Earlier this summer, DD, SIL, and DS visited us for a few weeks and that gave me the chance to give him an early birthday present. I worked on it this winter and spring and was thrilled to be able to present it to him earlier in the month. By all accounts, it is well loved and appreciated and has already travelled west to take up residence in its new home.
Here is the story of this quilt. I printed off a Roughriders logo on fabric and used that as my inspiration throughout the winter to choose a design and fabrics. I decided to make a cuddle quilt out of flannel for those cold winters out West. Green, black and white solids were the colors I chose to match the logo.
As to the design of the quilt, I literally googled everything from "green quilts" to "sports quilts" to "flannel quilts" to get some ideas. Using my searches and quilt images, I found a wonderful Bento Box quilt made by Anya at Hills Creek Quilter. She made her quilt using the free tutorial posted by Film in the Fridge. I wanted the quilt to be bright, bold, and trendy, and this pattern fit the bill. Now I had a plan...
It was so quick and easy to sew the blocks together...
but admittedly, a little scary to cut each block in four.
Then the fun came back when the quarters were arranged and this bright and bold block appeared.
One block quickly became a stack.
I designed the centre block around the logo I had printed using Printed Treasures Printable Fabric.
The flimsy was very photogenic. You can tell this picture was taken in the spring before the trees had leafed out.
I sandwiched the quilt with cotton batting and flannel backing using a multitude of pins to baste the layers in place. I decided to machine quilt it using "stitch in the ditch" and off I went...
Woodworker Hubby caught me at the dining room table...there was no way this quilt and I would fit in my sewing corner!
I added a few borders to the top and bottom to change the design from a square to a rectangle resulting in what I think is a perfect sized cuddle quilt.
I also added a little more interest to the quilt by appliqueing a few football helmets on the front of the quilt. The binding was attached, a label added, and ta da...it was ready for gifting. This quilt is now ready for SIL to enjoy the football season. I have a feeling it will be very happy in its new home. Go Riders!
Next week we are hosting the 9th annual quilt show and sale at the historic St. David's Church in Port Hastings, NS.
It runs from Thursday, August 7 through to Thursday, August 14th from 10-4 every day. I will be working there along with my quilty friends so please drop by to say hello and to see some wonderful treasures made by local quilters and members of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society. We will have a quilt set up on a frame in the church hall that the ladies will work on all week and there will be goodies to munch on like tea and oat cakes. Maybe I'll see you there?
The church is located at the rotary at the entrance to Cape Breton. Just look for the quilts blowing in the wind!
It's a great day to quilt!