So I'm one step closer to covering my family in quilts. This one was given as a gift to my father for his birthday from my step-mom and me.
My dad is one of my favorite people and we have a lot in common. Things I inherited from him include my inappropriate sense of humor, love of ice cold beer, slight obsession with sharks (especially Shark Week), high tolerance to pain, and his appreciation of all things music. And like dear ol' Dad, if I had to pick one genre...well, it's Rock n' Roll that feeds my soul.
Unfortunately for me (and anyone who's stuck in the car with me when a good song comes on), I didn't inherit Dad's musical abilities; but I did get some of his creative genes... except he writes beautiful songs and I make cozy quilts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So when my step-mom suggested we give him a quilt for his birthday, I was all over it. We knew it had to be music related and naturally gravitated towards some sort of guitar design as that's his instrument of choice. We looked at several images and both really liked the same image.
Because of the pixelation, it was very simple to translate the image into a quilt pattern. I did some quick math and decided to use 1.5" squares and 1.5" high rectangles of varying lengths to piece the guitar. The quilt top came together quickly as I only used these smaller pieces for the guitar itself and used large pieces of fabric and improv-cut strips for the rest of the quilt.
Once I had the top completed, I realized that after I trimmed and squared it, I would need to add borders. Ugh-I'm definitely not a fan of borders. So, I did something different and cut the border strips at angles. It works well for this quilt. I like the contrast of the improvy strips and uneven borders next to the pixelated guitar.
I used a variety of neutral solids to make up this quilt top. The only exception is the neck of the guitar for which I used a textured solid. I quilted it with organic straight lines, my go to quilting motif. I think works well here.
The back of the quilt is this cool music note print and of course I bound it with my all-time favorite binding- black and white stripes.
Unbeknownst to my dad, I was in Atlanta the weekend before his birthday. I was able to surprise him with a quick visit so my step-mom and I could give him his quilt. I'm happy to report that he thought it was pretty cool! He even found the perfect place for it...
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