In a rather anticlimactic moment, I handed over the finished “Roads” quilt to Duncan, washed and dried and ready for snuggling.
It feels strange to be done with it. I’ve been working on it for so long.
I don’t think Duncan quite believed me when I told him it was done and he could have it.
Not that it took him very long to get over the shock.
And you all were right. I don’t notice my mistakes at all. I’m just left feeling super proud of myself for having made it.
Even if it took me two years from idea to completion.
- The “Roads” quilt pattern is found in The Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns.
- Trying out the pattern, Choosing fabrics
- Rounding out the fabric selection
Sewing the Quilt Top
Quilting & Finishing
If you don’t mind, I’ll take a little break from quilting for a while.
Not too long of course, because there are another three kids already putting in their quilt orders.
Christina Poynter says
I love it! That picture of Duncan snuggling on the couch reminds me of when I got my first trumpet: some gifts make you so excited, you want to take them to bed. I’m so glad the quilt is more comfortable!
I’m not a quilter but can appreciate the hugeness and awesomeness of your project. Well done!
I am “not a quilter” either. 😛 But getting out of my comfort zone is what this blogging journey is all about.
Maria J. says
It is lovely, Jodi. Congratulations on a job done, and done well. I’m sure it will be treasured– after all, it’s not just a quilt, it’s the roof of a secret cave, a map to treasure and a racetrack for matchbox cars. 🙂 You are inspiring me to try some quilting myself.
Well done! You SHOULD be proud! It’s beautiful!
It’s lovely, Jodi–nice work!
Claire from Handmade by Claire Bear says
Love this quilt, I’m scared to try and make my own like this, but I kind of want to. Claire
You could try it on a smaller scale. 🙂 A crib size perhaps, like this one?
I did this project precisely because it scared me, but I’m crazy like that.
I love the road quilt and would love to make it for my grandson who is 10 months old. So i figure if I start now, he will have in 2 years. I found the pattern you used in Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns for twin size. I was wondering how much fabric you used. The pattern calls for 18 light fat quarters, 18 dark fat quarters and 4 yards of fabric for road. Thirty six fat quarters seems like way too much fabric. I see you used 10 colors plus gray. How much of the each did you use? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I think the high number has more to do with getting a good variety if prints. I bought a yard each and it was way too much.
Lois Hammond says
I’m just about to begin the Roads Quilt for my grandson for Christmas. If it’s not finished by Christmas, I suppose it will become a birthday gift instead. I was looking for directions about cutting curved pieces and found your blog. Your quilt looks great! How inspirational to do that quilt with four young children. Thank you for sharing your experience and the pictures of the steps you took along the way.
michele. howland says
Your quilt is lovely. I found your site while searching for tips on cutting curved pieces. Did you ever find a tool? I’m tempted to trace the cutting line from a plastic template i made, and then use scissors! I don’t have confidence yet with a rotary cutter.
I just used scissors when i cut the pieces. Now that I’ve had practice with a rotary cutter, I think I would go that route.
If you are having trouble with a rotary cutter, have you checked to see if your blade is sharp? Dull blades make accuracy hard.
Trency Jackson says
Could I get this pattern from you? I grew up with this quilt, quilted by my grandfather. Have been searching for the pattern. He called it the Jericho road. It was patch quilted with a red road running through it.
It’s available in the book “The Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns” http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Classic-Patterns-Patricia-Wilens/dp/0848724747/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277146801&sr=8-2