What inspires you to make a quilt? A patchwork design you want to try? A seasonal motif? The need for a gift or decor item? Fabric? (Fabric designers and manufacturers are counting on the latter!)
Fabric was definitely the inspiration for the “Earth Movers” baby quilt. I acquired the central fat quarter in a pack labeled “Gray.” Gray? Well, I guess the roads are gray, but not much else reads gray in that fat quarter! I considered fussy cutting the trucks and signs to include in an “I Spy” quilt, but the vehicles are larger than my other “I Spy” patches. What to do with this “gray” fat quarter? Then, when I received a trucks and diggers with light green background in a fat quarter drawing last month at my guild, I was inspired to combine the two fabrics in a baby quilt.
After squaring up the central fat quarter, I added a gray “roadway” border and a border of red print. Alternating a light blue print with the squares and rectangles of the truck print stretched my fat quarter into an interesting border. And binding with the red print finished the quilt nicely.
I met my personal challenge of using every bit of the two “Earth Movers” fat quarters in making this fun baby boy quilt. I think I might try this design idea again with a large floral print or Disney princess print for a little girl!
By the way, “Earth Movers” was one of the 12 projects Trinity and I finished on her recent visit. Several of you guessed 12, but Karen P. was the first to respond with that number. Karen, would you like a couple of fat quarters of batik fabrics or a couple of fat quarters of Tula Pink fabric?