Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rocket Me to the Moon Quilt Top

Remember last weekend when I said I got three quilt tops done in three days? Here's the last of the three, minus the outside border that I've since added.

Rocket Me to the Moon Quilt Top

Way back when I first started quilting, I made this quilt top for my not quite three-year-old at the time. I was so proud of myself. I appliquéd those little rockets on there and thought I was the beezneez. But, as I learned more about quilting (like not using 1/2" seams, which is what I did here), I realized that this quilt top was crap. I tried to think of ways that I could salvage it, but everything I thought of required more work than I wanted to put into it. I'm also a cheapskate when it comes to most things and couldn't stand the thought of tossing it out. So, I decided to turn it into the backing and make a new quilt top.

I bought some Rocket Wave fabric by Michael Miller. I initially planned on just making a quilt top mostly out of that fabric without too much piecing. Then I saw these blocks by Amy of Diary of a Quilter and had to pick up these other rocket/space fabrics by David Walker to add to the quilt top. I was perusing a quilt magazine (sorry, I can't remember which one) and saw a quilt with this design (can't remember the name of it either) that I totally loved and thought it would be nice and boy-ish with these fabrics for my now three-and-a-half-year-old.

Rocket Me to the Moon Quilt Top

The colors aren't exactly the same as what I've already used in his room (like for his curtains), so I used the navy blue fabric as the sashing to tie the colors together a bit more.

I finished the quilting yesterday and need to bind it. I'll post more photos of the final product soon, along with matching pillows and pillowcases. For now, it's on hold so I can finish up the charity quilt. It's due a week from tomorrow and I still need to finish piecing the back (an update on that coming soon), baste it, quilt it, bind it, and wash it! Ack!

Linking up:

Fresh Poppy Design



17 comments:

sandandstarfish said...

I LOVE this :) I love the colors and the layout... can't wait to see what it's like all done!

Jennifer said...

LOVE it! Isn't it fun to re-work old quilts?

Jennifer :)

Jessica said...

I think your rockets were really cute! And your boys look like they like it! Love the new top!

Kati said...

I love your new top. Very cute colors and design. I'm glad you're happier with it this time around.

Denise said...

The new quilt top is darling. I am amazed that you also piece the backs of quilts. It seems like so much work to me.

Nancy Sue said...
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Nancy Sue said...

Brooke,
What a wonderful quilt! The rockets rock!

Dree said...

Lovely! I started a space quilt a long time ago for my now-almost-8 year old. I wonder where it is...

And your charity quilt is spectacular.

I came over from Quiltstory :)

Quiltstory said...

Um...LOVE this!! Not sure if it's because I have two boys, but I love the layout and the prints, all of it! Those rockets are one of my fave lines for boys!

Thanks for linking up! We'll see you next week :)

KQuiltyBee said...

This layout is perfect for a boy--he'll treasure this!

Aunt Spicy said...

....so love the navy sashing, it creates such a different look for fabrics...beautiful job!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

This is a really neat design and I hope the son enjoys this for many, many years,

Haylee said...

Wow---that looks great.

Leslie said...

this top is gorgeous...i love the pattern and the rocket fabric is so fun

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I think this new top is so fun and love that you've decided to work the other quilt you feel less than enthused about now into the back.

For my opinion, I don't think the old quilt was too bad and if the kids enjoy it, well, then it's serving its purpose. :D

Michelle said...

What a bright, cheerful, quilt with perfect colors for a little boy.

Karen said...

That is a great quilt top. The navy? sashing looks fab. Your earlier quilt top will make an excellent backing.

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