Feb 13, 2012
The late quilt!
I have been saying how I haven't gotten any of the sewing and quilting I wanted to accomplish done this winter, but I did make one quilt ... I had forgotten to post it! I made it for my new nephew in Minnesota, this past Christmas was his very first and I never posted the project on the blog because it was a Christmas surprise for my brother's family, and this was a new technique I was learning and I wasn't sure it would even work out!
Can you tell what it's going to be?
It's a VW Bus!
There is no binding on the quilt, so it involved quilting the batting onto the top first, then sewing the backing on backwards and flipping the whole thing inside out kind of like a pillow cover. Then the backing is just tacked on in places throughout the quilt to hold it all together. I used a simple star embroidery machine stitch in places, I guess the machine equivalent of a tied quilt. I had never done applique either, so I was pretty nervous about those wheels, bumpers, headlight and door handle! It was hard to pick colors for a little boy, but once I picked out the yellow, my inner Marsha Brady took over, as she often does :)
The bonus of waiting to post? I now have a photo of the little guy on his quilt!
I wouldn't be surprised a bit if my brother actually sleeps with this quilt, the back story here is that their family are total VW junkies. (Actually my whole family is!). Bugs, Beetles, Micro Buses, Camper Buses, Things, you name it, I think he even has one of those VW pickups now. He restores them and shows them at the VW shows.
I happen to have a cool photo - below is the VW my parents bought when I was born - it has traveled several times cross-country, endured countless frigid Minnesota winters and road salt, my mom drove it with all us kids in it for many, many years. I'm not sure if the odometer even kept working but my brother fished it out of my parents' garage a few years back and restored it and they used it on their wedding day as their getaway car and it now spends its winters in the safety of his garage.
That's one loved car. Not too shabby for being 42 years old, eh? (I meant the car)... :)