, it may be named something else by others :)
batting is bamboo
measures 60 x 75, washed

Use Chenille to create propellors and to customize your quilt.
Mark onto your quilt where you want to put the chenille.  Cut pieces long enough to fit.  Sew chenille WITH A VERY SMALL STITCH onto your markings. This will keep it from coming loose.

After a good washing, it gets all fuzzy like.

Embellish further to create interest.

When your Nana is making you a P-40 quilt and your Daddy is a WW2 buff that knows all the details (or at least he thinks he does  ;) ....      she gets very detailed instructions.

... And you get a REALLY cool quilt with precise details.

Loved :)


  1. Oh ! My Goodness ! 🧡 I love this ! 🛩🛩🛩

  2. That quilt with the P-40 planes is awesome. My father flew P-40's during WW2 from England to Belgium and France. He continued with flying test planes and teaching flying to the Belgium Air Force after he returned. He has been gone for 4 years and I still miss him. But your quilt and how you made it was really cool.
    Thank you


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