Saturday, February 18, 2012

All roads lead to Julian!

We know a little boy who loves cars so much he takes his Hot Wheels to bed with him. 

Tomorrow is Julian's 3rd birthday and here racing in, just under the wire, is his completed birthday quilt. Vroom-vroom!


One of my photo assistants (my son) is feeling under the weather, so after a couple of shots I had to seek an alternative location.  I spread this new quilt out on my own bed.  Ramone seems to feel it needs some blocking.


The feature fabric is "Plaidsportation" by Michael Miller, and I mixed in some additional car-themed MM prints appropriately named "Hon-Honk" and "Toot-Toot."  I used most of a Connecting Threads micro-dot basics jelly roll and then drew on solids from my stash for the narrow borders, the two "streets" that run the length of the quilt, and the sashing.


Although I keep making resolutions about widening my quilting repertoire, I was (once again) working with a relatively limited time frame, so the quilting is a combination of straight-line and very broad meandering.  I may not have challenged myself in this regard, but it was quick and the result is a very soft and flexible quilt.  I particularly like the back, as simple as it is!




I have the perfect gift bag, and now all I have to do is deliver it. 



Many thanks to my bloggy friends for their advice about the side borders.  I had the perfect amount of the various car fabrics to add simple borders (purely by luck!), and with the clock ticking it did indeed prove best to keep it simple.

One final note: my 1st blogiversary is right around the corner -- less than a week away! I think a little giveway is order, don't you?  Perhaps it's time for you to raid my stash? 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend -- and a good "family day" if you happen to live where this newly-minted holiday is celebrated.

10 comments:

Cille said...

Someone will very soon be very happy. Such a cute quilt..

Jan-Maree said...

This is going to be one treasured little quilt! Love the roads going doing the middle and so will he i am sure - not sure there will be much sleeping under it at time but lots of fun!!!!

Helen said...

Fantastic quilt! and what a perfect gift bag! Your quilting looks great - I can never manage to "widen" my meandering - for some reason I can only do what I call "scribbling". Bigger than stippling but not big enough to call it meandering!

quirky granola girl said...

what a great little boy quilt. the roads are perfect!

Prof. S said...

Meandering on this huge scale just seems to come naturally to me right now -- it's quick and it works, but I really *must* do something else on the next quilt. Thankfully I don't have any more looming gift deadlines, so I can take my time!

Prof. S said...

Thanks so much! I appreciate that!

Prof. S said...

Tee hee. I heard from J's dad that he started playing with his quilt right away. Hopefully he can get some sleep under it too!

Prof. S said...

Thank you! I dropped it off during naptime, but heard later in the day that Julian was "over the moon" -- which is just about the nicest thing I could have heard!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's fabulous - good choice on the borders, they work perfectly! I'm so glad Julian likes it!

Tong said...

This is such a fun quilt, I love it! And Ramone looks like he really wants a cuddle!