* original post found on my blog www.inmysewingroom.com*
When my sister and her family moved into their new home this summer she decorated my nephew Donovan's room with a "transportation” theme so I designed this quilt to go on his bed. After eight months, in December 2010, I completed what I dubbed the Dump Truck quilt (actually called Convoy, from a Buggy Barn pattern). It was originally to be a gift for my nephews 3rd birthday.... but since his birthday was in July that didn’t exactly happen! I pieced most of the blocks in the spring and in the fall I finished sewing the quilt top together.
In November I bought a new sewing machine for quilting and began the huge job of quilting a full sized quilt. I spent quite a bit of time searching on-line for the best design to use. I decided to begin with the roads. I did free-motion quilting and made a gravel pattern in circles.
Next I did a boxy stippling pattern around all the free area’s. It took quite a while but it turned out exactly the way I’d hoped!
I made a scrappy type binding and I absolutely loved the way it added to the overall look of the quilt. As usual, my two cats were extremely helpful in breaking in the coziness of this quilt while I did the hand sewing on the binding! Gotta love ‘em!
The trucks and tractors needed to be quilted as well. So after the binding was done I went back and added stitch-in-the-ditch quilting to the tractors and dump trucks. It was the perfect finish!
The best part was giving the quilt to Donovan and seeing the joy in his face when he opened his gift!
I have to say, I think it was a perfect fit!