Test Fitting the Passthrough Cover
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Quilted, Insulated Passthrough Cover

My husband is working hard on the interior of another custom travel vehicle. This time, we’re working with a MUCH smaller vehicle than the one we traveled in for 5 months in 2019: a JLU Wrangler. It used to be a 4-door Jeep, but he cut off the back end and converted it into this:

Travel Vehicle for 2024

Travel Vehicle for 2024

As the interior is starting to take shape, so are design details that I get really excited about: cushions, accent colors, and bedding! To help keep the living area separate from the driving area, my husband built in a custom carbon fiber wall behind the seats with a cutout that we will be able to use as a passthrough. If we take our time, we can slither our bodies through, but mostly the passthrough will be for just that: passing items through it from the front to the back or the back to the front. But for privacy reasons and to help thermally isolate both sides, a cover for the passthrough was needed.

Layers of the Insulated Passthrough Cover

Layers of the Insulated Passthrough Cover

We actually spent a long time thinking about what we wanted to use as the insulation layers. Ultimately, we settled on a pieced cotton top, a cotton backing, and 5 layers between them: 2 layers of Insul-Bright batting, 2 layers of Dream Green batting, and 1 layer of plastic to act as a moisture barrier. As you can see in the photo above, all those layers stacked together makes for a pretty thick sandwich (about ½” thick uncompressed).

Tying the Passthrough Cover Layers Together

Tying the Passthrough Cover Layers Together

Because one of the main goals for this cover is to provide some insulation, I didn’t want to quilt the sandwich as densely as I normally would. I also did not want to overly compact the layers together. So for this project, tying the layers together, using 12wt Aurifil thread, felt like the right approach.

Passthrough Cover

Passthrough Cover

The pieced blocks of the cover are 5″ square finished, so we opted to tie the layers together at the corners of each block. I used 12wt Aurifil in 4663 (Baby Blue Eyes, a variegated thread) for the center and 2740 (Dark Cobalt) for the outer corners. The piecing itself uses Kona Cottons in Niagara (lightest), Paris Blue, Malibu, Riviera, and Indigo (darkest – binding). Because I oversized the piecing and used a traced template from the camper to cut the pieced top and sandwiched layers down to the final size, the darkest piecing elements from the quilt top actually got mostly cut away, so it felt like the right choice to bring it back as the binding.

Passthrough Cover - Backing

Passthrough Cover – Backing

The backing is Essex Speckle in Black, and those speckles are perfect for hiding the 12wt thread I used to tie the layers together. The photo of the backing above does show that the layers do dimple together a little bit at each of the tied locations. The photo might also show that I opted to machine sew the binding down to both sides. And boy, was getting the binding on the quilt a workout for my Juki. I could definitely tell when I was stitching through a seam in the binding or seams in the pieced top. But I got it on.

Test Fitting the Passthrough Cover

Test Fitting the Passthrough Cover

After getting the binding on, we took it out to see how it looked in the camper. Those blues are really going to add a nice pop of color to the interior!

Sewing on 3/4" wide loop

Sewing on ¾” wide loop

Because my Juki had enough trouble going through all the layers for the binding, we opted to use my husband’s Sailrite sewing machine to stitch a ¾” wide strip of loop around the perimeter of the passthrough cover (self adhesive hook will be applied to the wall of the camper). A Sailrite is an industrial machine with a built in walking foot. The needle on the machine reminds me of a longarm quilting machine needle, and after getting the tension settings correct (using a test sample), it sewed through all the layers beautifully.

Passthrough Cover Installed - View from Cab

Passthrough Cover Installed – View from Cab

With the passthrough cover installed, this is the view from inside the cab of the vehicle.

Passthrough Cover

Passthrough Cover

With a corner of the passthrough peeled back, you can see how the loop looks on the back of the cover and the white self adhesive hook blends right in with the camper walls.

Passthrough Cover

Passthrough Cover

The finished passthrough cover measures 26″ wide by 21½” tall. We are really happy with how it came together and how the color will brighten things up!

19 thoughts on “Quilted, Insulated Passthrough Cover

  1. Sheila says:

    Wow you guys are really talented. What a great job.

  2. aquilterstable says:

    Love your creative solution!

  3. Cindy Pieters says:

    A quilted solution, great idea!

  4. Annie says:

    WOW! What a great project – very nice!

  5. Patty says:

    So very clever!

  6. Bernie says:

    Perfect! A little burst of color as well as a lot of functionality. Love the shot of you holding the cover up- your shirt and crocs coordinating with the project!

  7. That is a feat of engineering in the sewing room and travel vehicle. Bravo for having access to a sailrite sewing machine – I didn’t realize your husband sewed, too. Smart to use it for that last step.

  8. Vicki in MN says:

    In addition of you talents your hubby is very talented making you another travel vehicle. I am looking forward to see how you guys design the interior!!

  9. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting says:

    Beautiful!!! I love the patchwork touch you’ve added to the interior, in such a useful way, Yvonne!!

  10. Well is that ever slick Yvonne (and Michael!). What a cool machine he has there; you know our longarms are just that, industrial machines! How exciting to see this all coming together. Hope you’ll show us a photo inside when it’s all finished.

  11. Great solution to the pass-through cover, adding a bit of color and your special style to the interior. Looks great from both sides.

  12. Your pass-through cover is perfect and definitely has your trademark transparency look! I’m excited to hear about your adventures in your new travel vehicle.

  13. Kate says:

    Very inventive! And pretty too. Looks like you will have another fun adventure this year.

  14. I love how quilts are just about everywhere in your life!

  15. Elizabeth E. says:

    I get excited about all of Michael’s builds, but especially when your skills come to the fore. I love that there is a Sailrite in the shop, and that it worked for your clever/perfect design. I keep coming back around the question though: why the loop tape on the vehicle side, and not the hook tape? Is it about flexibility for the cover? Color? Sturdiness? Or maybe None of the Above — thanks for another fun post.

  16. Nettie Sews says:

    Fantastic that you can use your quilting skills to make such a beautiful cover that was needed.

  17. Joan says:

    Thanks! This might also work for my laundry area – the walls are metal and cold! This could use magnetic tape! Thanks!

  18. Megan Wenger says:

    I’m curious how you stitched through the plastic layer.

  19. That is super cool!! I like how it adds color – but!! is super useful!!!

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