blogger’s quilt festival 3

23 May

my boy's quilt

for the third round of blogger’s quilt festival, i decided to highlight my boy’s quilt since amy had a hand in making it through our quilting bee, a notion or 2.

i sent everyone a fat quarter and 2 fat eighths of numerous different fabrics. (i just counted, there were 12 different prints.) they could add fabric, but i asked that they only use yellow, orange, brown, tan and turquoise, with black and white being a given since they are in practically everything.

justice is into cars, robots, pirates & trains. i got back a ton of really great blocks. every time i looked to flickr, there was a new block and they blew me away. i did the entire third row. (the car, his name & the bear block.)

i collected them all in st. louis & brought them to the desert to piece them together. i originally planned on giving all the kids their quilts for chrannukah, but didn’t end up getting some of the girls’ squares back and didn’t have time to make more before we devoured presents. i ended up giving it to him for his 4th birthday.

i had a lot of coordinating material left over, so i squared up each block to 16 inches with the extras. it was already pretty big and i didn’t want it to be any wider, so i made rows of blocks and only added white sashing between the rows horizontally.


the back is a large log cabin made of my paternal grandma’s 2″ squares that i inherited & still more leftovers.

the back

i had been eyeing jay mccarroll’s germania since it came out (and now there are knits!) & the colors were perfect, so i snagged a couple of yards to shore up the back.

this was also the largest quilt i’ve quilted on my own. it was kind of daunting, but i managed to do it and think the free-motion quilting turned out pretty well. i’ve had some tension issues on the back side, but i just had my machine serviced and made sure to slow down a bit. so far, i haven’t had any stair-step issues like i did in the past.

the binding

for the binding, i used up almost all of the remaining scraps & really like the scrappy look.

my boy loves his quilt and i’m a proud mama for making it for him with the help of my friends. i hope to get it together to show off the quilts for the girls. which reminds that miss james will be 2 in 2.5 months & i need to get her quilt done! first, to move into the new digs. soon, hopefully, very soon.

20 Responses to “blogger’s quilt festival 3”

  1. Patricia Belyea July 13, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Spirited quilt. Great work.

  2. Kathy L June 5, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    That’s a great quilt that you made for your son. The colors work very well with each other.

  3. Penny June 2, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    I absolutely love this quilt! You definitely can’t take it all in at a glance, it draws you in to look closer. Very cool!

  4. aunt spicy June 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Love, LOVE! What a great quilt, so bright and cheery!

  5. Heather May 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Thats a very nice quilt. So fresh looking.

  6. Renee May 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Those are great quilts! I’m always amazed by people who have this sort of patient talent

  7. Carol Hansen May 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Lots of interesting blocks and I like the back.

  8. Marci Girl May 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    How sweet, though when I first looked at it, I thought, Oh Lord, this quilt has the F-word right smack in the middle…haha! I love the back too.

  9. eileen May 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    nice quilt and fun way to do it with friends’ help. great pictures

  10. erica May 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    So unique! I love it!

  11. Brittany May 26, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    This makes me want to quilt lol, and I know nothing about it. ^_^

  12. Kristen May 26, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    This is fabulous! The back is soo sweet. I love the story behind the squares. I need to try a quilting bee. I think I need to wait until the kids are at school. How do you find time for it?

  13. muskrat May 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Our kids’ quilts were made by my great grandmother, I think. I know they’re old and that I didn’t make them.

  14. Rita E May 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    What a great quilt! This will always be a special quilt for your little boy.

  15. tara May 24, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Wow, it looks so great. I have yet to do such a big quilt free motion. Awesome!

  16. Kimberly May 24, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Very cute. I love the pieced binding. Bee quilts are so much fun to put together. i have two more to do myself. 🙂 Excellent work!

  17. Yvonne May 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Too cute! And so fun to have blocks made by friends.

  18. Marika May 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Very beautiful Quilt is work!

  19. Lynn Beck May 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I love your son’s quilt. The colors are wonderful.

  20. Sandy from Germany May 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    What a fantastic gift for your child! I love that this quilt holds so many memories and that so many people helped in the making of it.

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