When I last left you with Emmett’s and Eli’s baby quilts, I was about here…
I was missing blocks. Oh, I hate when that happens.
I wrote that blog post on Sunday and Monday I decided I just wanted these finished. I was done hunting for the pinwheel rows I was sure I had sewn together. I’d just quickly make more blocks.
I was off from childcare due to my Covid exposure. This was the perfect time to get these DONE.
On a side note, I love when parents don’t find out if they are having a boy or girl…BUT, I hate that when it comes to making the baby quilts!! I don’t what to make until they are born. So the quilts don’t get done timely and I feel like the baby quilt is hanging over my head…ugh. Oh well. I was going to tackle these now.
I had to stitch the steering wheel. Just some simple outline stitches. I had fretted about his but it was easy.
I put Eli’s quilt on first and in no time I had it done.
I went to load Emmett’s and ended up with trouble. The motor that advances the quilt would not work. Darn. I am terrible about anything mechanical. TERRIBLE. But, I thought I would give it a look.
See that black spot in the middle? It said fuse on it. Hmm. Okay. I can do that. I got the fuse out and figured it had blown.
I went to town. I got fuses. I wasn’t real confident that I had the right one though as the guy that was helping me was a little “iffy”.
I went home and replaced it. Darn. I won’t work. UGH. I called Buck on video chat. We couldn’t figure it out. I called Craig. He came over and looked it over. Hmm. That’s when I remembered that this had happened when I had the machine at the farm. I thought back then they might have sent me more than one fuse.
I started digging. I finally found it. I did have another fuse. We popped that one in and the machine worked.
AH…so thankful it was something little. I am going to order more fuses though as I can’t use the machine if I can’t advance the quilt.
So, now it was time for Emmett’s quilt….
Once the fuse problem was fixed, I had the quilt done in a short time.
It was 7pm by now but I really, really, really wanted these finished so…I stayed in the quilting room and bound the quilts.
Here they are all finished!! Eli’s in on the left in blue. Emmett’s in on the right in green.
Notice anything about them? I do now, but it’s too late. Remember those missing rows? I accidentally put on of them on the bottom of Eli’s quilt. His quilt is one longer. I didn’t realize it until I came downstairs on Tuesday and read the blog post comments. Several of you wrote to let me know.
It’s all good. Emmett’s is the size that I intended it to be. Eli’s is bigger.
The pattern is a modification of this…
The original is much bigger.
The pattern is in Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book.
Find it HERE on Amazon.
I am pleased with how they turned out.
I made them from upcycled mens 100% cotton shirts. I think the plaids and strips look great with the tractors. Eli and Emmett’s dad is a farmer.
I put their names on the back.
The pattern for that came from Lori Holt’s book Spelling Bee. Find it HERE.
The letters are super simple to make. They have very few pieces and are totally doable.
I had an XL men’s shirt in green the backing was enough to make the tractor and the binding. I used another XL back for the background.
I think it turned out great.
I love the stripe for the binding.
For Eli’s I didn’t have big backing pieces so I ended up using several different pieces.
Don’t mind the droplets on the tractor. The grass had a little dew on it when I took the pictures.
I machine stitched the smoke from the smoke stack and embroidered the steering wheel.
This one got a blue strip fro the binding.
I used my hook and feather for the quilting.
I did a video for that…
One more look before they are gifted away!!
I’m pleased with them and hope Kelli and the boys will be too. If I ever make one again I will add the extra row as Eli’s has. I think the proportion looks a little better. I guess it all matters if a person likes rectangle or more square quilts.
I have had these Lori Holt books for years. Have you noticed I’ve been on roll with them? I’m so glad to finally be using them all!!
P.S. You can read about mine and Kalissa’s epic photo shoot fail HERE.