Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Royce's Dinosaur Quilt


My now 5 year old nephew, Royce, LOVES dinosaurs.  When he was 3 his big sister, Gabriella,  asked him at Thanksgiving what he was thankful for. He raised his arms up and yelled "DINOSAURS". So, I figured I couldn't go wrong with a quilt with those giant creatures. I searched the internet tirelessly for the "perfect pattern". I had decided I didn't want cartoon like ones and was not comfortable enough with designing my own.  So, I found a fabulous pattern booklet called:  Dinosaurs, Stomp Chomp & Roar, by Pam Manning. Perfection! Seriously.  I highly recommend it.  It can be found here.  I also saw it at my LQS when I was home recently. So check yours, too!

This was a labor of love.  Mostly love, though. ;-) I decided to make the quilt large enough to fit his full size bed. This would be the biggest quilt I have made yet. It was a giant. I chose to do fusible web applique, even though the book called for something else. One of the cool things about the pattern is that it has 3D parts to it. Some of the legs move as well as the top parts, you know, the sharp 'fin-like' things on their backs. It is really cool.  I was concerned about my pieced sashing at first. Looking at it before it was sewed to the blocks, it looked way to bright. Now, seeing it all together, it is just right. :)

I sent it to a longarm quilter in Dubai. She did a fabulous job. She even quilted dinosaur shapes into the 4 corners. Love it, love it, love it.  I had to steal it away from my husband.

Here are a lot of pics, including some of the details.

ignore the hay and lint.

My label, complete with a thimble sewn in!
It's these extra special touches that mean so much.

The black dotted fabric is done in layers and is not attached to the foundation.
This is one of my favorites.

His head could move, if I hadn't tacked it down.
Although, this did go to a 5 year old boy, it may not even have a head now.

His teeth are rick-rack. His right lower leg moves!

His left lower leg moves, too!

The orange colored part is 3D, it is not attached to the foundation either.

Another favorite.
That 'fin-like' thing is really cool. The technique is awesome.
Click on picture for close-up. It's kind of textured, maybe
it is called pintucking?


  1. Roar..or something like that...what a great boys quilt...someone was just asking me today for someone who could do a guest post on boy and man quilts...are there more?

  2. I love this quilt! How fun.

  3. My daughter-in-law's Mother is the designer of the quilt. Therefore, my grandson, who also LOVES dinosaurs is the proud owner of the original quilt! :o)

  4. Rhanda, My daughter ran across your blog and sent it to me. I was thrilled to hear how you enjoyed making this quilt as I totally enjoyed designing it and writing the book! My grandson loves dinosours too! You did a fabulous job making it and you have a great eye for color! I believe you do have a quilters heart!