4 December 2015

All Aboard the Polar Express!

Choo-choo! Ready to GO!? Now offering a scenic tour of the North Pole courtesy of the Polar Express!

Today I am sharing my third AccuQuilt guest blog post, featuring my "Polar Express" easy applique design. This fun project utilizes the GO! Train die and can be used a wall hanging or as a super cute table runner. Perfect for a topper on a little one's dresser!

This little runner was super fun to make. You'll find that this GO! Train die is the perfect size for using your charm squares. Or using up some of your small scraps!

All the fabrics used in this project were found in my stash. I placed my white tone on tone for the hills of snow right on top of my Clouds from the Up, Up & Away collection for Northcott Fabrics. Both with right sides facing up. And then used my rotary cutter to free hand cut those gently rolling hills. Then I marked both of the raw edges every two inches or so to keep them lined up and sewed the seam with right sides together, using a few pins. And pressed the seam open.

I backed all my fabrics with paper backed fusible web before running them through my AccuQuilt cutter. And even did so with some extra of the snow fabric to place them on the train cars, too!

I also added some accent stripes for each car to coordinate with the others.

Then I quilted this runner with my walking foot in parallel lines with a gentle curve to match those rolling hills, using plain white Guetermann polyester thread on top and in the bobbin. All the while my sewing machine was calling out, "Chugga-chugga. Chugga-chugga." Just like a real train rolling down the tracks!

For the backing I chose my all time favourite Christmas print. Holiday Sparkle by Nina Seven for Wilmington Prints. I love this fabric - the dark gray background, the colourful text phrases, and the circular dots that remind me of snow flakes!

Truthfully, all the train car fabrics were chosen to coordinate with this great backing print.

"Polar Express" finished at approximately 13" x 40"
and was the 56th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

For the complete instructions on how to make your own "Polar Express" project,
please check out my
AccuQuilt guest post here!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

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  1. Oh Laura how cute is this. Just makes me smile.


  2. ahh that is cute. Love the snow caps!

  3. Great design, but your fabrics and quilting are the perfect finish.

  4. this is so adorable. I love the wavy lines. It makes it look wintery and looks like the train is moving

  5. I feel like I always say the same thing on your blog's so darn cute!

  6. Lorna, your Polar Express is absolutely adorable!!! It makes me wish I had a little one to sew for.

  7. This is soooo cute Lorna. I'm in love with the backing fabric too ......

  8. Super cute! My daughter would love this!

  9. This is just sew adorable Lorna! The die cuts look fun!

  10. This is adorable! Very nice backing fabric. Love that you used it for the binding. Never thought to use a text print for binding.

  11. I'm not a cutsey, cute kinda gal...but this is adorable! I love it!

  12. That is really cute! Some little train lover would adore this :)

  13. Sweet! What a cute little train! I can see why you love the backing fabric--it is neat!

  14. This is such a cute finish! I love it - It really put a smile on my face!

  15. Lorna, that is adorable! I used machine embroidery to make a tree skirt with a train running around it, your train would be so cute for that.

  16. How cute Lorna, I love, love the snow!!

  17. This is a very cute, happy train. Love it!

  18. That's very cute and I love the backing!

  19. Lorna, the Polar Express is so cute! You are on a!
    I love the way you team up the backings with the top :)


  20. Very nice! I had no idea there was a die cutting set for trains, so cute!

  21. Oh my goodness... my boys would LOVE this!!! Oh man... *I* love this! What a great little quilt!


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