Thursday, November 10, 2016

November Goal Finished!

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 StorySew Fresh QuiltsMy Quilt InfatuationFinished or Not FridayCrazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Free Motion Mavericks, Show Off Saturday, One Monthly Goal 

24 comments:

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Love your quilt! All the different quilt stitches are perfect. That backing fabric is so cute, but my favourite part is the name on the tractor! Love!

Pam said...

I love your tractor quilt. What is it about tractors? When we had our farm, we had an old ford 9-n.

Karen said...

Cute as can be. A delightful and different crib quilt.

Chris of UK City Crafter said...

What a great baby boy quilt, love everything about it!

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Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Great baby quilt and you I really like the quilting on it.

Gretchen Weaver said...

A tractor quilt isn't for everyone, but when you are a grandchild of farmers, it just has to be. Hopefully his older brothers won't be too jealous.

travelinsewl said...

So happy. What a lucky little boy!

Jenny said...

It looks wonderful - you have done a great job.

Paula Louceiro said...

So sweet. The quilting is gorgeous.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Baby will love this quilt. Hope Mom and son are well. Have a great week at the retreat!

Mary Marcotte said...

Loving this quilt. Enjoy your retreat!

Linda Wulf Koenig said...

I have a nephew who would have LOVED this quilt when he was little, but I wasn't quilting yet! Big John Deere tractor lover. Great job, super cute!!

Bonnie said...

What a cute quilt. The quilting looks great.

claudia said...

I just did a John Deere pillow case for one of my nephews. When I showed it to my room mate, I thought he was going to steal it. (I guess I need to make another John Deere pillow case for someone for Christmas!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Oh, this turned out so cute. My dad would say, "and it's the right color of tractor!" I'll have to check for the pattern. Your quilting was very well thought out and really adds to the quilt.

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Just adorable! I made my two boys fleece John Deere coats when they were 2 and 4, and I still have them, 17 years later! Thanks for linking up to Finished or Not Friday!

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

One lucky little baby boy. Beautiful job!

Muv said...

Hello Gretchen,

What a super sweet quilt, and great backing fabric!

Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

Love, Muv

Kate said...

So very, very cute! Perfect for a little boy. Congrats on finishing your November goal.

Patty said...

What a cute quilt! Congrats on your finish and thanks for linking up with One Monthly Goal Finish Party!

Val's Creative Life said...

I agree with everyone else....a great finish!

Karen's Korner said...

A cute quilt that will be treasured for many years to come.

Sandra :) said...

Awwwwwwwwww that's so cute - the backing fabric is adorable - it made the perfect theme for a wonderful quilt! The JD4240 and use of some of great-grandma's fabric takes the whole project over the top for sweet :)

Moneik said...

It's a super cute quilt. I just made an CASE quilt for my nephew for his birthday. When you're raised on a farm, the tractor becomes so important.