Dinosaur Baby Quilt


My dinosaur quilt and the soon to be parents.

My dinosaur baby quilt and the soon-to-be parents.

My daughter and her husband are expecting a baby boy in May and I wanted to make him a special quilt. My daughter suggested that I make one with a dinosaur theme. After doing an online search for ideas I found this wonderful quilt by Daniel Rouse titled Hero’s nemesis.

Quilt by Daniel Rouse

Quilt by Daniel Rouse (photo used with his permission)

I basically copied what Daniel had done except I used different colors and a different dinosaur.

I started by making a quilt top out of Disappearing Nine Patch Blocks.

Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top.

Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top.

I wanted my quilt to have a triceratops on it. My family has spent a lot of time in Montana and the Museum of the Rockies has a wonderful display of triceratops skeletons. I found a wall decal of a triceratops skeleton that was the right size and traced around it.

Tracing around the wall decal.

Tracing around the wall decal.

I then made a patchwork of half square triangles that was somewhat larger than this tracing.


I used the product Thangles to make my half square triangles and they made the process go pretty quickly. They come in all sizes, but I used the 1 1/2″ size.



I then layered the grey quilt top wrong side up with the teal patchwork on top also with the wrong side up and then put the traced skeleton on top of that.


I pinned these pieces together well and brought it to my sewing machine and stitched around all of the skeleton pieces using my free motion foot.

I stitched around each bone in the skeleton.

I stitched around each bone in the skeleton (twice).

I ended up sewing around each piece twice. I just was not confident that one line of stitching would be secure enough. I am not the best at free motion stitching!

After tearing the paper off, I turned the piece around and started to trim the grey away from inside each of the bones which exposed the teal patchwork underneath.

This is the fun part!

This is the fun part!

As you can see, this is a raw edge reverse appliqué technique.



I used some leftover fabric and HSTs to piece together a fun backing.

The back.

The back.

I knew that the quilting would not be very obvious due to how busy the grey top is. I did some straight line quilting in sort of a sunshine fashion arising from the dinosaur and then some landscape type quilting underneath and bound it in teal.

Finished quilt.

Finished quilt.

This quilt was so much fun to make. Thank you to Daniel Rouse for sharing his process on his blog. He has made several quilts using a stencil technique and each one is absolutely amazing and unique!

My hope is that this quilt will keep my new grandson warm and secure for years to come. I can’t wait to meet him!

Notes:  Stencil was 13 X 35″  Finished quilt is 41 X 54″.


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14 responses to “Dinosaur Baby Quilt

  1. Jan

    Linda, this is adorable! You had a vision and saw it through to the end. It is a very effective and exceptional quilt for that wonderful new grandchild! Love it!

  2. Karen Miranda

    Linda –

    This is absolutely wonderful!!!

    Karen Miranda

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to go to my blog and check it out. This quilt was quite a change from anything I’ve done before. Surely a lot different than the Amitie BOM project which has been all hand sewing so far!

  3. Phyllis Holt

    What a fun and exciting quilt. I love your colors. Your grandson will absolutely love it!

  4. Nancy Cushing

    Your quilt is fantasici! Thank you so much for sharing the technique. I am now inspired to try reverse raw-edge quilting project!

    • This technique could easily be done with a couple fantastic prints instead of all the time consuming patchwork. Send me a photo if you end up making something. We miss you here!


  5. Looks great and what a devoted grand you are to spend all those hours planning, cutting, sewing, tracing, cutting some more quilting and so on… it really is a treasure. I hope he grows up to love it as much as it and you deserve!

  6. Melanie

    Your quilt is incredible! What a lucky grandson!

  7. Brigid

    This is just stunning! What a lucky grandbaby!

  8. Bonnie

    Your Dinosaur quilt is simply beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creativity! I would like to try my hand at making a similar quilt for my paleontologist daughter. She hates everything lol, BUT I know she would love this! May I ask where you found the dinosaur decal, as I’m having a heck of a time finding one large enough. Thank you! –Bonnie 🙂

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