Racing Quilts

Last weekend, I attended my first Formula 1 race in Montreal.  It was amazing!  The beauty of the cars; the roar of the engines; the thrill of the racing – it was all quite inspiring.  So, in honor of the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, my blog this week features racing quilts!

I have been exposed to motor car racing a fair bit over the years, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that racing should make its way into a couple quilts.  This little cuddle quilt was made from a fabric panel featuring Mark Martin’s NASCAR stock car.

This bed quilt was the perfect complement for a racing-theme bedroom.


Want to make your own racing quilt?  Here’s how.

Begin with a 9″ Double Nine-Patch variation.

Add three 3″ borders.

Make sixteen 9″ Nine-Patch blocks.  Make eight with black in the corners and eight with white in the corners.

Make eight

Make eight

Join blocks together to frame the center unit.

Add three more 3″ borders.

This section will be turned on-point and four large triangles added.

For the triangles, make four more 9″ Nine-Patch blocks with black in the corners.

Make four

Make eight 9″ Nine-Patch half blocks with white in the corners.

Make eight

Sew a half block to each side of a Nine-Patch block.

Make four

Cut a 10-¼” square in quarters diagonally.

Sew a quarter-square triangle to each Nine-Patch unit.

Add 3″ and 9″ borders to the corner triangles.  Attach corners to edges of quilt.

If you’re really keen, you can quilt racing cars in the outer border as I did!

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  1. kkwylie says:

    Hi Christine,
    The center block measures 9 inches, so the larger red and black solid squares finish at 3″ (cut at 3-1/2″) and the smaller black and white squares finish at 1″ (cut at 1-1/2″).

    Good luck with your project!
    All the best,

  2. Christine Ostrom says:

    HI, Kathy!

    What are the dimensions of the center square and the small black and white squares and the red and black solids?
    I am making this for one of my students who is sick and will be in the hospital a good part of the summer.
    Thanks for your help!

  3. Hi Darlene,
    The double nine patch is 9″ finished size.
    Have fun!

  4. Darlene Miley says:

    What is the size of the double nine patch that you begins the quilt? From there I think I can try to make this for a friend. Thank you for your help.

  5. Hi Alexa,
    According to EQ7, the yardage is:
    Black 7 1/8
    White 2
    Red 3 (with a note that long strips are pieced)

    I haven’t tested or confirmed these numbers but they should give you something to go on.
    All the best,

  6. How many yards of each fabric needed for this quilt?

  7. kkwylie says:

    Hi Rosie,
    How much will you offer me for it? My son isn’t using it anymore…

    Send me an email


  9. LadyShoe10 (Christine) says:

    Love these racing quilts!

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