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Bumper2Bumper – a car quilt

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon
Is it just me?

Or have you ever noticed how very few quilt patterns are geared toward boys?



I know my son always loved any toy with wheels – cars, tractors, trucks. My daughter also played with dinky cars, but for her the fun was in lining them up and practicing counting, not pretending to drive them. So although this design is suitable for a boy or a girl… I think of my son and how much he loved – and still loves – anything with wheels!

I posted this photo below, of my completed blocks, to Instagram. And more than one person thought those were stacks of quilts on the top of the cars! That would make for a really cute idea. Talk about a Trunk Show!


Although I had toyed with the idea of using solids, I ended up choosing to use a lot of random prints from my stash – reds, blues, greens, yellows and oranges – and a few black and white and grey prints thrown in for interest.



The quilting is organic wavy lines using my walking foot. And plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin. I chose to bind this little quilt in black – to match the wheels and to provide a strong frame.


The backing is from the Urban Artifacts collection by RJR Fabrics, which you can view here.  I am simply in LOVE with this print! The colours, the dots, the flowers and the text. It is just such a fun print!


The “Bumper2Bumper” quilt finished at 38” x 43″
and was the 26th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.


This new pattern is called Bumper2Bumper and you can find it listed here in my shop.
The pattern provides instructions for making the car blocks in two sizes.

BABY Size finishes at 38” x 43” – Cars blocks are 5” x 9”
TWIN Size finishes at 76.5” x 86.5” – Cars blocks are 10” x 18”


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18 Responses

  1. Oh the kiddos are going to go crazy for this one Lorna!

  2. So lovely to see your Bumper2Bumper quilt all spread out and finished. I've been enjoying pulling fabric for this one and I love how it is a great stash buster. Just love this pattern – thank you, Lorna :)!

  3. I love this quilt, Lorna!

  4. A lovely quilt and I can just see the boys lining up their cars and trucks on it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You're right, there aren't many boy quilt patterns! Keep them coming! I'm going to buy this one right now. 🙂

  6. Needled Mom says:

    Perfect boy quilt!!! LOVE it.

  7. This is a really really really cute quilt.I might want to make this one day. Yours is delightful.

  8. I love this design, Lorna! Too bad my boys have all outgrown their fascination with cars and trucks 🙂

  9. Ariane says:

    This quilt is so sweet!! Love it!!

  10. I love this quilt. The cars are so cute.

  11. Nancy J says:

    I can see toy cars being pushed round this, and their colours matched to yours. Lovely design, again you are a whizz at this. And the stacked ones on the \”roof-rack\” so to speak, love that photo.

  12. Cheryl says:

    You are right that there are not as many cute boy quilts as girl quilts, but you definitely started evening the scale with this one. It is so adorable!!

  13. Danice G says:

    Yes, it does seem not as many quilts are designed for boys. Your is awesome! What an adorable pattern, excellent for a young or older boy and even a grown man. Perfect!

  14. Emily says:

    I love both the quilt and the pattern! Can't wait to make one for my little guy!

  15. Jenny says:

    Another great design – you are very talented indeed!!

  16. Cathy Weber says:

    Wouldn't one of these blocks look cute with a Christmas tree tied on top? Would make an adorable pillow!