Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2010




Thanks so much to Amy for hosting this great festival of quilts! So much inspiration!

It took me a while to decide which of my quilts to enter in the festival, but I had to go with the Autobahn quilt. This certainly isn't my most technically complicated quilt, but I think it is the one I learned the most from making, so it has been very important in my growth as a quilter.

autobahn quilt front

This is the second quilt I made for my oldest son, Otto. He was 3.5 years old, and had just figured out that he could request that I make him things. He asked me to make a quilt for him, and wanted to pick out the fabric himself. I took him to the shop and he picked out the three main prints (the big blocks on the front and the large panels on the back), which all featured cars. He also picked out most of the other prints, and was quite insistent on the one with the gears. Then I got to work designing. It was a challenge to use all these very different prints, but I love the way they came together in the end.

autobahn quilt back

This is the largest quilt I've made so far (54" x 72") and it fits perfectly on his bunk bed. This is also the first time I'd attempted free-motion machine quilting, and while there are definitely some rough spots, I love the way it came out. All the work paid off when he opened it up at Hanukkah and exclaimed "oh, my quilt, it's PERFECT!" He loves it and sleeps with it every night, and drags it around the house during the day.

car quilt detail

Don't forget to click on the button up at the top to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival for tons of wonderful quilts and inspiration.

15 comments:

PJ said...

You, and your son, are very talented. The colors in your quilt are super. I like it a lot!

Kirsten said...

I love that your little boy picked out his own fabric! And excellent job finding a way to mesh them together, the quilt looks great :)

Sandra Schwab said...

What a lovely, cheerful quilt for your little boy!

Caron said...

This is such a cute quilt... your little guy will love it so much!

linda said...

Your little guy did a great job picking out fabric! If you get a chance to visit my blog, look for the post called Kate's quilt. My oldest son made one for his girlfriend. He designed the quilt in his sketchbook, picked out the fabric, and did most of the sewing. It was a great bonding time for us, and his girlfriend loved it.

Carol said...

Way to go mama for letting Otto be the driving force behind the quilt. Looks like he has a good sense for color and humor.

quiltilicious said...

Fantastic quilt - particularly love the back

Katie B. said...

Your son must treasure this quilt! It's fantastic. I made a quilt for my little boy, and it makes me so proud to see him enjoy it. P.S. Love that sprocket fabric! I used that in my son's quilt too.

erin lebeau said...

wow it really is perfect! love it!!! http://erinlebeau.blogspot.com/

Leslie said...

oh i love this! the colors and the quilting...but the backing is the absolute best part. gorgeous

Sandra said...

what a great quilt for the little guy and so cool that he got to pick out fabrics. That pattern is a perfect way to showcase fav fabrics.
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rebecs said...

very cute quilt. and I love the backing, two quilts in one! well done.

Eileen said...

love the colors and layout of your quilt. the back is great also. cute story about your little one--those are precious memories

Laurel H. said...

I'm with your son; this IS perfect!

a maiden hair fern said...

your son picked some cute prints, and you did a good job putting them together in a way that showed them off. Nice job.