I am just eeking this in at the very last minute of Celebrate the Boy. I finished this quilt on December 19th - just in time for Christmas - but I'm just blogging about it now. It was my first Christmas gift to Henry. You recognize it, right? Yes, yes you do. It is HEAVILY inspired by Hillary over at Wee Wonderfuls. Listen. When I saw the racetrack quilt that she made for her son Oscar, I melted. Completely. And then I went and bought the Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns.
A few weeks later I was busily cutting and sewing blocks together and Henry's quilt started looked so (SO) much like Oscar's (maybe because of the combo of vintage and 30s repro fabrics?) that I emailed Hillary and confessed. I basically said, "Congrats on the book, I seriously LOVE your stuff, and pretty please don't be mad but it turns out I totally ripped off your racetrack quilt." She was incredibly gracious and said "every little boy deserves a racetrack quilt." I think she's right.
I used vintage scraps, a few japanese prints, and a number of 30s reproduction prints.
I backed it with a vintage cotton. Love strawberries. Love red, white and blue. Love this fabric.
I straight-line quilted it. The lines are a little more than 1/4 inch apart. I bound it with leftovers from the 30s repro fabrics I used in the quilt.
Right now it serves as a play mat on Henry's bedroom floor. We also got him some race cars and wooden racing turtles and I can't wait until he understands the "racetrack" part of this quilt! Right now he mostly hangs out on it and, every now and then, becomes focused on a bright patch of fabric with crazy intense concentration. Cutie pie.
This quilt was also a great learning experience. It was the first time I pieced curves and the first time I did any sort of embroidery. I love it! And I hope Henry loves it for years to come.