Fantastic Flannel Box Cars

Today I am participating in Bea’s “Dust Off A Book” Blog Hop. The concept is simple – use a pattern from a quilt book that you have. I was not sure which one I wanted to use.

I was thinking of working with these gorgeous flannels. These fabrics were designed by Sarah of Designs by SaraJ. They were part of the prize from the  Tips/Tutorials Fall 2018 Festival; my tutorial was on making a facing for a quilt.


I settled on a quilt from this book. It was called Box Cars by Kaffe Fassett. While his version was more, monochromatic, I loved the simplicity of it and knew it would work well with flannel.

Fantastic Flannel Box Cars

I found the fabrics on line, they were called Primo Plaid Flannels : Sew Sweet from Marcus Fabrics. You can download fabrics into EQ8* – which makes the planning process so much easier. It really helps to be able to figure out how things are going to look. Flannel is a little difficult to work with, but this flannel performed exceptionally well.

Fat Quarter cutting plan (different colored fabrics for illustration)

I cut the pieces as 5″ x 8″. The original pattern had you cut at 5.5″x8″, that wasn’t going to work. Why? Flannel shrinks – end of story. I knew I could cut my flannel efficiently by using the diagram above. I did not have 17″ on each FQ. 110 pieces were needed, 12 fat quarters – 112 pieces and one was too short (probably my mistake). I had 1 piece left over – now that is efficient!

I love the way this turned out. Percy, however, doesn’t look so excited.

The fabric on the back is a mix of a line called Paint by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics and Moda grunge. I thought about using the paintbrushes as my quilting design but wasn’t anxious to go through the pushing and pulling of the flannel on my Bernina 440. When I went to write the blog and look at the pattern, Kaffe used the diagonals (although wavier); I am in good company on my choice.

I used Hobbs Premium Cotton Batting that I received as an Island Batik Ambassador. I basted with my 505 spray* – it did not shift at all! For quilting, I used two different weight Aurifil threads, a 40wt #2210 in yellow to quilt and a 50wt l#2562 lilac in the bobbin. It worked perfectly. I lengthened my stitch to 3.0, I wanted a little more definition with this thread and used the recommended 90/14 topstitch needle.

This quilt makes me happy and it really is one of the few girly girl things I have – I am a delighted. Thanks Bea for hosting this hop – I am so pleased to use fabric I won and other fabric I had been hoarding in my stash!

This was also one of my 1st quarter goals. You can read about it here.

Quilt Stats:
Fantastic Flannel Box Cars
56″ x 71″
Pattern from Box Cars by Kaffe Fassett
Hobbs Premium Cotton Batting

Here are the other folks blogging today in the Dust Off A Book Blog Hop….give them some love and check out what they are doing.

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel. Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Joan at Moosestashquilting Anne at seems like a plan
Susan at Desertsky Quilting Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing<—- that’s me!

The second blog hop I am in this week, begins today. Check out these folks and see how their wings are being shown!

February 18
What About Rheema? Hill Valley Quilter 
Nutz For Redwork Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Melva Loves Scraps    Creative Blonde
Keepsake Moments Whims And Fancies
Quilt n Party   Seams To Be Sew

I am having a giveaway. (or maybe 3) – US addresses only. It will be open until Sunday, 2/24 at 11:59 pm. I don’t know what it will be..maybe swag from Quilt Con, maybe Island Batiks or maybe something else. Let’s see what develops this week. You get one entry for a comment on each of my blog entries this week (not sure how many there will be after Wednesday but there are three planned right now).

Update 3/4/19
WINNERS!!!THANK YOU to all who commented during my giveaways. My giveaways were sent on Friday, Karen T, Bernie K, and Kathy L won and should be getting there FQs and a few little things soon. I haven’t decided on the next, but it is coming.

Linking up: Dizzy Quilter

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