Actually I know I can, I definitely can!! I finally finished the train quilt!!!
Lochie, the lovely recipient of this quilt, is turning one tomorrow and I thought it was a fantastic deadline to work to. We had a yummy morning tea to celebrate today and I presented the quilt after finally finishing it last night.
I found this lovely Michael Miller 'I think I can' fabric not long before Lochie was born and thought it would be perfect for a vintagey style cot quilt for him.
After mucking around with ideas for ages I finally decided on a 'four patch square on point in a square' out of lots of fun prints and a nice not too cream quilter's muslin. Not sure what the technical terms are here and I'm sure there are proper quilting people out there going "what!!!" But I know what I mean.
I quilted it with two squares in the four patch and triangles in the triangles.
Then I fussy cut all the different versions of the train. I quilted this square in various ways and hated them all. Then my mum suggested I do a diamond and it was perfect. I really like that it follows the line of the square on point beside it.
Somewhere during the designing phase I decided I would quilt train tracks around the border to finish it. About five versions later I'm really glad I did.
Right down to the little engine - it's the Lopez Express of course!
Finished with a slightly wonky label that I like even more now the quilt is washed.
And folded up ready for wrapping.
I had even bought him a train card to match!
Happy 1st Birthday sweet little Lochie!