The tractor crib quilt is finished! I've met my One Monthly Goal of completing this quilt and it isn't even the middle of November.
The baby wasn't due until December 8, but he came early! And yes, it was a boy so he is getting the tractor quilt.
The quilting was completed with my home sewing machine. A clam shell stencil was used for the sky. The tractor body is quilted with diamonds and a Baptiste fan stencil was used for marking the seat.
The straight line quilting in the tires isn't quite accurate but it got the job done. I wasn't sure how to quilt the soil and mud. I decided to use wide spaced echo stitching.
For the border I came up with a simple design.
The pattern doesn't have a border, but I thought it needed one, it ended too abruptly. Since this is an Autumn baby, the leaf fabric was appropriate. The flange was added to the binding for extra zing! The brown stripped binding was pulled from my mom's stash, fabric from the baby's great-grandmother needed to be in the quilt too.
I added the JD 4240 myself; that was not included in the pattern. We have a John Deere 42/40 so I wanted to replicate that in the quilt.
The backing fabric was purchased years ago on the markdown shelf at a local quilt store. I took all that was left on the bolt. I knew someday I wanted to make a tractor quilt and this fabric would be a perfect backing fabric.
The pattern is available from Counted Quilts. The directions were well written. The flimsy was pieced in one day and I did do other things that day besides sew. I will definitely make this pattern again.
What project is next? I want to make a bag for my DIL (the baby's mom) and the Jane Stickle Retreat is coming up next week. I need to get prepping.
Linking to - Love laugh Quilt, Em's Scrapbag, Quilt Story, Sew Fresh Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Finished or Not Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Free Motion Mavericks, Show Off Saturday, One Monthly Goal