Sunday, August 4, 2013


My daughter-in-law is expecting very soon, as in August 23rd she's scheduled for a C-section.  Last week she posted on Facebook "Operation get baby room ready is a go! Moving things out, drew is putting together crib and dresser, fixing nail holes, and shampooing baby's carpet and living room... Painting later this week. Only have one month at the most left!"  Now that got my attention because guess what, this Nana didn't have the baby quilt even started.  YIKES!  

I promptly got the fabric out and proceeded with my design.  She had told me they were doing the room in "Allis Chalmer" tractors and using the original logo and those colors.  I remembered buying a piece of blue and orange plaid years (and I do mean years) ago.  I wondered if it would match or work.  I have no idea what I thought I would make out of it but I do have 9 yards!  Surely I can figure something out to do with it now. 

And then she sent me this picture and said she would like something similar to this.

Houston, we have lift off.... It's gonna work!  Well, I'm going to make it work.  My first attempt was this.  I knew something wasn't just quite right.  I had to sleep on it and the following day it hit me.  It wasn't "on point". 
Well, it's on point, but the wrong thing is on point.  Darn, and I have already appliqued everything down too.  That won't work, so it's back to the cutting table for me.  This is attempt #2:
Oh, this is so much better!  But it's only 34"x34".  Not really big enough yet.  Plus it's square.  And you know how I feel about square quilts.  Are the beds square?   No, I think not!  So why would you make a square quilt?  Well, once again.... I don't. So I added this and finished with a border and this is Operation got the baby quilt done for my little Emmett.  (Well almost, it still has to be quilted and bound.)
I have also made a simple little valance for the window treatment too.  Wonder what else I can make to use up some more of that yardage. 
I made this not so little tractor and was hoping to use it in the quilt too, but decided it took away from the center logo.  The tractor also turned out to be quite a bit larger than I expected.  Yes, I knew the finished block size but thought after I had it made, I could figure out a way to make it work.  Guess it's going to call for another quilt for him.  Isn't it adorable though? I got it from this blog.  She must be writing this just for me.  Her timing with the barns and this tractor are perfect.  I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve, or should say in her bonnet?   


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