Monthly Archives: June 2010

Best Airplanes You Can Buy for $18

After about 10 years of owning this fabric, I finally turned it into a quilt. I originally bought it to make something for Brief out of it, but apparently if you wait long enough, you can just make other people and transfer your affection to them! Ha ha, just kidding. Sort of.

Boxer's Airplane Quilt

Apparently Flickr is on its period or something, and refuses to show this right side up. And now that I see this in picture form, it’s screaming “RED RED RED OMG too much red on that diagonal!” Which just go to show you should always take a picture of your squares laid out before you piece them together to avoid things red diagonal-ness as this.

However, since it’s done, I figure 1) it’s done and oh well, 2) he’s six and won’t care and 3) AIRPLANES AIRPLANES AIRPLANES

Boxer's Airplane Quilt - Close-up

Tiny little airplanes that fly upside down and goofy made up travel stickers. Potentially politically incorrect ones that say “Indiana Airways” and have a profile of an Indian!

And since I’ve had this fabric for soooo darn long, I’ve amassed enough coordinating ones to make this entirely from my stash, thereby sticking to my craft diet.

Boxer's Airplane Quilt - back

The back is made up pillow panels that coordinate with the prints on the front, which piece together nicely into a big ol’ backing. I still have something like 6 or 8 pillow panels left, too, so I’ll probably make a baby quilt or lap quilt or something- I bought this lot off of eBay 10 years ago, so you know someone else had insane designs to wallpaper their house with this airplane fabric or something. As I recall it was a very competitive bidding process at the time, but the other person bailed out at $18. Eighteen dollars for what turned out to be 8 yards of fabric. Insane.

Boxer is pleased with it, but just informed me that he likes trains better than airplanes right now. Well, kid, unless you’ve got another $18 and an eBay bidder ID, you are shucks out of luck.

What I Did Before My Summer Vacation

So! Yes. I’ve been gone, and then back. Mostly here, but also somewhere else.  Regardless, here’s part of what kept me busy before the end of the school year (aside from last-minute parties, goody bags, packing for the beach, etc.):

Handprint Quilt

I made this quilt for the director of my kids’ daycare in honor of her retirement. The handprints are from the kids in Bloomer’s class, done with watered-down craft paint on plain muslin. I machine pieced it with scraps from my stash. The blue sashing and red outer border were 2 of 4 exceptions to my fabric diet this year - all the other fabrics were from my stash.

I embroidered each child’s name on the square, hand quilted in an echo pattern around each hand print and then machine quilted the rest.

Close-up Handprint - 2

You can see some additional pictures on my Flickr stream.