Mar 02

The Ultimate Boy Quilt Complete (86)

As I mentioned in a previous post, when I go shopping with my son to fabric stores, I allow him to pick one fabric from the remnant bin, or I let him choose 1/4 yard of a fabric of his choice.  After a few visits, we collected quite a variety of “boy fabric.”  I would fold it into a stack, and he would grab the stack and play with his “quilt.”  He would wrap things with the fabric, roll it up, throw it all over the place, and neatly stack it unfolded.  It was time to do something with it.


Presenting the ULTIMATE BOY QUILT!  The prints include frogs, fish, sharks, planes, cars, tanks, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, Batman, Spongebob, Spiderman, and Star Wars.  I used a pattern similar to my Cape Ann Hybrid Quilt, only I used one fabric down the middle instead of the strings, and added a 1 inch border to either side.


ultimate boy quilt close up

The quilting in this quilt was pretty fun.  I was able to do dense straight line quilting in the diagonal lines, and then one line inside the diamonds.  This is how the quilting looks in the front:



I pieced together a back with the left over fabric and Kona raffia.  I didn’t actually use the orange cats on bikes fabric in the front, but it was one of his fabrics, so I included it in the back and binding.


This is the quilting from the back.  I’ll be honest, I just eyeballed the quilting, so it is not quite perfect, but good enough for a three year old boy, right.  🙂


I am happy to say that I used all of the extra fabric in the binding.  I bound this by machine, which is not my favorite method, but it was the fastest way to get it done, and the boy wanted it done!

I pulled this quilt out of the dryer and wrapped him in it.   He was in heaven.  When I asked him which print was his favorite, he rubbed his hand over the quilt and said, “This is.”  I tried to clarify by saying, “Which fabric is your favorite?” and he said, “All of them.”

I see me making many more quilts for that boy in the future.



  1. How sweet! It looks like a perfect quilt for a little boy.

  2. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Wonderful quilt. My husband would love it too.

  3. Karen says:

    That is a fabulous boy quilt! Your son has great taste in fabrics. My son (he is 6) loves the quilts I have made him. Doesn’t it make a mumma feel good.

  4. Kim McBirnie says:

    It’s really lovely that you’ve been able to draw your son in to your hobby, and that he’s enjoyed the fabrics and the creative process. I make quite a lot for my seven year old daughter, but at eleven, my son is far too cool and grown up to be interested!

  5. CJ says:

    wow I love this is a great design. Did you use a pattern? I would like to try something for my son.

  6. Carey T says:

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!! With your permission i’m totally stealing it! My 11 y/o LOVES to go with me to quilts stores. As soon as we hit the door he’s asking for my phone so he can remember (take pics) of all the fabrics and quilts he sees. I’m totally doing your remnant/quarter yard quilt idea… thank you!! thank you!!! 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    Thanks so much for posting pictures of this cute quilt, came across the pictures while on Pinterest . Have been trying to get some ideas for a quilt for my newest GS, he’s already 7mo old but hadn’t seen anything that said “make me” like your quilt! Started my collection of boy prints, have about 7prints. About how many prints did you have and what size is the block? Sure appreciate the help

    • Tanya says:

      Hello. I used 12 inch pages of scrapbook paper to paper piece this quilt, so it finishes at 11.5 inches. The tutorial I used can be found here ( ), only I also added 1 inch strips of the dark blue fabric on either side to unify the prints. I used about 13-15 different prints, some as small as 1/4 yard. The left overs of my boy fabrics are on the back of the quilt. To figure out the length of the fabric you need, measure from one corner of the scrapbook paper to the next. Also, if you add the extra border (blue), remember to make your background fabric (gray) a little bit thinner so you don’t waste so much fabric.

      This quilt is an oversized twin quilt. I believe I made it 6 blocks wide by 8 blocks long (69 x 92 before washing). My son loves it, and it goes well with any type of superhero sheet. It goes with anything! Good luck!

  8. Lucy says:

    What was the width of the white fabric strips?