Make a Naptime Name Quilt with the Carefree Alphabet Die

Jan 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by Marjorie Busby

The GO! Carefree Alphabet die and the GO! Carefree Numbers die have become some of my favorites. The first time I used them was for numbers in the Winter Bliss machine embroidery. After that, I created an entire quilt top using the Perfect Placement Carefree Alphabet machine embroidery set method. And in this project, a new method for spacing the letters proportionally is shown on naptime name quilts for my twin grandchildren. The letters are machine embroidered onto separate background fabric blocks. When the embroidery is complete, the blocks are trimmed vertically, stitched together, and then trimmed horizontally to create a proportionally spaced name banner. Combining the Carefree Alphabet die and some simple blocks made with the AccuQuilt GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block makes this a perfect project for small quilts like these. 

These twins are such little clowns—here is a couple of pictures of them playing with their quilts. At one point Vivian refused to put down the toy computer (it IS 2018) and just held it up so I could take the picture. And of course, Vance thinks if he pinches the doll's foot he can get a rise out of his sister without getting into trouble himself—he’s always into mischief.


Supplies Needed:

AccuQuilt GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block

GO! Carefree Alphabet die

Perfect Placement Carefree Alphabet and Numbers Motif Applique Machine Embroidery

Machine embroidery supplies

Embroidery hoop that is 100 x 100mm (except the letter W requires a 115 x 100mm hoop)

Coordinating thread and bobbin thread

Lightweight cutaway or tearaway stabilizer

Background fabric

Appliqué fabric prepared with fusible web (I use Lite Steam A Seam2 because it is repositionable, but other fusibles will also work)

Water-soluble marking pen

Fat quarters or selected large fabric scraps for quilt blocks, and 3/4 yard of yardage for borders and binding (cutting information is below)

Quilt Batting and Backing


Make the Name Banner

Stitch the Machine Embroidery Letters

Select a fabric background that is larger than the final letter. The name banner was 5-1/2” high unfinished so a background square that is 1-1/2" larger (i.e., 7" x 7") gives ample room for embroidery and trimming. Hoop this background fabric and a lightweight or water-soluble stabilizer. A sticky stabilizer is nice if you prefer to "float" the background fabric on the hoop. You can also use a spray adhesive on a non-sticky stabilizer. I used Sulky KK2000 to complete the letters in this project.

Mount the prepared hoop onto the machine. Move the embroidery machine to the second color to begin stitching. DO NOT STITCH THE FIRST COLOR as the first color is used as a placement guide only on the stabilizer for a different method of letter placement which is included in the instructions for the machine embroidery.

Stitch the placement line for the letter onto the background fabric. Remove the hoop from the machine and using a mini-iron, fuse the letter just inside or on top of the letter placement line. Re-mount the hoop onto the machine and complete the embroidery.

Remove the hoop from the machine and remove excess stabilizer from the back of the embroidery.

Trim the Right and Left Sides of the Background Fabric:

Trim the letter by first aligning the lines on the ruler both horizontally and vertically with the letter. Allow a ½” margin on the right of the widest part of the letter. Using a rotary cutter, trim away all fabric in excess of the ½” margin on the right.

Turn the letter and repeat this process to trim excess fabric from the left side of the letter.



Align the letters horizontally

Lay the letters side by side on a cutting mat with the vertical edges just touching. Using a ruler, align the lower edges of the letters with the top edge of the ruler. A 12-24 inch ruler is ideal for this.

When the letters are aligned, use a water soluble marker to mark the sides of the background fabric at the point the ruler touches the letters and also mark the background fabric near the top edge. You will need TWO marks to assure that letters are aligned when stitching them.

Stitch the letters together matching the marks so that letters are aligned horizontally. Press seams open after stitching.



Trim the Row Top and Bottom for Placement in Your Quilt

Using a ruler, determine the height of the letter banner as it will be placed in the quilt. The actual letters are 3” so you will subtract 3” from the measurement needed (5-1/2" for this quilt). Be sure to include the seam allowance in the total height (1/2” for seam allowance top and bottom). Divide the remainder of the banner height by 2 to determine the measurement of fabric needed above and below the letters. In this example 1-1/4” was needed above and below the letters. You can see that I marked the ruler with washi tape to help me align it carefully along the top and bottom of the letters for trimming.



Add additional fabric “coping strips” as needed to either end of the banner to make it long enough to fit the top of the quilt. The number of letters in the name will determine the amount of fabric needed. 

In the photo below, you will see the letter banner completed, centered and trimmed to the correct length and ready for placement into the quilt.



Make the Quilt Blocks

You can make any quilt block you choose. My choices for these two quilts were very simple blocks. I used the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block set and chose an uneven 9 patch for the connector block and alternated that with simple but different pinwheel blocks for each quilt. The blocks are shown below with the shapes used in each block. There are good instructions for completing these blocks in the 72 block pattern book that can be downloaded from the AccuQuilt website.


Block 10589 Uneven 9 Patch

Make four blocks.

For each block:

Cut 1 each of Shape 1:  4-1/2” Square (4” Finished)

Cut 4 each of Shape 2:  2-1/2” Square (2” Finished)

Cut 4 each of Shape 8:  2-1/2” x 4-1/2” Rectangle (2” x 4” Finished)


Block 10555 Louisiana

Make 5 blocks.

For each Block:

Cut 4 each of Shape 4:  4” Finished Quarter Square Triangle (QST)

Cut 8 each of Shape 5:  2” Finished Half Square Triangle (HST)

Cut 4 each of Shape 8:  2-1/2” x 4-1/2” Rectangle (2” x 4” Finished)


Block 10588 Two by Two

Make 5 blocks.

For each Block:

Cut 4 each of light fabric and 4 each of dark fabric of Shape 8:  2-1/2” x 4-1/2” Rectangle (2” x 4” Finished)


Cut the borders

If your blocks will be 8” finished when completely sewn into the quilt top, you will cut the following borders and binding.

Name Border between pieced blocks and Name Embroidery: Cut 2" x 24-1/2" (Finished 1-1/2" x 24")

Vertical Outer Borders: Cut 2 each 3" x 31" (Finished 2-1/2" x 29-1/2")

Horizontal Outer Borders: Cut 2 each 3-1/2" x 29-1/2" (Finished 3" x 29")

Binding: Cut 4 each 2-1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips. Assemble with diagonal seams for binding. 

The overall finished quilt size is 29" x 36"


Assemble the Quilt Top

Make 9 blocks total and arrange them in a design that pleases you. Stitch together into rows and stitch the rows together to complete the 9 patch.

Stitch the border between the letters and the quilt blocks. 


Stitch the vertical borders onto the right and left sides of the combined name banner and blocks.

Stitch the horizontal borders onto the top and bottom of the quilt.


Quilt and Bind


OTHER OPTIONS: This is another idea for a Naptime Name Quilt using your strip dies.



by Marjorie Busby


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