Thursday, May 27, 2010

Batter's Box: another Baseball Quilt

For the baseball fanatics out there, here is "Batter's Box." This quilt went to one of our very good friends who moved into his new house last month. Although he is quite the "colorful character" (and I say that with the utmost affection!), the tan and cream interior of his house needed representation from other areas of the color spectrum. I think it was my duty to help fulfill that need.

The liberated log cabin block design surrounds a Robert Kaufman baseball-themed black-and-white print (center chimney). There are 9 blocks—coincidentally, one for each inning. [Think that was planned??  ;-)] It was fun to free-motion quilt it with a variegated red-yellow gold-blue-green-brown cotton thread. The quilting motifs were geometric in nature: wacky squares, rectangles, zigzags and free-form baptist fans.
You can tell he is a colorful individual. Look at the tie-dyed T-shirt he's wearing (which most likely either has a MLB team logo or a Grateful Dead band motif on it).

Above is the label, backing, and a closer look at the free-motion quilting. This is the cousin-quilt to my husband's "Strike Zone" quilt. Finished size: 47" x 62" [4 bobbins]. It wants to sit on the back of his leather couch, but it kinda wants to slide off [note to self about leather furniture].

Click! Great books on liberated quiltmaking and block designs:
Liberated Quiltmaking IILiberated QuiltmakingRule-Breaking QuiltsLiberated String QuiltsCozy Modern Quilts: 23 Easy Pieced Projects to Bust Your Stash Ideas and Inspirations: Abstract Quilts in Solids

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