Saturday, April 5, 2014
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!
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!
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 cut 8" squares to make 7" finished half-square triangles. Super quick and easy!
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.
So, now Michael has his own quilt, and I feel much less guilty! :)