Sunday, March 5, 2017

Looking Fly - Project Quilting Season 8, Project 5


Looking Fly is my newest quilt made for Project Quilting.
When inspiration comes from the heart it just seems so right...



Kim at Persimon Dreams hosts Project Quilting.
She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

This is the fifth challenge of 6 for Season 8.


The first thing to come to mind when I heard the challenge was my son.  He's been a sharp dresser since he started picking out his own clothes.

Then


and now.

The Rules:

1Your project must be inspired somehow by menswear or a man.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline (February 26 through March 5, 2017). Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes. 
3. Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after February 26, finished by March 5th). 
4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. Include patchwork.
  2. Include appliqué.
  3. Have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
5.  Link up a blog post, flickr image, instagram post, or public facebook post  by Sunday, March 5th, 2017, at noon CDT.


My son, Randy, provided me with lots of inspiration for this quilt, although he doesn't know it.  I went over to his Facebook page and started snooping through his pictures.  Moms do that...


I had seen the shirts patterns in EQ7 and had always wanted to incorporate them into a quilt.  This was the perfect opportunity.  I found out it wasn't going to be easy once I saw all the y-seams and piecing challenges, but by the last block I had it mostly figured out.  lol


Parts are foundation paper piecing and other parts (neck and background) are just strategic piecing.


Each block was inspired by a memory or a picture. 
 I won't bore you with all of them, but this is a fun one.
Here is the picture.


My little Alfalfa!


My little Alfalfa quilt block.  
This is the only block I did fusible applique on.  I used my favorite, HeatNBond Lite , and just drew the bow tie and fused it on the pieced shirt.

The rest of the quilt is completely pieced.


I wanted the quilting to be like pinstripes, so I used my walking foot and quilted diagonal lines.  I used my "go to" color of Aurifil 50 wt.  (#2600).

I  also wanted to jazz up the binding and tried a flanged binding for the first time.
Lorna of SewFreshQuilts has a tutorial that I used, but I like my binding a little thinner.
I used 1 1/2" and 1 1/4" strips.


It was so fun to use scraps and find just the right fabrics for each and every block.
I used every fabric for a reason, from his favorite team to his favorite color to little memories or thoughts.


So, this  one is for my son who is always "Looking Fly."


Looking Fly

Project Quilting Season 8, Challenge 5 - Well Dressed Man
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  22" x 22"
Strategic and paper piecing, Fusible Applique, Flanged binding
Straight line quilting


I have another man that supports me so much and without him these pictures wouldn't be possible.  Hats off to my partner and bestie in life. 
A behind the scenes shot...


These things don't happen without team work...
 Thank you!!!

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
March 5th
by clicking 

Looking Fly is #73



7 comments:

Mel Beach said...

What a great piece to commemorate your son's fashions over the years and all the wonderful memories!!

Leah said...

Another fantastic quilt! Love the story behind it too!

mcwflint said...

Love how this turned out. What a memory trip.

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE it. I hope he gets this mini.

Nancy said...

Your quilt fits the theme perfectly, in my opinion. Your son sure did give you lots of inspiration.

PersimonDreams said...

This is phenomenal! You AMAZE me every Challenge!!!!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

What a great inspiration! Fantastic!