Monday, February 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday: John Deere Green

I have a darling little 2-year-old grandson who loves tractors, especially green tractors. In fact, to him the color green is synonymous with tractors, and if you ask him what color this is...


... he'll tell you, "tractor." (Don't worry, we're working on that. lol)

So, even though I really didn't need another project to do, when I saw this adorable John Deere panel at work the other day, I had to buy it for Aaron.


And when I saw the equally adorable coordinating print, of course I had to have that for the back.


Unfortunately, such an impulse purchase often comes without much thought, and I failed to notice that the direction of the print required extra fabric to lay the right way on the quilt back. So today I was considering buying a larger piece, when my awesome mother-in-law took one look at it and suggested I just add a border to my backing. (Duh... why didn't I think of that??) After she left, I immediately went to my sewing room to look for fabric, whipped up some borders, layered, pinned and started on the quilting.


Best news of the day, I think I've solved a problem I've been having with the sewing machine I use for quilting. A new needle and a little oil on the joints of my walking foot, and it is quilting like a dream again. No puckering, and no broken threads! Wish I'd figured that out last month, when I was struggling with my UFO challenge quilt, but I was just too busy to take the time to do it. Live and learn!

Now I can hardly wait to finish this and give it to Aaron. :o)

That's what was on my "design wall" (AKA, the kitchen floor) today. Stop by Judy's Patchwork Times to see more design wall projects!

10 comments:

Debbie said...

A very sweet quilt. You did a lot of problem solving...fixed the back and got your machine humming. Oil is a wonderful aid. Good Job!

Mary said...

Cute Quilt!

Vicki said...

Very cute and will be loved! I learn something new on my machines daily!!!

Marti said...

What a great quilt for a little boy! I like the borders on the back; it makes it reversible too. I never knew I could oil my walking foot; I'll have to check that out.

I don't think I could work at a fabric store and have any money left on payday. You must have a lot of will power.

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog too. :)

Kari Nitzel said...

What a cute quilt, Aaron will definately love it! He sounds a lot like my nephew Joshua; he immediately makes his fathers 'driving stance' when he climbs on a toy tractor.

Thanks for your comment on my blog - I Love Them! ;)

Maya said...

That is such a darling quilt!
My 3 yr old son is car/truck/anything-on-wheels crazy. We went browsing in my LQS and he picked out a car fabric and had to have some for his own 'car quilt'. He proceeded to make a sewing machine out of Lego blocks to sew it! :)

Gari said...

I have a 42 year old son who would love that quilt. Maybe I should go look for that panel, too.

Connie said...

What a cute quilt! Isn't it funny when someone else notices something and you can't believe you didn't think of it.

Donna said...

The backing is the cutest John Deere fabric I've ever seen. Great job!

LuAnn said...

What a cute quilt. I've seen other John Deere fabrics with the green and yellow but not that one. My in-laws are farmers, and everything is John Deere green there, too. Your grandson will be thrilled with the quilt.