Monday, April 5, 2010

Busytown Quilt

I started making this quilt, for my son, way back in the fall when I saw this quilt on flickr. I took that inspiration in a new direction for my construction crazy little boy. Busytown is 60 x 80. The quilt is my own design. It was not paper pieced, aside from the barrel of the cement mixer, which I just could not get right any other way :) . I pieced each block improvisationally. The wheels of the vehicles are applique.

The quilt was custom machine quilted by Angela Walters. You can see the fantastic details she added. My favorite is this swirly tree!

33 comments:

Krista said...

this is absolutely amazing : beautiful work!

quiltingismytherapy said...

Oh, I love your pictures, especially the second one. The binding is spectacular, love the little yellow part. I bet your little guy loved it!

CitricSugar said...

It turned out so fantastic - I absolutely love it!!!

And if it wasn't for a child who I'm sure who be heart-broken over its disappearance, I'd be plotting to steal it. ;-)

Goddess in Progress said...

AMAZING. I love that little street sign in the quilting. The person you had quilt it clearly had such a great sense of whimsy, so perfect for the quilt. Talk about a keepsake.

Lizzy said...

This is stunning. I have a construction crazy little guy myself and would love to make something like this, but am honestly a little intimidated to even try. After seeing how beautifully it turned out, though, I just might have to try a smaller version. LOVE it!!

Meghan said...

Hi! I found your blog through Fresh Modern Quilts on Flickr. This quilt is just awesome. I just had to click over to view the largest version of the image and scope out every inch. The quilting really adds a lot, so great how it mimics and adds to the patchwork. Looking forward to following your blog!

—Meghan (thriftyquilter.blogspot.com)

Amber said...

It is so fantastic - the quilting is amazing and all your blocks are SO cute - amazing!

Corrie said...

This is amazing! Really so cool. I wish I was as ambitious as you are as I have two little boys!

capello said...

see? now, i can steal it.

love, love, love.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

OMGosh, this one is better than the inspiration quilt!

Mama Spark said...

This is one of my most favorite quilts ever. Thank you for sharing!

Chris said...

That is AMAZING. Well done! I saw it on Flickr.

Craig and Elizabeth said...

What a unique and amazing quilt. And so perfect for a boy!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

wonderful quilt. I love the simplicity. great quilting!

MeganZ said...

OMG, this is stunning! Amazing. :) I love it!

Amy said...

It is wonderful. The quilting looks great. I like how it helps all the seams in the white background to disappear. I can't help but cringe at the thought of giving a quilt that took this much time and energy and is WHITE to a little boy! Yikes! I hope it makes it ok :) I am sure it will be well loved.

Shea said...

Alex! This quilt is amazing. Seriously. I cannot stop looking at it! If you don't bring this to show and tell next week I think I'll be forced to follow you home to see it.

You should be SO proud of this. I can imagine your son showing it to his own son someday saying, "My mom designed this for me."

WELL DONE!!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Awesome! You've really taken the inspiration quilt to another level of fund and creativity!!

Inspirational.

Quilts on Bastings said...

What a stunning quilt and I love how it has been quilted.

Alisa said...

This quilt is stunning! I LOVE it! I like it so much more than the house quilts in this style.

patty a. said...

The quilt is wonderful. You did a spot on job!

Truth and Beauty said...

Alex - I was blown away by this gorgeousness. In person it was even more beautiful. Thanks for sharing this at KCMQG!! Lysa

Jenny said...

Oh sweet goodness. This is DROP dead gorgeous :) Like CitricSugar, it also crossed my mind to steal it (only kidding, well mostly). Gorgeous work.

andrea said...

I love this! So darling!

Allie said...

Oh....my....goodness....this has got to be one of the coolest quilts ever!

SewAmy said...

this is the cutest quilt I have ever seen.

Marianna said...

Wow, I think it's fantastic. I know your little boy will love it.

carmel said...

you are a amazing creative quilter!
what a unbalivable sweet quilt!
amazing!

Katie B. said...

THIS IS INCREDIBLE! Your son must love it. I know mine would!!!

ayumills said...

I'm in love with this quilt! so cute!

biscuitsandbobbins said...

I adore this quilt!! It's amazing!

Sigrun said...

Fabulous quilt, absolutely anazing!

Caitlin said...

Thank you so much for sharing the tutorials for this quilt! I went searching for vehicle quilts for my 3-year-old son last month, and this was just what I was looking for. Here's my finished quilt, based heavily on this one and your newer version.