Choo-Choo Train Quilt

Choo Choo Train Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The Choo-Choo Train quilt is finally finished!!

I am so happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to give it to my little man’s on his birthday next week!

To make this quilt, I followed the Buggy Sue and Walter pattern, but made a few tweaks to make it a twin-sized quilt.

All the fabrics came from The Ribbon Retreat.

Child’s Play – Boy by Northcott
Unfortunately, this particular fabric has been discontinued, but The Ribbon Retreat still has lots of other cute fabric from this line that is perfect for little boys.
Check it out!

Country Red in Bella Solids by Moda

Earth Polka Dots in Wild Friends by Robert Kaufman

Admiral Blue in Bella Solids by Moda

Love Bird Mini Dots in Love Birds by Riley Blake

Grass Honeycomb in
Modern Meadow-Berry by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics

I love how the colors come together and even the Ric Rac!
I am glad that I did two different colors.

The actual quilting of it was much easier than I expected it to be.

I had to play around with the tension and do a little practice, but it turned out pretty good as a gift for a little two year old. 🙂 I did the meandering stitch with my free motion foot that I purchased on The meandering stitch is great because it is so forgiving. I have LOTS of practice to do because I can follow any patterns.

To quilt the layers together, I used So Fine! Superior Threads from The Ribbon Retreat.

If you are nervous about buying thread without matching it exactly to the fabric, you can leave a comment asking for the thread that matches best. That is what I had to do, and the thread they sent was perfect!

Choo Choo Train Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Choo Choo Train Quilt - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I also made a little sham pillow case out of the scraps and I will show that when we get the quilt put on his bed.

If you have any questions about this particular pattern, or how to make it into a twin-sized quilt, send me an email or leave a comment. I’d love to help!

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  1. Posted March 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    It looks great! And your meandering quilting looks so good. Keep up the good work!

  2. Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    You did a great job! It is so cute, and what a sweet memory for your little boy to treasure. 🙂

  3. Brittany
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    It looks awesome! I love this! I have a confession to make…..I’ve never made any of my kids a quilte. *blush* Their grandma has but I haven’t myself. Someday…..

  4. Posted March 25, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I SEW love your quilt! I really love that ladybug on the original pattern. I think I need to buy it :0)
    The making will require a force of nature, but maybe if it’s in my house there would be more of a chance I will own a Choo-Choo Train quilt some day :0)

  5. Donette
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I just love this quilt and would love to make one for my grandson that just loves Thomas the Train, which I would like to incorporate into this quilt. I would like the quilt to have the horizontal stripes across the top of the mattress and the border to be on the sides and would also like it to cover the pillow. Any tips you could give me would be appreciated. You did such a wonderful job and I know your little guy loves it. I looked at the pattern dimensions and they are so much smaller that what I want to do. Again, any tips you can give me would really be appreciated – I am a hand quilter.

    • Shirley
      Posted September 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Hi Donette! I would love to help you. I will email you what I did and some tips in creating the quilt to your specifications. 🙂

  6. Donette
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!! That is really nice of you. Thanks alot.
    I’m going to try and start it right after I make a Cockroach costume for my 3 year old grandson. He either wants to be a cockroach or a porcupine! Told him No on the porcupine. He and is mom were looking at costumes on the internet and when they saw a cockroach costume, she said ewwwwwwww and he picked up on that right away. Lucky me. But happy to do it for him. I just finished a Double Wedding Ring quilt for his mom and dad and he loves it, so I know he will love the Choo Choo train quilt as well because he crazy about Thomas the train and friends. He’s to big for the Suspender Sam quilt I made for him when he was born. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks again Shirley.

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