Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mark's Firetruck Quilt

I bought this fabric as a kit at a wonderful quilt show in Nashville, TN. I loved the vintagey feel of the firetrucks and I knew it would be a great quilt for my littlest one.
Finally got around to finishing it a few weeks ago. I had the top pieced in the spring, then sent it off to my wonderful sister to machine quilt it (she has a mid-arm, but I'm not jealous or anything...) Then early this fall I sewed the binding on the front and the only left to do was HAND sew the binding to the back. I really dont' mind this process, but alas, it sat in my living room for months before I just picked it up and finished it. I'm so glad I did. Of course, I had to make a matching pillowcase :)

A Christmas present still sitting on my shelves

006, originally uploaded by myittybittyquilts.

Ok, I made this lap quilt in plenty of time for Christmas, but alas, it is still sitting here on my bookshelves. Why? Well, I haven't labelled it. Seriously, of all the steps in making the quilt, why is this one holding me up?
All the fabrics in the field of the quilt are various Amy Butler lines. I participated in a quilt block swap at and ended up with a fantastic variety of 6 1/2" blocks. I used the free pattern on her site as my inspiration, but of course, changed many things.
I think the hardest part about this quilt was choosing the borders. I knew that they couldn't be too wild because of the busyness of the field. The blue is one of the Amy Butler solids and the light green is a small check from the City Girl line.
I chose to do a small stipple all over the whole thing. I adore the crinkly look, so I washed it and dried it before gifting. I also like to do this so the recipient isn't surprised and especially, displeased with the quilt after THEY need to wash it.