Wednesday, November 6, 2013

For the Boys - All Aboard

Jump on board by riding the rail or enjoy the ride of an undefeated NFL football team on my stop in the "For the Boys" blog hop.  There is an abundance of projects to sew up for boys of any age in this Blog Hop created by Madame Samm and hosted by Amy.  I would like to thank these two incredible ladies and Camelot Fabrics, the sponsor for this hop.


A Train Quilt for Brody
The first project is a quilt for my nephew, Brody.  I just had to get one of my Aunt Challenge quilts going. (I have a goal to make quilts for all of my nieces and nephews working my way up from the youngest.)  I saw this picture of Brody online one day and knew exactly what I wanted to draw out for his quilt.

Brody excited to visit a train
 
 
The Brody Express
 
Brody is always on the fast track, so this will be the perfect cover if he ever slows down.  The fabric is all Kona solids with the exception of the yellow which was in my stash.  The quilting is free motion and straight line.  The quilting on the engine is curved to make it look round.

Closer to show quilting

I am planning to make one more of these for another nephew and will offer the pattern soon.
 
 
If you stopped by yesterday, you've seen this picture.  Weekends in the fall become all about football around here and my hubby and I are big fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. (9-0 Baby!) I wanted to make my hubby something...

Kansas City Chiefs Stadium Blanket
 
 
We have been to many football games in the cold and  sat on rock hard bleachers.  So...
 
Stadium Blanket and cushion, American football style.  Go Chiefs!
A stadium cushion and blanket will make the games much more comfortable.  These are styled with NFL footballs in mind.

A look at the back and the quilting
I stitched this up using Kona for the front and Chiefs fabric for the back.   I quilted lassos to make the quilt look a little like the pig skin.  I did the binding on the machine.  This was a first on a larger quilt, for me.  It will make it a little stronger, I suppose, but I like hand sewing the binding.

Chiefs quilt

It was fun to finally make DH something.  He likes it enough that he took it out to his shop and took pictures of it with a sign he had out there. (Maybe he is tired of being the photographer's assistant)  lol.   I had to enhance the picture for him, just a little.  *giggle*


There are more of these in my future.  I have been asked to make the stadium cushions for some clients and my son is a Tennessee Titans fan and the fabric arrived today for his.  I will find time to properly draw this pattern to share soon.  *UPDATE The pattern is available HERE.
 
Now jump on board and ride on over to the other blogs sharing projects for boys today:
 


November 7th

 
 
I do have a little giveaway for you.  This sweet little panel by Leanne Anderson for Henry Glass Fabrics called God Gave Me You - Little Boys.  Just leave a comment.  If you follow this blog, add another comment telling me you do.  I'll have the winner announced by the 16th, right after this blog hop is over.  Please be sure I can contact you if you are a no reply blogger.  Good luck!  Update:  The winner was Bonnie.  She is going to make a quilt for a new baby with this panel.
 
 
 
 
Thank you for visiting and
Have fun,
 
 

 


100 comments:

Pat Broe said...

Brody and The Brody Express are adorable! The stadium quilt and cushion design is perfect for warming up at the games. Thank you sew much for all the inspiration ... :)

Pat Broe said...

I am a happy follower thru bloglovin' and gfc. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway ... :)

Amy said...

They are both just great boy/guy quilts. Love that your fella was doing a little photography.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, another train lover - look at that smile! Great big boy quilt too - yes, those benches are the worse so great idea.

Heidi said...

Brody is a lucky guy! Both these quilts are such great ideas:-)

Baa. xxx said...

Brody's quilt is very cool - such nice bright colours. Love your American Football quilt too. Clever idea

Shanna said...

Oh My! My husband has been a chiefs fan since he was a little boy, I so think he would love that football quilt which is so giving me ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

Pam said...

I have a little boy in my life and he loves trains, mind you he loves all forms of transport, especially if it is noisy.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

The Brody Express is fabulous!!! I love the design and how you've added your nephew's name. The football quilt is a great idea, too.

Britt-Inger said...

I love Brody Express, you have made an awesome quilt for a little boy and the foot ball quilt is great too.Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop

charlotte said...

Wonderful projects, Carla. I am from KC and my siblings and hubby and I are Chiefs fans too. I would love to make my brother a stadium blanket like yours. Can you tell me where you got the fabric for the back? Thanks for sharing.

Fiesta said...

Carla wow is all I can say. Awesome quilt!

Fiesta said...

I already follow with bloglovin

JoyceLM said...

Love your projects, especially the Brody Express - my great nephews would love that. Thanks for sharing.

JoyceLM said...

I'm already a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

The train piece is really wonderful, and the stadium quilt and cushion are really smart and handsome! Congrats on KC doing so well this year too...do me a favor and beat the Broncos lol!

Lorna McMahon said...

Wow Carla! Both of your projects are super sweet! But I must say the football set is my fave! Looks like you will be watching the game in comfort!

Mdm Samm said...

Now really who does not have a train in their backyard to take a magnificent photo….toot toot…
and yes a field for a football quit….totally MANLY ….love it

Thearica said...

Purely inspiring quilts! My son in law would love that football quilt... with Alabama Crimson Tide on it of course. :)

Gill said...

I love the Brody Express!!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love the train quilt - trains are special in our family since my husband's father worked on the railroad. But the football quilt, I simply have to make one of these for my son. He's a football coach and would love that! I'll be watching for a few more details on how you did it. :) blessings, marlene

Leanne Parsons said...

Great job! The football quilt is fantastic. Husbands are hard to quilt for, aren't they?

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Brody looks so cute on that big train!! I just love your quilt Carla. I am hand quilting a customer quilt right now; with football fabric on it. But I just love your quilt!!!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I follow via Bloglovin Carla...thanks

Connie said...

What neat quilts and those stadium cushions!!! Great idea, I can just see you both at the game with your football quilt keeping you warm!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Love both the train quilt and the stadium blanket set! My hubby is a train guy and loved seeing a train quilt finally!

Dorian said...

What great quilts! I love your train quilt. My oldest is a train fanatic too, he would of loved this quilt when he was little.

Mystica said...

Thank you for sharing a giveaway.

Vickie said...

Carla, love the picture of you and DH and the fact that your husband took one of the pics ! Sounds like he's mighty proud of you for all your creative quilting ! Train - super cool, KC Chiefs- super, super cool !The quilting on the football quilt does look like pig skin, smart !

Leah said...

Two great quilts! Love the football one, it is perfect for the stadium!
I too like to do hand binding, but sometimes I like the speed of machine binding. I am torn between the two methods.

Renea said...

I am sure Brody will love his quilt. The football quilt would be great for my boys if it were a Packers quilt. :) I love this panel. We have a new grandson born in August and this would be perfect for a quilt for Max. I will have to try to find this fabric. Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway.

Timtirim said...

I love your ideas! Thank you for sharing!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Great finishes!!! Looks like you really had a lot of fun creating these very awesome boy quilts...my son-in-law would love the football quilt!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Great finishes!!! Looks like you really had a lot of fun creating these very awesome boy quilts...my son-in-law would love the football quilt!

krislovesfabric said...

Wonderful quilts!

sew.ost said...

Love the quilt. My niece is pregnant with twins after a long time trying, would love the fabric

Sandy Rowe said...

Awesome quilts, both Brody's AND your DH!

Quiltsmiles said...

My youngest grandson has the same name as yours, I love it! He is cute with the "Brody express". lol
Your idea is awesome for following the games, nicely done. Jane

Carol said...

I love that train and how you personalized it...too cute! The football quilt is so cool!

Kathy H said...

I just love that stadium quilt. It is perfect.

Joan Kawano said...

Wow, those quilts would make a boy any size smile from ear to ear. Great football quilt for the big boys in our lives!

Joyce Carter said...

Wow! What perfect projects for the guys. All my grandsons would love these, especially the football quilt. Great job. Thank you for sharing.

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

I am a new email follower.
Rose Marie in AZ
yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Love your stdium quilt! There can be no question that it is a football quilt! Looking forward to the pattern....!

patchouli moon studio said...

Love the train quilt. I have a grandson who has loved trains since he was a toddler. He just turned 6 and still loves trains.
The football quilt and cushion are wonderful gifts for those football fans!

Tinliz said...

What a wonderful football quilt. It would be great for a reversible quilt for a friend who was a letterman in his college days and a Marine in Nam.
I signed up to follow your interesting blog.

Tiffany said...

I love them both! I've got a train loving son and a football loving husband as well.
Also, that panel is super cute.

JanesQuilting said...

Adorable and what a great idea. I am sure there are a lot of people that are jealous of you at the games.

Nina said...

These are both great projects! My boys used to love trains. And the football quilt is great. It can be hard to come up with "guy projects" sometimes.

Nina said...

Oh, yes, and you know I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lorene Holbrook said...

love, love, love your football quilt!!!!

Carla said...

How fun is that! I like both your projects. I bet hubby was thrilled.

Brandy Pettit said...

Carla I just love how your football quilt turned out! And the stadium cushion is great. We're fans of on of the next best teams, the 8-1 Seahawks! However my husband's team is the Rams... We may end up with generic football themed quilts at our house :) The Brody Express turned out fantastic too, I bet your nephew is going to freak out when he gets it! Thank you for sharing!

Brandy Pettit said...

Carla I just love how your football quilt turned out! And the stadium cushion is great. We're fans of on of the next best teams, the 8-1 Seahawks! However my husband's team is the Rams... We may end up with generic football themed quilts at our house :) The Brody Express turned out fantastic too, I bet your nephew is going to freak out when he gets it! Thank you for sharing!

withajoyfulheart said...

The football quilt was a great idea. I'm sure you'll have many requests for more of them.

withajoyfulheart said...

Oh, and I'm a bloglovin follower!

Kathy L said...

Love your designs. Very creative.

Rose Best said...

Very nice boy quilt, any little guy would love

Sandy said...

What a great football quilt! I would love to have the pattern also....thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

I follow you by email.

Moneik said...

Love the football quilt! Go CHIEFS!

Susan said...

The Brody express is really cute. Great idea for a "man" or "big boy" quilt.

barb said...

Did youcome up with these designs on your own? You are so creative. What boy wouldnt like either one of these. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

tink's mom said...

Brody Express is such a great little boy quilt. Wonderful job on design and execution. The stadium blanket and pillow are great big boy quilty stuff. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Mara said...

Great football quilt, I am sure you will get a lot of commissions for the quilt and cushions, it's awesome.

Bonnie said...

What great quilts. The train is so cute and the football one is now on my list to make for my granddaughter who is a huge football fan. I'm sure her dad would like one also. Thanks for sharing.

LynCC said...

Cool!! The train and the Chiefs quilt are both so clever!!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Definitely a much loved quilt - super project!!!

Merrilee Rogotzke said...

Love, love the football quilt but maybe with a different NFL team featured, although this year I don't want to admit which one--our record just about looks the opposite of the Chiefs. :(

Createology said...

Your creative ways with fabric and "For the Boys" is very clever indeed. The train is uber cute. What a thoughtful gift for your DH to enjoy at the games. Thanks for hopping. Creative Stitching Bliss...

Marla's Crafts said...

Very nice quilt. Any young boy would like this. Thanks for having a give away.

Debby said...

Love that choo-choo train! And I think making that stadium blanket and cushion is perfect. Loved seeing everything. Thanks for sharing!

gpc said...

Great quilts -- my grandson is still a huge train fan. I'm not sure he'll ever out grow it! :)

CeLynn said...

Love both quilts,but the football quilt is my favorite! Great job on both.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What fun quilts..love the train!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Karen said...

The football quilt is FANTASTIC! Write up a tutorial when you make the Tennessee one. Awesome job.

maggie said...

Wonderful train quilt. It reaally came out great!
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

LJ said...

How cute is that Brody Express? Love the bright colors and the quilting was perfect. Excellent "do" on DH's cushion and quilt. I can just hear him commenting to his friends on the neat quilt from you. :)

desertskyquilts said...

Carla, what cute projects you made! I love that your husband likes this so much he took his own pictures! dezertsuz at gmail

Linda J said...

Cute train quilt for a little boy in your life and even better, how wonderful is the stadium quilt and cushion! I bet you made your "big boy" quite happy with this!

Joanne said...

The Brody Express is really adorable and the stadium seating is a wonderful idea. I sure wish I had thought of that years ago wile watching my children play sports. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today!

evelyn said...

The train quilt is just perfect for that cute little one. I love the stadium quilt. Great original idea.

Crickets Corner said...

The Brody Express is a cute idea and I bet he loves it. I am in love with the Chiefs stadium blanket and cushion, it looks like hubs is loving it also. Hope he gets to use it at the Nov 24th game and we're 10-0!

Crickets Corner said...

I'm a follower via Bloglovin.

Just Quilt It said...

What a great stadium blanket set! I'm sure many people will be requesting them before long! Great work.

Just Quilt It said...

I follow on bloglovin!

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Love the train!! I also like the football quilt. Great idea for the pillow. Thank you for sharing.

Malini said...

The All aboard and foot ball quilt are just awesome!
I know sometimes it takes a while to make a quilt for the hubby! Great job!

Quilt n Queen said...

Your Brody Expressis adorable and I'm sure any football fan would love the stadium blanket. I love it!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Quilt n Queen said...

I'm a follower, thanks for the chance to play with the panel...it is sEw cute. Happy stitching, Pauline

Sewgirl said...

My all grown up son used to be excited about trains too...your son is just darling. And great job with the football quilt...I'm sure your husband will get lots of enjoyment from it!

Kirsten said...

The train quilt is really cute and I also love the football one - the stadium cushions are a great idea too!

Robin said...

Oh my goodness, that stadium blanket is awesome!!! Great looking train quilt too. I bet Brody will be beside himself!!

Bobbie said...

ooh I do hope you share the pattern! I have a few football fans who "need" your cushion and blanket!
Brody's train is great too! I love the curved quilting on the engine!

Lana said...

I am with you sister!!! That is a GREAT GIFT and my favorite for the boys so far!!!!

Kristen King said...

Great idea, I've spent many a cold evening on freezing bleechers!!! Funny how excited our boys get when we make them something! :)

Sallie said...

Many nice projects on your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Wow Carla,
I just love what you made for this bloghop, perfect for boys!
Very well done, thanks for sharing!
Bente

Linda said...

I'm late to the party, but had to comment on your beautiful quilts!!! Perfect for the boys in anyone's life!
I'm a follower too!