Summer and sports go together like popcorn and peanuts....don't you just love it!
If you are finding yourself sitting in the bleachers for hours at a time, then maybe a Bleachers Quilt is just what you need to pad those hard seats or to wrap up in when the temperature suddenly drops.With Father's Day being only a few days away, it is probably too late to get it made for your hubby by then, but this pattern is definitely masculine in design. (You could always wrap up the pattern and fabric with an IOU!)
I've briefly shown you this quilt before, but want to feature it today before I send it off on a fun journey to Sister's, Oregon and the annual quilt show there. Isn't the quilting, by designer, Angela Walters, fabulous?
Angela designed Bleachers; Shea Henderson, of Empty Bobbin Designs, wrote the instructions and published the pattern. I picked these Kona fabrics, tested the pattern and pieced the quilt. Angela then worked her magic to make it come alive with her creative machine quilting.
Sometimes, I admit to getting bored when I make a quilt using only a few fabrics, but not this time. I really, really loved putting this together. Shea's instructions are genius and clever to say the least. I'm hoping to make another in more feminine colors sometime.
There are even instructions for creating a pieced back. This lap size quilt is very generous and the perfect size for the man in your life.
Angela's second book, In the Studio, is coming out in the fall. Her picture in the lower corner of the cover shows her quilting on my quilt.....isn't that fun!
I might be a bit biased, but I really think that Empty Bobbin patterns are some of the best around! The photography on the cover of each is professionally done by Sarah Sorrell.
The booklet form instructions are well laid out and easy to follow with lots of colored diagrams.
Shea has given my an extra copy of Bleachers to give away on my blog. I'm also including a copy of one of her earlier patterns called Seeing Squares. If you would like to win both of these patterns, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite Bleacher sport. I'll pick a winner at random on Friday, at noon CST. (Be sure that I have access to your email address for a valid entry.)
Hope you are enjoying this summer weather as much as I am!