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…
Which became this quilt.
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.
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.
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.
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!