Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Junior Birdman Quilt

Here is my Blogger's Quilt Festival entry!


There once was a little boy, who from birth it seemed, had one eye and ear to the sky-listening and watching for airplanes and other flying objects.  That little boy had a mother who wanted to make him the world's coolest airplane quilt.  She searched high and low for a pattern that she liked but couldn't find one so she made up her own (based on a picture of a quilt at the Tokyo Quilt show last year).  Then she pulled out all of her scrap boy fabric and went to work.  And work she did.  Three weeks later,  she had fashioned 63 eight and half inch blocks.  What fun she had creating this masterpiece for her little boy. After the top had been pieced, the quilt was sent off to a very kind and patient woman who hand quilted each of those blocks and the borders.
On July 12, 2012--that little boy received his very own 'Junior Birdsman' quilt for his 9th birthday. 
Isaac--my little Junior Birdsman-standing in front of a C-130 that he toured this past spring.
 
 Here are the details of the quilt:
Finished Block Size: 8.5 inches
Finished Quilt Size: 90"X 72"
Machine Pieced by Carin Vogelzang
Hand Quilted by Marguerite Petroelje
Best categories: Photography, Hand-Quilted, Scrap Quilt
 When I originally posted about this quilt last spring a kind and smart commenter said " I can't believe you cut all those pieces. I had a thought while looking it over. How about a paper piecing block? You could sell them to help raise $$ for Margaret's Hope Chest."
Now why didn't I think of that?  Paper piecing would have been so much easier. 
And so I made a paper pieced block template and if you are interested in one please e-mail me your mailing address and I will happily put one in the mail for you.  I ask in return that make a donation of $5.00 to Margaret's Hope Chest.   Details will come via an e-mail after you contact me.  Hope you have enjoyed my quilt and the others in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Thanks to Amy for organizing!










53 comments:

Milly said...

Gorgeous quilt. I love how scrappy it is. I love the photo at the end of your post with the plane taking off!

Amanda said...

I love this quilt! I can't believe you made 63 airplane blocks; the things we do for our children. :)
And as I hand quilter, I appreciate that it's hand quilted. It's beautiful.

fallingforpieces said...

So bright and cheerful! You have a lucky son. And your photography is so much fun!

Taya@TypeB said...

Amazing piecing! All that hard work paid off, it's a beauty and he looks like he will really enjoy it!

Erica said...

This is adorable!

canuckquilter said...

Oh my! This is the best plane quilt I have seen. It is wonderful! Love that last picture with the plane overhead :)

jill said...

I remember when you started this. So wonderful to see it all done. What an amazing quilt it is!!!! So glad you did a pattern. This is the coolest boy quilt I have ever seen.

Thanks, and I will be getting that pattern.

blessings, jill

Shannon said...

This is too cute! I love the block and I love all the different fabrics you used!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love this quilt!! It's bright and colourful and so wonderful!! That last photo has to be one of the best quilt photos ever!

CitricSugar said...

That is one lucky little boy! Great quilt!

And pretty darn cool photographs, too!

Mama Pea said...

Wow! It's awesome! Well done!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Beautiful...and great pics.

Carla said...

What a darling quilt and and impressive photography! i sing 'UP in the air Junior Bird'smen...' to my grand children when I push them on the swing!

Sunshine Girl said...

Great quilt - I love your photos with the planes in the background. Thanks for sharing.

pratima said...

It is very sweet and full of love! Beautiful colors!

MooseStash Quilting said...

What a cool quilt for a cool kid from a cool mom!!

Lorna said...

Wow! What an amazing quilt. And fly boy must be so happy to go to sleep each night under a quilt of planes :)

straythreads said...

great quilt and wonderful story
ann

LethargicLass said...

what a stunning quilt!

Emily said...

The plane blocks are amazing and I love the variety of fabrics you used.

Quilt+Bitch said...

Love this quilt. You have inspired me to make one like this for my God son!

Esther said...

What a fun, colorful and special quilt. I love how scrappy it is, yet it all works together so well and looks not scrappy. Your photos are beautiful too.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

The quilt is gorgeous!! You did an amazing job.

Jocelyn

Simply Sandy said...

Fantastic boy quilt! And it is amazing you had all those great boy fabrics. Love all the hand quilting!

Rene' said...

Very cool quilt! Love all the scrappy fabrics and your quilt photos are awesome!

Mina said...

Beautiful! Your pictures are stunning!

Christine @ sew bossi said...

great color combination, though many tones are used i find it very balanced. well done!

Heidi Grohs said...

I want the quilt AND the boy!

vexa said...

Great quilt and cool pics.

Michelle said...

Love this quilt!!! Your photos are absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

Cindy said...

Wow!! what an awesome quilt. I love the pattern and especially the fabrics. :)

sonia said...

Love the story, the quilt, the quilting and the pictures, of course!

CathyH said...

I love the photo with the plane flying overhead. And the airplane blocks are wonderful

Shay said...

That photo with the plane flying overhead is pure genius.

I adore this quilt and the story that goes with it. I bet this quilt is well loved and used for years and years to come.

Lyanna L. said...

what a fun quilt - love the airplanes! =)

Frances Leate said...

Great quilt and a lot of fun. Your photos are stunning. Take care.

diannajessie said...

A fabulous boy quilt and what a good idea about the paper piecing:)

Nana said...

Lovely quilt and sweet story! The photos are great,too.

Linda Beth said...

Love this! What a wonderful gift for your little guy! And I could spend hours admiring all of the different fabrics you used.

Victhor Viking said...

I love it!!! That is so awesome!!

LynCC said...

What an awesome, AWESOME picture with the plane flying over!!! I absolutely love this quilt. :)

Karen said...

This is a fantastic quilt and so perfect for your son. Love all your wonderful photos too.

sewfrench.com said...

Spectacular! Such a fun quilt, I love it.
If only I could master paper piecing... I'll keep this one in mind!

beecee said...

What a beautiful quilt and the photos are so amazing. You really know your subject. I wanted to vote but couldn't see where.

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Heather A said...

Amazing quilt and amazing photography, too! L - O - V - E ... LOVE IT!!

Eileen said...

Wonderful quilt and great story. Lucky little boy! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Robin said...

Lucky birdman, having a mama like you!!! It is so evident how much love went into this special quilt. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

The plane that the little boy is standing next to is not a C-130, its a C-5 Galaxy.

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