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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Groovin' again!

Yihah! I think I'm back in the groove again... It was a busy, long weekend but I still got a lot done on a bunch of smaller projects. What I was really happy to get moving on again was my fireman quilt since I decided it will be my large entry at the Wyoming County Fair in August. It's been quite a while since I worked on this quilt and I have some new readers so let me recap...



I purchased a yard of half-dressed (or half-nekked!) fireman fabric at a quilt show last fall and decided I would surround it with arrowhead blocks in red, white cream and blue to coordinate with the firemen. I then decided the 4 corner blocks should be in yellow since my department (Castile Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department) has yellow trucks and bunker gear. Did you know yellow trucks are more visible than red trucks? I swear - they've done studies on it...


I had the top and bottom sections sewn onto the panel and had layed out a side section when I realized there was absolutley no contrast and the half-nekked men faded into the arrowhead blocks. I frogged out all my seams and then cut some 1.5" black strips to surround the firemen with. I then set everything aside until I could "find time" to trim the center so it would all still fit right. Oh please...I was just worried I would cut too much off and then it wouldn't fit at all. I'm proud to say that I trimmed it just fine and now have the top, bottom and one side section sewn back on. I have to make a few more arrowhead blocks but hope to have the top completed before the weekend is over.

Hmm...wonder what she spied out the front window instead of posing.
Anyway...I think the black sets it off nicely
I have a RWB stripe to make the binding but I still have to locate something for the back. I don't think I want to cobble anything from my stash since it's for the fair so I'll have to hit some sales. I also better get another can of spray baste...

3 comments:

Denise :) said...

ALL the fire fighters I know look like that, too. LOL! Cute and fun quilt! :)

Moneik said...

Such a fun quilt! I love that fabric. I have a pair of PJ pants made out of it and another capri pair made out of the black background ones. Alexander Henry naked men fabrics are some of my favorites. I just used my panel of cowboys and bordered it and put minkee on the back and quilted it. The quilting turned out great and it will be warm and cozy this winter.

lillianscupboard said...

I really like the quilt and think that the arrowhead blocks are perfect with the fireman blocks.