I'm so happy to be sharing this finished quilt. I bought the race car fabric quite a while ago and hadn't found a reason to use it until recently. I designed this quilt to feature the race cars without chopping them up to small. There are a fair number of partial seams, but I already mastered those while making my Purple Ninja quilt. I love bright colors and enjoyed pulling together the blender fabrics to accompany the race cars. I ordered the Ta Dot print in Apple and Crosshatch Sketch in Tangerine since I didn't have the right green or orange in my stash. So five of my seven fabrics are from my stash.
Each section is quilted in matching Aurifil thread (Red #2250, Burnt Orange #1133, Canary #2120, Spring Green #1231, Turquoise #2810). I chose to use the same motif in each matching section of the layout, and I wanted a variety of curves and lines. The cars each have a freeform, flamelike pattern (in Natural White #2021). The square sections each have a square spiral. I used large pebbles (I like to think of them as river rocks) in the top of each pair of rectangles and switchback quilting on the diagonal in the lower rectangle. The long, skinny rectangles were each quilted with a curvy zigzag that ended up looking like shark fins to me. It's been a while since I've done much free motion quilting, so it was fun to get back in the groove. It's so much more fun than quilting a bunch of parallel straight lines (that quilt will be done soon so I can share it!).
I had a great stripe in my stash that I chose for the backing, which drove the size of the quilt. It finished at 34" x 40". I think it's a great baby quilt size, even though this one will be going to a 4-year-old. It's still a great size for cuddling up with at that age. Certainly big enough to cover himself on the couch for reading or TV watching.
Since the quilt was full of color and the backing was, um... loud, I decided to bind it in a black and white. It's the first time that I have made a straight grain binding which I found a little more picky to work with, but I wanted to keep the crosshatch pattern on the binding on the diagonal.
What do you like best about making quilts for kids?
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