This is the Construction Machines quilt that I made for my great grandson Heath for his 3rd birthday.
My daughter-in-law, Stacy, gave me a panel of construction vehicles. I already had another Construction vehicles panel that I was planning to making for one of my great grandsons, and she thought I might like to make 2 quilts while I was on the go. At the time I didn’t realise she had actually given me two panels. When I got it home and had a look at it, I thought it was an odd panel as it was too wide and too short and it was from that point of view that I made the quilt.
This ‘Construction’ panel was designed by Nancy J. Smith and Lynda S.Milligan for Alvin Inc.
After laying out the panel, Paula and I had a round table talk about what to do and we decided that there was only one thing for it and that was to separate the pictures into individual blocks.
- So I cut around each of the vehicle blocks, leaving a ¼” seam where possible, so that there was a bit of a buffer around each picture.
- Then I lay the blocks out and moved them around until I was happy with the layout.
Before going any further I had to decide on how big I wanted the centre piece and the overall quilt to be. I decided to make the centre 45½” wide and 63″ long. This meant building up the centre blocks to these measurements.
- As the blocks were different sizes I had to add sashing to the smaller blocks to make them the same size as the largest block in each row.
- Once each of the blocks had their sashing added it was time to add some fillers to make the rows 45½” wide.
- This was done by adding some contrasting stripes, some checkerboard panels and some horizontal stripes. The horizontal stripes are only ½” wide so they were fiddly to make. If I made another one like this I would try and find some striped material to cut on the diagonal to get the same effect.
- Once all the rows were the same height and width, I sewed them together with light blue 2″ sashing between them.
- Close-up of the joining pieces and the sashing.
- Now that the centrepiece was sewn, it was still short so I built up the ends with black and yellow checkerboards to bring it up to 63″.
- Then it was just a matter of adding the borders. I went with a 1″ black border to frame the centre panel, then added a 3″ yellow border and finally a 4½” blue border.
- I ended up not having enough of the dark blue for the backing and so decided to make it multicoloured to use up the material I had on hand.
- The quilt was professionally quilted by Chris, the longarm quilter from Sew ‘n Sew Sisters. She quilted the quilt with construction trucks which absolutely suits the theme of the quilt.
- Here you can see the detail on the back of quilt.
- I then bound the quilt in yellow to finish it off.
I have to say I am very pleased with the result.