Saturday, February 11, 2017

On a Roll

Yesterday I finished this little toddler quilt for Project Linus. It's made of bigger rectangles of transportation-themed fabrics with smaller orange bars in between. Most of the bus, truck, scooter, and car fabrics came from Sue and were from the same collection of fabrics. However, I guess the same blue, orange, brown and green palette was used over the years by several fabric companies, because I had quite a bit of stuff that matched in my stash. Serendipity!

I actually pieced this quilt back in the summer, and basted the quilt sandwich in the fall. It's been folded up on a shelf since then. In preparation for the inevitable layer of dust that will end up everywhere after the boat painting, I'm trying to get as many WIPs finished and mailed out before they get dirty. Anything I don't finish will end up in big plastic garbage bags for protection.


For the backing, I had a single piece of this fun print with bright numbers and letters on an orange background. 

I think Sue's fabrics must have been either an Australian or British line of fabric. This "classified ads" print uses some non-American terms like "tip truck" instead of "dump truck," and the place names are unfamiliar to me. Any guesses on the origin?

My absolute favorite fabric in the whole batch is this fleet of tiny, multi-colored dump trucks. Aren't they adorable!? I used them for the outer border. You can see the bright striped fabric I used for the binding in this photo, too.

For the quilting, I used a medium orange thread and did SITD around the bright blue inner border, straight lines in the outer border, and big stipple in the main section. My stipples/meanders tend to be quite small and time-consuming, so it was good practice to open up the design. It should also make the quilt more floppy and soft for a little one to cuddle. Big stipple actually goes fairly quickly, so I thought to myself, "Woo! I'm on a roll!" and then, "Hey, that's a good name for this quilt!" On a Roll is is, then.

It's a special part of the process to sew in one of the nice labels that Project Linus provides. On a Roll will be winging its way to my California chapter early next week.


  1. You did it again. A perfect little boy quilt made from such cute fabric. Always enjoy your detail post.

  2. Some little boy will be so happy looking at all the trucks!

  3. Those are darling prints and will make someone really happy.

  4. HA! On a Roll is Perfect! I love a good pun. Knowing how hard it is to find good boy fabrics, I think you hit the jackpot here.

  5. I love seeing the fabrics close up. This will be delightful for whoever gets it. Love the term "tip truck," too. So much more whimsical than "dump." You sure had the perfect backing and binding for such a fun quilt. I must remember what you said about opening up the meanders to make the quilt softer.

  6. Hi Louise! And yes I am still alive! I think I may actually start posting on my blog soon! The kids have really kept me busy going to all kinds of sporting events...both for my grandson and at Mississippi State. I have been sewing a bit and will take some photos when the sun finally shines again! I just double checked to see where I got all of the truck and car fabric and it turns out that they came from two Riley Blake collections...Peak Hour by Kellie Wulfsohn for Riley Blake Designs and On the Go again by Riley Blake! So you were really close when you named it On a Roll! Glad to see it used in such a creative way! I love all of your quilts!


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