Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tutorial! Pieced Dump Truck Quilt Block

You may remember about two weeks ago, I entered a little quilting contest and this was my original design entry:

I named this quilt block, ALL Boy, because of how much little boys
loving on their cars and trucks is so boyish. 
It was such a fun piece that I put together, I decided to put together a tutorial for everyone! :) 

Please Enjoy!

What you will need to make 1 dump truck block. 
  • Approx. one fat quarter for the bucket and sky (yellow and blue in the tutorial)
  • Around 1/4 yard or a 10" square of fabric for the cab (red in the tutorial)
  • 2, 5" diameter circles for the wheels (brown in tutorial)
  • Matching Thread
  • Batting, backing and 1/8 yard for binding if making mini quilt.  Not necessary if just making a block. 


1.  Cutting

  •  4-1/2" square
  •  7" Square
  •  5-1/2" x 3" rectangle 
  •  3-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangle 
  •  3-3/8" square cut in half diagonally
  •  5-3/8" square cut in half diagonally
  •  1-7/8" square cut in half diagonally


  •  3-1/2" x 1-1/2" rectangle
  •  1-7/8" square cut in half diagonally
  •  3-3/8" square cut in half diagonally
  •  5-3/8" square cut in half diagonally
  •  The rest of the material will be cut into strips in the last step. 

  • 4" x 1-1/2" rectangle
  • 6" Square
  • 1-7/8" square cut in half diagonally

2.   Sew the following sets of triangles as the diagram below shows using a 1/4" seam allowance:

3.   Sew all squares and rectangles as each diagram below shows, using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Plus signs are in between the seam edges that need to be sewn together:


4.    Measure the top of your rectangle across.  Then cut a 3" x (measurement +2) strip of blue fabric and sew to the top. 

Repeat with the bottom. 

Repeat with the left and right sides. 



5.  Take your two brown circles and appliqué on where the plus signs are in the below diagram. 

I appliquéd mine on with the normal appliqué stitch only, I did it once on the outside and then on the inside in the opposite direction as shown below. This gave the look of tire treads. 

Finally, quilt as desired and bind or add more blocks!  

I actually wanted to piece in a window for the cab, but according to the rules of the contest I entered when I pieced this I had to keep my 6" square of red in one piece or cut it into no more than 3 pieces.  Adding a pieced window would have violated that rule.  So instead I quilted in the window.  

Here's the modified part of the tutorial if you want your dump truck cab to have a window.


Repeat step 1 of original directions EXCEPT the following:


  • Cut all the same
  • Cut an additional 2-1/2" Square


  • 4" x 1-1/2" rectangle
  • 1-7/8" square cut in half diagonally
  • 2,  2-1/4" x 6" rectangles
  • 2,  2-1/4" x 2-1/2" rectangles

2. Follow above diagrams A - D, stopping at E.  

3.  Follow below diagrams: 




Also, after completing the piecing, I wanted to add a touch of sky between the cab and the bucket.  Here are the modified instructions for adding that if you wish. 


Repeat step 1 of original directions EXCEPT the following:


  •  4-1/2" square -- CHANGE TO 5-1/2" x 4-1/2"
  •  5-1/2" x 3" rectangle -- CHANGE TO 6-1/2" x 3"


  • Cut an additional 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangle

2.  Repeat diagrams from original tutorial step 3, stopping after diagram D.   Sew the new blue rectangle to the bottom of the yellow and blue strip in step D.  
3.  Follow the rest of the diagrams. 

I hope you enjoyed this and will be making all the little men in your life dump truck stuff! :) 

P.S.  If you have never pieced a quilt top before and want a few more tips, then come back on Thursdays!  My next few Tailoring Thursdays™ will focus on piecing tricks! :) 

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