About two weeks ago, I decided to make one of our friends a quilt for his 40th birthday....you know, how when your 'to-do' list is so huge you decide to add something else to it because that seems easier than just getting on and doing some of the tasks on the list.
Sometimes you just know that a quilt will be the perfect gift, and when a guy spends time looking at and petting your quilts every time he visits, you know that a quilt will be very well-received! I knew that I didn't want to go down the typical man quilt path...think brown, greys and plaids, but I was also realistic about my time frame so couldn't make something too complex. Living in Australia also means that fabric deliveries from my favourite online stores take more time than I had, and I can proudly say that every single piece of fabric in this quilt came from my stash!
As most of my husband's friends are, Mig is a huge soccer fan (ok....so the goal in the photo above isn't a soccer goal...I didn't know this until I showed hubby the photos!). I decided that a lap quilt designed around his favourite team's logo was the way to go. I decided that it would have a huge 'Cruz Azul' logo appliqued in the middle and 8 stars around the outside, based on the 8 stars in the logo. Nevermind that I really don't know a lot about applique! Armed with a printout of the logo, some blue, white and red fabric and my sewing machine, I headed to Quilt Group....and thank goodness I did. As usual, the ladies were super helpful, each giving me a piece of advice on what to do and how to do it. I don't know what the logo would have looked like without them!
I ended up drawing the logo on some sort of Visoflex (thanks Diane!), ironed it on to the fabric, and then cut out all of the pieces (including those tiny stars and the Mexico letters). I then appliqued it onto the quilt block using a tiny zigzag stitch on my Bernina 440. I didn't know what to do with the 1" high letters 'Deportivo Cruz Azul' and knew that I couldn't keep my sanity if I had decided to also applique those on, so in the end I used the same zigzag stitch but just played around with the settings until I got the perfect stitch size.
Pieced and Quilted: by me! on my Bernina 440Qe
Size: approximately 58″ square (from memory!)
Fabric: Kona solids and prints completely from stash!
Wadding and Backing: 100% Australian wool vintage blanket
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