Saturday, February 6, 2016

Texas Traffic Jam Quilt

I have designed and published this Traffic Jam Pattern.  You can buy it here.  

I decided it needed to made up in another color way and I needed a "Modern" quilt to go in my Texas Beauties Trunk show.... so I made a Texas Traffic Jam Quilt.  

I had a panel with a Texas/western theme in my stash.  The blocks in the panel were the perfect size for the focus fabric blocks in the Traffic Jam pattern.  However, there were only 8 of them in the panel and there are 12 focus fabric squares in the pattern.  I had another fat quarter with Texas Flags on it so it became my other 4 blocks.

It goes together really fast.  Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 1 and 2 together

Column 1, 2 and 3 make a quilt center

Add borders and quilting

I quilted barbed wire across the quilt, trying to achieve a more "modern" quilting feel.  I failed miserably!   So I added some vertical straight lines, which helped but I still don't like it.  So I think I may go back and quilt more vertical straight lines in between what is already there.  We'll see.

William and I froze our tails trying to get a few decent photos of the quilt.  The weather app on my phone said it was 30 degrees but feels like 22 degrees.  We both were sure it was really suppose to say MINUS 30 degrees.  It was COLD outside and the wind was sharp!!!

 I have a Traffic Jam Sew-A-Long coming up later this month.  Be sure and get your pattern ahead of time and join us on February 29th for some great fun.  If you'd like to join a BOM using the traffic jam pattern but using some bright fun modern fabrics, be sure to check out Deanna and Kinship Quilters.  She has a terrific program as well as prices.  

I'm also linking up with Jan at Sew and Sow Farm on her Sew Simple Saturday.  Go check out her Sew Simple project and tutorial.  

Sew and Sow Farm



  1. That is a neat way of showcasing fabrics.

  2. Hi Doris! I LOVE that quilt. It is really cute and a great way to showcase novelty fabrics! I love your photography too. Great job and thank you for sharing. xo jan

  3. Doris! Great job!
    I wonder how bugs fabric would look in that picture I pattern?
    Will try it out! Thanks for the inspiration! I just happen to have your pattern here at so making up kits will be easy! Thanks again


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