which came first? Robot cake or quilt?

2 Feb

remember this guy?

ian’s 5th birthday party.  robot theme.  well, carin made a quilt for him.

the pattern initially was a buggy barn design, i think called…something canoes….happy canoes?  snappy canoes?  memory fails.  anyhoo, in my effort to help, we started cutting out the cats.  that’s right.  the WRONG pattern.  sigh.  thank goodness i always advise buying LOTS of fabric.  so, 12 fat quarters later, we start again with the canoes.  you can’t really see the canoes because we didn’t use a contrasting fabric.  it simplified the pattern for us and we liked the effect of just the random greens.  she found a “robot” font and used that to put his name on the quilt.

remember the cute invite that carin made (if not, go back in my posts to november and you’ll find out all about it)?

uh huh.  serious cuteness factor.  and here she recreated the invitation onto the quilt:

i know right!  too stinkin’ cute to be. we did just about a 1/4 inch of fusible around the applique pieces and then machine stitched them down using a variety of widths in a satin stitch, sometimes with matching thread and sometimes with a contrasting ones.

and then carin designed a panto to quilt the quilt with.  perfect! after the initial quilting, she went back with a contrasting thread (orange) and did thread play on some of the gears randomly.

the panto created some wonderful texture on the quilt.  we used a poly batting to give the quilt a bit of loft.

love it.  ian is now counting the days until his 6th birthday!

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4 Responses to “which came first? Robot cake or quilt?”

  1. Cynthia February 2, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    What an amazingly cute quilt! Who knew that little boys could inspire such creativity for a quilt? Carin & Kay did! Love it!

  2. Tammie February 3, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    WAY TOO CUTE! You guys are SO creative!

  3. runandsewquilts February 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Most cute!

  4. myolivebranch February 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    thanks guys! you’re too kind. but i like it!

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