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Sewing a cute quilted travel game with Northcott’s Urban Elementz fabrics

Sewing a cute quilted travel game with Northcott’s Urban Elementz fabrics

by Jackie White

This week we’re going to use Northcott’s Urban Elementz fabric line to create a bunch of fun quilty projects in no time flat. Today’s project is this unique quilted version of X’s and O’s. It’s fun for the whole family and can be taken on the road and rolled out at any destination! This quilted game consists of a ‘board’ or quilt that measures 19” x 19” as well as 5 heart shapes and 5 circle shapes that are used to play the game.

A quilted travel game of 'X's and O's' but in the shapes of hearts and circles, made with Northcott's Urban Elementz fabrics.

Quilted travel game, played the same way as you play X’s and O’s.

Let’s get started. This cool polka dot fabric is from Northcott’s Urban Elementz collection, and I love it!


  • ¼yd #21463-64 blue dots – heart shapes
  • ¼yd  #21463-28 pink dots on pink – circle shapes
  • ½yd #21621-99 black with white polka dots – sashing, backing and binding
  • ½yd #9000-00 white – background
  • 20” x 20” batting
  • 5 heart buttons
  • 5 round buttons
  • 1 pkg HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets
  • 24” rick rack 
  • UNIQUE SEWING Air Erasable Fabric Marker – Fine – Purple

The Urban Elementz polka dot fabrics with all of the notions that will be needed to make the quilt laying on top of it.

Northcott’s fabric collection ‘Urban Elementz’ with sewing tools needed to make quilted game


Cut the white fabric into nine 5½” squares.

Cut the black with white polka dots fabric into six 1½” x 5½” strips, four 1½” x  17½” strips and two 1½” x 19½” strips. Save the remainder for binding.

Sew a 1½” x 5½” black strip to one side of one of the 5½” white squares of fabric. Repeat five more times so you have six blocks with a strip down one side. Turn all of these blocks so the black strips are all on the right-hand side.

Layout the blocks into three rows, so each row consists of two of the blocks made above and one of the remaining 5½” squares of white fabrics. See the photo below.

Nine white squares of fabric on the design wall, with six black sashing strips sewn to the right hand side of six of the squares

Sew the black sashing to six of the white squares and lay them out as pictured.

Sew the blocks into rows and press.

Next, sew a 17½” black sashing strip between rows 1 and 2, and between rows 2 and 3 and press.

Sew the remaining two 17½” strips to the top and bottom and press.

Sew the 19½” strips to the remaining two sides. Press.

Here is the finished quilt top made with nine white squares with black sashing and borders around it, all made with Northcott's Urban Elementz fabrics

Quilt top with sashing and borders added.

Next, I’m going to show you a fabulous way to help you figure out where to quilt. I usually have some vague idea of what I’m going to quilt and just hope for the best. But not anymore, not with this fancy-schmancy UNIQUE SEWING Air Erasable Fabric Marker.

This marker allows you to draw your quilting design directly onto your quilt sandwich and then you just go ahead and quilt. In 12-24 hours the marks are gone! Simply magic!

As an added bonus, it’s now super easy for me to show you my plans for quilting too! As you can see, I’ve drawn hearts in a lot of places that I plan to free motion quilt.

Quilt top with hearts drawn with purple marker indicating where to machine quilt.

Quilt top with hearts drawn on it with an air erasable marker.

Layer the quilt top with batting and backing and then quilt either by hand or machine. Once you have finished quilting, trim the edges with a rotary cutter and ruler.

Cut the rick rack into two 12” pieces and pin one end of each to the back of the quilt along one of the raw edges. Sew the binding onto the sides of the quilt, securing the ends of the rick rack.

Now, when you roll up the quilt, you just tie the two pieces of rick rack in a bow.

Rick rack tucked under binding before stitching on machine, so it gets stitched down with the binding.

The rick rack is pinned to the back of the quilt and sewn into the binding.

Come back tomorrow and we’ll use the Urban Elementz fabrics to make the circle and heart game pieces and finish our quilted travel game!

The Urban Elementz quilted travel game is rolled up and tied with rick rack.

Quilted travel game all rolled up and ready to travel!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: How to turn fabrics into game pieces with HEATNBOND Lite


1 comment

Linda February 15, 2017 - 6:05 pm

Great Idea


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