Thursday, July 4, 2019

A quilt for Dad

Mom and dad were on a cross the USA trip when they found this panel. 
My dad owned/owns New Holland tractors and it not that common to find them in prints or fabric because the red massys and green John Deere tend to be the ones people recognize. 

So dad asked if I could make him quilt, and how much fabric he would needs for a large lap quilt. 
I gave him some very general answers since we didnt know what the design would be. 

He did a great job picking out fabrics that matched!

Since they were on the road trip we were sending sketches back and forth. Dad drew those ones trying to make it easy for me with not knowing what i could and couldnt do. 

He ended up liking the stars and courthouse steps for blocks

I started it at retreat and finished it there. 
Everyone was praising dads colour choices. 

I surprised him by finding two more fabrics in that dame line as the panel and used it for the center of the courhouse steps and across the top and bottom of the panel.

he loved the stars!

I had sent it to get quilted and I had her do like a tractor tires. I had her make it go in two directions like a field. 

love this binding!

Then we waited. 
I gave mom a sneak peak but then deleted the photo. When the basement got water in it, this was the only quilt I brought upstairs to make sure nothing happened to it. (nothing was destroyed in my quilt room or other rooms in the basement) 

When we went to Canada I couldnt wait to give it to my dad!

standing on the chair... luckily he didnt fall. 

He walked around for a while like this

Then at night I saw him examining it. 

With all the kids at home over the Canada Day weekend, dad hid it in the office after showing it off first!


Unknown said...

My father sold Ford tractors (and Ferguson before that) so I've always been drawn to blue and red and gray tractors. I found a set of coffee cups that had Ford tractors and split them up to give to my brothers and sister.

I've got to get my sewing machine fixed so I can finish the quilts I have had on "hiatus" (at least 5 that I can think of) now that I have plenty of time to fill.

Debbie said...

Always fun to get into the sewing room

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