Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Spring 2010

It’s time for another Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and I really wanted to join in this time, so welcome to anyone arriving from there! The quilt I’m sharing is called Cars and Ponies (I’m good with imaginative names like that!) and I made it at the end of last year.

One of my oldest friends asked me to make this for her soon-to-arrive niece or nephew. It was so, so, so exciting to be asked to make something for someone else – all my previous quilts were gifts to family and family have to be nice about home-made gifts don’t they! But making a quilt for someone else to give as a present – eek! Did I mention I was excited?! Oh and really, really worried about messing it up!

My friend decided on the cars and ponies theme because her sister and her husband are mad about cars and ponies (they have a couple of Shetland ponies) so male or female, the baby was going to have a lot to do with both! As we were on a very tight budget we ended up using a FQ with horseshoes on it by Michael Miller, with the other fabric coming from Ikea.

The cars fabric was lovely to work with, but the other Ikea fabric was kinda coarse. I definitely learnt a lesson in fabric quality with this quilt!

I quilted it by machining a straight line down each of the strips bordering the car squares. I changed the colour depending on the main colour in the fabric which meant a lot of stopping and starting and huge numbers of ends to sew in. But I like how it emphasises the block pattern on the back of the quilt (it’s not really clear in the picture below, but hey, it gives me a reason to post a pic of the back!).

And after all the worrying, my friend and her sister loved how it turned out, which was an awesome feeling!

Then a month or two ago, I had an email from my blogging friend Nancy who was wondering where the cars fabric came from. She doesn’t have an Ikea near her, so we did a fabric swap and she made her own cars quilt (pic down the bottom). She chose a more liberated style and I love how we’ve made similar but different quilts from the same fabric!

So that’s my quilt! Thanks for stopping by and a huge thanks to Amy for all her organisation for the festival!


35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    May 21, 2010 @ 07:46:35

    Very cute – lovely fabrics!


  2. Nana
    May 21, 2010 @ 11:01:46

    As you know that is my very favorite quilt you have made. I have had so many compliments on my “copy”. When I sent it the older brother confiscated it and has been sleeping with it!


  3. sunt
    May 21, 2010 @ 12:14:17

    Fabby! I love the clear colors and how you stitched it so the fabrics look woven around the car block. The cars fabric is very cute!


  4. Anne
    May 21, 2010 @ 13:29:51

    Very cute and love the fabrics!


  5. elle
    May 21, 2010 @ 16:41:18

    I remember this. It is a great quilt.


  6. Michelle
    May 21, 2010 @ 17:51:51

    Adorable! I can see why your friend was so pleased.


  7. Carol Hansen
    May 21, 2010 @ 19:09:10

    Fabulous kiddie quilt. I bet it will be loved into oblivion πŸ™‚


  8. Jocelyn
    May 21, 2010 @ 20:00:53

    Very cute and fun quilt.


  9. Katie B
    May 21, 2010 @ 20:14:39

    Oh, that’s too cute. What little kid wouldn’t love that?


  10. kwiltmakr
    May 21, 2010 @ 23:14:12

    As I look at the back of the quilt, the quilting makes it look like the cars are zooming along. Very cute!


  11. AJ
    May 21, 2010 @ 23:40:26



  12. Victoria
    May 22, 2010 @ 01:30:21

    great fabrics!!


  13. Allie
    May 22, 2010 @ 03:45:09

    This is darling – love the story!


  14. karen
    May 22, 2010 @ 11:52:37

    It can be stressful making quilts as gifts. I once was making a baby quilt for a work colleague. i had already picked the fabrics and had strted sewing whenI heard her talking about the baby’s room etc. It was so co-ordinated that I was scared that my gift would not fit in with the whole ‘matchiness’ of everything. It turned out she loved it because it was one of the few hand made gifts she received. Phew! A lot of nervous enery was expended. I understand how felt. I love the car fabric. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Leslie
    May 22, 2010 @ 17:07:55

    what a great way to incorporate the things they really loved. it is so bright and fun


  16. Kim
    May 22, 2010 @ 21:04:20

    That’s the cutest car fabric! Thanks for sharing.


  17. Molly
    May 23, 2010 @ 02:31:23

    What a thoughtful and wonderful gift! My boys each received hand made quilts from my Mom and they still have them (25, 23 and 20)!!


  18. Kim
    May 23, 2010 @ 03:32:56

    The quilt is so cute!


  19. barb
    May 23, 2010 @ 17:27:16

    very cute and fun I’m sure he/she will love it


  20. Erin
    May 23, 2010 @ 22:12:02

    Such a cute quilt! Nice job, and I HEART those little cars πŸ™‚


  21. Kelli
    May 23, 2010 @ 23:05:18

    So cute! It can be hard to make quilts for boys sometimes but I think you hit the nail on the head with this one!!!


  22. Diane
    May 24, 2010 @ 02:57:11

    adorable that is a great quilt!!


  23. Amy - parkcitygirl
    May 24, 2010 @ 03:39:59

    What a fun quilt! I love those cars too πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!


  24. Janet
    May 24, 2010 @ 19:02:23

    Very cute! I made a car quilt for my son when he was little, he would have liked yours too!:)


  25. aunt spicy
    May 25, 2010 @ 00:49:53

    so fun and what a great quilt! reminds me I need to pull out my ikea fabric!


  26. Penny G
    May 25, 2010 @ 01:16:50

    Gotta love the cars. The borders for the blocks are great tpp!


  27. SewCalGal
    May 25, 2010 @ 19:30:49

    Sweet cute. Cheerful fabrics & design. You did a great job!



  28. Randi
    May 26, 2010 @ 02:01:27

    Very cute & fun!


  29. Tammy
    May 26, 2010 @ 16:45:37

    Such sweet fabric for a little one! I also love the fabric in your header….anything with flowers and fabric makes me smile πŸ™‚

    Tammy ~@~
    Garden Glimpses


  30. Angie
    May 28, 2010 @ 02:46:11

    Cute Fabric — I am going to have to check out my Ikea for fabric. Such a fun quilt – thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


  31. Kristen
    May 29, 2010 @ 20:16:42

    So nice of you to share that great fabric. Yours and hers both came out fantastic, but different!


  32. Sandra Starley
    May 31, 2010 @ 03:54:28

    what a great kids quilt for boy or girl as they all love cars. Very bright and cheery.
    Come see my antique quilt entries


  33. suchele
    May 31, 2010 @ 22:21:14

    Love, love, love those little cars!


  34. sewpam63
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 17:02:25

    How sweet! Lovely little quilt. Great Ikea fabric too. : ) Thanks for sharing!


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