A few months ago, I picked a name off of the Wrapped in Hope birthday list. Wrapped in Hope (a part of Margaret's Hope Chest) provides birthday quilts for children with a parent in prison. I made the Dirtbike Quilt for a little boy last year, and this year I chose a 13-year-old boy who lists his interests as "football." Cool, because that's one of my interests too.
I wanted the quilt to be simple, masculine, and (most importantly) not lame. I landed quickly on the Easy Going Modern pattern by Felicity of Felicity Quilts. She developed the pattern for a workshop and is releasing it soon as a stand-alone pattern. I sweet-talked her into letting me try it early (Thanks, Felicity!). It's a great pattern. Felicity's directions are thorough and clear, and she gives some really helpful tips and tricks. The pattern would be great for a beginner or for a more experienced quilter looking for a quick project without having to do any quilty math. (Felicity's pattern is layer cake friendly too! Check out her gorgeous layer cake version here.)
Now, as football-loving person myself who lives in a place where football reigns supreme, I knew color choice was important. I wish I knew what team this boy cheers for, but that information wasn't available. I made an educated guess based on where he lives...and I'm hoping the red/white/black color scheme is acceptable. (Fingers crossed!) The fabrics are Kona White, Black, and Rich Red. I followed Felicity's lead and quilted in wavy lines.
Now, the back is where you'll find the football bonanza. I found this Sports Life print by Robert Kaufman and thought it was the perfect backing.
I went with a simple striped binding. (Play Ball Stripe Red)
I'm relieved to have this finished in time for this boy's birthday! Wrapped in Hope is a great cause. It looks like there are a few kids left on the list for 2012. Check it out if you can help!