Friday, September 24, 2010

The Un-"Raider's" Quilt

OK, so I couldn't wait to show this. Been working on it for a couple of weeks. Have to tell the story first: The first quilt I made (one a blue ribbon btw ;) ) was a log cabin quilt that I made for my mom. She has it in her room in her cabin in Utah. Well, with the economy being what it is, my parents have had to go back to work {more than} full time in Vegas. So they have been spending pretty much all their time there in a pretty much empty house. I used to share the house with them before I moved, since at that time they were only there for about a week out of the month, they had a room and a bathroom and the rest of the house was full of my stuff-hence the reason the house is now pretty much empty. Anyway, I was talking to my dad a few months back and asked if mom had her quilt in Vegas or if it was still in Utah, he said she didn't want to carry it back and forth so it was in Utah.

I said:
'do you think she would want one for the house in Vegas?'
'I'm sure she would'.
'What color you think would be good?'
' and silver'
I just laughed and said 'oh yeah Mom would LOVE that!'

Lemme 'splain...My dad is a die hard Oakland Raiders fan. Like VIOLENT Raiders fan. So I was like :slap forehead: I have never made a quilt for my dad! Duh!

So, I was thinking of finding some licenced fabric and doing the whole couch throw thing. But then I found this great pattern. I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a wall hanging or a bed quilt. But I knew I wanted this pattern so to make a bed quilt I would have to make it like four times and put it together. So I decided to get his input (slyly of course)
'Do you think mom would rather have another bed quilt or one that goes on the wall?'
'The wall doesn't get cold'
(I should have known that I would have gotten a smart alec answer). So after a long deliberation, and by that I mean I made the man decide.

I went off to my favorite LQS and went on a mission for fabric, first, I found this AMAZING border fabric:

Then it was a mission for the other colors:

The borders gave me some trouble. Apparently when I printed the pattern, it wasn't quite to scale with the design, so the borders were too big to fit the corners. Had to do some creative tailoring, but I guess it came out in the end. With those, this is what I came up with:

I am hoping VERY MUCH to be making a trip home this winter so I plan to give it to him then. :D


The walhanging is quilted, and ready to go:


Elizabeth said...

Angie, that is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love, love, love the colors. You ought to have this entered in a quilt show as well. It is really amazing!

xo -El

Cindy said...

YES! You must borrow it back for a quilt show...I don't think there are any before January when you're going out there! I adore the borders...and I HAVE to get that pattern!!! This is a great piece....can it be made larger, do you think? If not, it's a great lap quilt for TV time.

ytzgirl said...

I actually laughed out loud at your conversation with your dad. :D It's an amazing looking quilt and he's going to LOVE it!