Friday, May 13, 2011

Extreme Orange! (Bloggers’ Quilt Festival)

Yay! It’s time for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side! I’m so glad Blogger decided to cooperate so we can get on with the festivities.

Today I’m featuring my orange dirt bike quilt. (That’s right—a dirt bike quilt.) Margaret’s Hope Chest has a project called Wrapped in Hope, and they’re providing birthday quilts for children who have parents in prison. I signed up to make a quilt for Dresden (with that name he’s sure to appreciate quilts, right?). He’s turning 3 this month, and he requested a quilt featuring dirt bikes and the color orange. This must be a cool kid.

After a few moments of head-scratching (not much dirt bike fabric in my stash! Okay, not any!) I remembered this quilt by Rebecca of Chasing Cottons and knew that the Michael Miller Extreme Team fabric would be just right for this quilt.

So, after some thinking and sketching, I came up with this plan…

Sketch

Which became this quilt.

Dirtbike quilt


Dirtbike panel
I didn’t want to cut up that main panel, so I decided to frame it out with orange and black, and then added patchwork squares surrounding it.

DIrtbike close
I just bought a few fat quarters of the Extreme Team fabric, so I added some Kona Tangerine, Ash, and Aqua to the mix. I pulled out the aqua color from the puzzle print. I used Kona Black for the binding.

Dirtbike quilting
My favorite part (and I think it just might be Dresden’s favorite too) is the road, which was a last-minute addition to the plan. In this picture, you can see that I quilted in gray thread in the blocky meandering stitch. I think it gives the road kind of an asphalt look.

Dirtbike back
I wanted to continue the road theme on the back, so I added an intersection. I can just see Dresden spreading this out on the floor and driving his cars up and down the road. I filled out the back with Tangerine and Aqua yardage (and a bit of Ash when I came up short).

I’m excited to send this quilt off to its new home! (My 3-year-old son—not so excited to see this one go.)

Now head over to Amy’s blog to see lots (and LOTS) of more quilts on parade!
Amy's Creative Side

58 comments:

Kristie said...

Yay! Blogger is back :-)

Love how this turned out! You did a great job, front and back!

felicity said...

I'm following Kristie around blogland! Add me to the list of those happy that Blogger is back. LOVE this quilt so much - you did a fabulous job highlighting the larger-scale fabric and communicating a theme. Did I mention that I LOVE it? :)

Lisa said...

Love the quilting on this! And the back is as wonderful as the front. Great job!

Elizabeth D. said...

I absolutely adore this quilt, Katie. This is one super lucky little boy!! It's going to an awesome snuggling quilt, and an awesome quilt to play on, with that road! :)

Kirie said...

Love it, love it, love it! Absolutely wonderful. Simple geometric design and beautiful colours. Congatulations on the idea!

Vicky said...

this is great! I love the solids you picked to go with the extreme teen fabric! He is going to LOVE this!

Becky said...

OH, I love it! So much fun!

Kati said...

I love how it turned out, especially the back. It's perfect for a little boy.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I've been waiting to see this completed. The back is just fantastic!!! And I love your quilting, too.

Robin said...

can't decide which side I like better. He is going to love this quilt, Katie. You did a fantastic job.
your proud mama

Sara said...

Killer boy quilt---the quilting is so appropriate and great! TY for sharing.

Janet said...

What a fabulous quilt - and for a lucky little boy. Love the road idea.

quilthexle said...

How wonderful you combined the wishes of the little man! This is a one-of-a-kind-quilt, gorgeous! And I can't decide which side I like better, too ;-))

stitchinpenny said...

Your imagination opened doors on a little boy's heart and mind. You did a fantastic job of fulfilling his request with a very bright and welcoming quilt.

traceyjay said...

oh my gosh... the back is too cool! What a great little quilt! ♥

and the quilting... so clever...

Leah said...

What an amazing gift. The roads on it are the coolest.

Eileen said...

This is marvelous! That road is indeed a wonderful addition on both sides. Sweet to make for a child with a difficult situation to deal with. Taught a couple young boys years ago in that situation and have often wondered how their lives have turned out. Hope they had people further along who were positive influences. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Jane said...

Katie, Just found your blog recently. What great work you do!

Allie said...

I think this is the best boy quilt I've ever seen - AMAZING. I love it! Putting the road on there was sheer brilliance.

Lee said...

Wow, I bet Dresden is going to go crazy for this quilt. You took a theme I wouldn't have been brave enough to take on, and you made it into a modern quilting masterpiece! I agree, the road is brilliant. And the quilting is PERFECT for this design! Great job!

audreypawdrey said...

I have been waiting to see this since you hinted about it earlier this week, and it is awesome! It really is a fabulous boy quilt, and I love the quilting you did on this; it is perfect for "asphalt". I also love the back! Some little boy is going to have so much fun with his cars on this.;)

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Very cool. Love the design, colors and the quilting.

Laurel H. said...

Great quilt, for a great cause. :)

Kelli said...

This is such an ace boys quilt!
Great work, great cause!

Sarah Craig said...

Very cool little quilt, Katie! You did an awesome job!!

Karen said...

I love this! I have such a hard time trying to come up with something boys will like. thanks so much for the idea.

Karen said...

Wow - this has turned out so well. I love the way you have used the fabric to carry through the theme. What a wonderful gift!

Kate said...

Such a fun quilt! Love your front and back roads.

Kwilt Noob said...

Such a COOL quilt! This is going to make Dresden so happy!

baukje said...

What a lovely quilt for this young boy,, love your creativity!!!

Teresa said...

What an awesome quilt for a cool little kid. I really love the way you quilted it! I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing, I always love seeing boy quilts.

Martine said...

très masculin et vraiment original belle réalisation

Debbie said...

Fabulous job. Sounds like a great program for quilts and what a great way to stretch yourself

Laura K. said...

That's so neat! What a cool idea for a boy quilt. I really like your blocky meandering stitch- I can't quite get that one right for some reason.

Debbie said...

wow - amazing creativity here! Fun quilting too!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This is a GREAT quilt! Well done.

meli B said...

Love the black and the the whole story. I rarely use the Kona fabric and it really plays beautifully with your printed fabric.

Rose Hughes said...

Love it when a plan comes together, and sooo beautifully!

Claudia said...

I love your design and what a wonderful quilt! Dresden is sure to love this quit.

Kit said...

I love the back as much as the front! :)

grendelskin said...

What a great quilt! The orange really pops and I especially love the intersection on the back - genius!

Linz said...

I LOVE it!!! So cute!! Orange is so fun!!

Andrea Pisano said...

I love the colors ,beautiful idea

Carla said...

Perfect quilt for a boy. Great colors and the solids really look nice.

Cynthia said...

Love the road! So creative! The quilting is very fitting! Great work!

QuiltyGirl said...

I love the road! The whole thing is fabulous, really. :) And isn't that square meandering fun? I just did a lap quilt in that quilting style, and I can't get enough of it!

Cecily said...

Oh, I love this quilt! I think it might be one of my favorites in the show! Love the pattern and the fabrics and such great use of color! Awesome!

MN2NM said...

Awesome! I love the quilting and the roads!
I think Dresden will love it!

Hollie said...

What a great quilt for a lucky little boy!

BaileyGirl5 said...

Very cool quilt for a very cool sounding little boy. The quilting is just perfect! I always feel a quilt is a tangible expression of care and love and I'm sure he loves snuggling with his special quilt. LOVE IT!!

Sandra said...

Where to start - what a strong graphic quilt iwth lots of visual interest and appeal. And the back is as good as the front. Kudos
Come see my entries #211, repro cheddar orange stars and #215 antique 1850 applique flower garden

Marci Girl said...

I know I have commented on your dirt bike quilt before, but if not, it is so wonderful and I love the quilting!

Rachel said...

Love the quilting design you used, it fits the overall theme so well!! I also love that you made two roads on the back, great idea!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Cheers!
Rachel
http://www.dewberrylane.com

Cheryl said...

the yellow road and the quilt motif are just perfect - and the cause is such a good one

blue star stitcher said...

I love the aqua in this quilt, and how you framed that main panel, what a great quilt for a little boy!

Dee J. said...

Such a wonderful boy quilt. I'm sure that boy is 3x lucky to get this one.

Brittney said...

Great quilt! Novelty fabrics can be a little hokey sometimes, but you worked these prints! I love the concept and the execution, well done!
Also, thanks for stopping by my BQF post :)

Cindy said...

What a great idea! Your quilt turned out awesome! And I really enjoyed looking around your blog. Very inspirational!!