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Saturday, February 21, 2009

All Aboard!

While watching the Super Bowl last month with my family, I finished binding a quilt. My little nephew, Logan, asked me if that was his blanket I was finishing. I said "no", and then he asked, "Where's my blanket?". So I told him that I could make him a blanket and asked him if he wanted trains or bugs on his blanket. He immediately said trains. So, for his 3rd birthday last Sunday, I made him this train quilt. All of the trains are appliqued, with rick rack for the train tracks and smoke, and buttons for the wheels. I used a pattern called "Precious Cargo" from a Fons & Porter Baby Quilts 2008 magazine that I bought a few months ago. The pattern called for 54 appliqued wheels - I chose to do buttons instead to save time and add a little dimension to the quilt. I even added some fun appliques that I purchased to put in the trains - balls, puppies, and a frog. I also spelled out his name in appliqued letters and added a couple # 3's since he turned three. (Thanks to my dad for holding up the quilt so I could take a picture of it!) I did all of the piecing, applique, backing, binding, and even the quilting by myself. Usually, I send my quilts to the quilter, but I've been wanting to quilt them myself. So, I rented time on my friend Kristin's long-arm machine. It was so fun! Even though it may not have turned out exactly perfect, I'm proud of the fact that I am the only person that worked on this quilt...I did everything myself...and I think it turned out pretty cute! =)
Happy Birthday Logan, with lots of love from your Aunt Anna!!! =)

17 comments:

Tina said...

Adorable! What a cute quilt you made!

Carla said...

My gosh!! How cute is that? It's wonderful!

sewtakeahike said...

How sweet of you Anna! It turned out so cute! So that's all I gotta do huh? Ask if it's for me?

spideybrian said...

AWESOME!!! I love it!! I'll have to seek you out next time I need help making a quilt.

7packofbearss said...

I think that is one of the cutest quilts I have ever seen. I had no idea you could quilt trains.

Scott and Megan said...

you are such the great aunt!!! Love it! You looked so beautiful yesterday in that red shirt! hot mama!! xo

Kristin Barrus said...

Ah, I love it. It must not be hard to be Logan's favorite Aunt!

Dawn said...

It is sooo cute!! I'm sure Logan loved it!!

ElizabethandJeff said...

What a cute quilt! I love it!

Jantine said...

Your nephew is lucky with such an auntie! It is a lovely quilt and suits a 3 year old. I really like the idea of buttons and ricrac!

Sherri said...

What a great quilt...I'm so impressed that you did the machine quilting yourself as well!

JoAnn Scott said...

Absolutely darling!!

Love your blog and all your fun quilts.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Anna! It's adorable!!!

Christina said...

Anna you are so talented in addition to being smart and beautiful!

Micah and Kristine said...

Wow, the quilt turned out really cute!!

Linda said...

OhMyFreakishWord that is beautiful! Love the variety of happy fabrics!
Happy Birthday Logan!
Linda

Kimberly Wright said...

Ok so adorable!! Man you really are talented. Can't we be neighbors again so that your amazing'ness rubs off on me??