Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Sports Fan Quilt

The Sports Fan Quilt
Happy Weekend! I wanted to pop in quickly to share a fun quilt I made earlier this year.  I've been meaning to post about it for a while now, so I thought I better go ahead and do that today while I have some extra time! Otherwise, I'll never post about it!

The Sports Fan Quilt
Michael and I have been together for 6 years, but somehow I still hadn't made a quilt just for him.  For the longest time, he never asked for one.  Finally last winter, he did, but with the craziness of last year, I just didn't get around to making it.  This year, for his Birthday I set aside the time and made him his own quilt! I haven't made too many manly quilts, but he gave me plenty of guidance.  Very specific guidance.  It needed to have Detroit Red Wings fabric, Detroit Lions fabric, Detroit Tigers fabric, and Cleveland Cavaliers fabric in it.  Oy! 

The Sports Fan Quilt
I started searching for all this sports fabric, and was not coming up with much luck, at all.  I managed to find some Cavaliers fabric but that was pretty much it.  So, I decided to forgo that idea and instead use solids.  I went with half-square triangles because I love them, and they are geometric, which felt like it would go well with a sports theme.  Each half-square triangle is made up of colors from one of his favorite teams.  The orange and navy is for the Tigers, gray and blue for the Lions, white and red for the Red Wings and the gold and burgundy for the Cavaliers.

I was a little nervous he wouldn't realize what I had done, but he got it right away, and it was a hit! It has been getting lots of use this winter! I quilted it with my typical doodle loops, and finished it off with some solid binding. I used all Art Gallery Pure Elements for this quilt, specifically: Snow, London Red, Burnt Orange, Nocturnal, Parisian Blue, Ash, Spiceberry, and Honey.  It's bound in Moonstone. I used 1/2 yard of each solid, and the half-square triangles finish at 8.5". The quilt measures 51"x68". Super quick and easy!

The Sports Fan Quilt
The Sports Fan Quilt
But the real party is on the back! A couple years ago, I thrifted this amazing vintage NFL sheet.  I knew immediately it would make it's way into a quilt for Michael one day.

The Sports Fan Quilt
So, now Michael has his own quilt, and I feel much less guilty! :)

20 comments:

  1. My husband had that sheet set and a blanket as a kid. The blanket we use for picnics and the flat sheet for a drop cloth. They're not in good enough shape for any other use. I like the idea of using the team colors without it being team fabric. A way to make a sophisticated quilt that recognizes their sports loyalty.

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  2. What a great bold choice for the quilt. It IS perfect for the sports minded guy in you life. I really like the back and useing a vintage sheet, genius.

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  3. I like your husband... He has great taste in pro teams (except Cleveland). I don't get to talk about my favorite teams as much now that I live in Texas.
    I love your quilt!!!

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  4. It looks great and I love the use of all the fun but still manly colors.

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  5. Nice. Love the bold graphic quality of the solids!

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  6. Looks awesome--very manly!

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  7. I came here to say...
    "I like the idea of using the team colors without it being team fabric. A way to make a sophisticated quilt that recognizes their sports loyalty" but someone said it first. Love your quilt!

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  8. Maybe my husband will one day get a green, black red and white quilt for ulster and irish rugby!

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  9. Great job Jeni! Looks like you fulfilled all the criteria.

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  10. I am glad someone has taken a long time to make a quilt for their husband besides me. I bought material two years ago and think i really need to sit down and finish this quilt. I always have another quilt to do do for someone else. your quilt is beautiful i love it.

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  11. Great idea! The colors really work well together! The backing is a prize for sure!

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  12. Oh how perfect!! GREAT job! I can just imagine how snugged up and loved Michael must feel :)

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  13. What a great idea to combine all the colors. The backing is awesome.

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  14. Such a great idea for a quilt for a man -- thanks for sharing!

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  15. How big did this end up being? Love it - I want to use it for my boys and the San Francisco teams!!!

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