Friday, February 19, 2016

Robots All In A Row Finished

I'm so excited to share with you my finished "Robots All In A Row" quilt that I designed for my grandson for his birthday. It turned out even better than I imagined!
Robots All In A Row Designed By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

The idea for this quilt came from fabric that I found last summer when on our Row by Row girls road trip. My grandson is turning 2 this month and ready to leap out of his crib so his bedroom is getting a new robot themed décor along with a new 'big boy' bed.

Robots All In A Row Quilt Design Process By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I decided to design robot blocks modeled after the robots in this fabric by Makower UK called "Little Monsters Robots" by The Henley Studio. I'm a visual  and tactile person, so I like hand drawing my designs out on grid paper even though I have the Electric Quilt (EQ) program. I matched up the colors in the robots with Kona Cotton solids. Although my original plan was to use the robot fabric in the front of the quilt, as the design evolved the robot fabric ended up being used as the backing.

After a sewing weekend with family at the end of January, I made a good start on my blocks, finishing all but one.
Robots All In A Row By Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

But after looking at that green robot for a week, I knew I needed to change the color of his eyes and mouth. His face just disappeared. So I ripped out the center of the face and replaced the eyes and mouth with a darker gray. Much better!
Robots All In A Row by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

And then I finished the last robot the following weekend.
Robots All In A Row by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

Since the one thing being carried over from the nursery décor in my grandson's bedroom is the chevron rug and curtains, I decided to set the row of robots in a field of chevrons. It didn't take long to get the quilt top done then and onto the quilting machine.
Robots All In A Row Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

I decided to quilt a simple design of lines across the robots and echoed the chevrons with the same lines. I really like how the quilting emphasizes the chevrons and gives it a modern feel.
Robots All In A Row Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

With my leftover scraps of fabric, I made a matching pillow (travel size).
Robots All In A Row Coordinating Pillow by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com

And I managed to get it labeled! Something I'm not very good about.
Robots All In A Row Quilt Label by Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio

Can't wait to see my grandson's reaction to his big robots! At two years old, he won't understand the work that went into this but hopefully he will understand the love. And at 60" x 70", he'll be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

~Sharla