Friday, February 2, 2018

One Monthly Goal for February

Once again I’ll be participating with Patty at Elm Street Quilts in her great motivational link-up, One Monthly Goal (OMG).

I participated last month and finished up my Starry, Starry Day quilt in January. And now I’m working furiously on my brother Steve’s Hot Rod Quilt.

These fabrics have been hard to put together because they come from so many sources. Several of the pieces with blue backgrounds (dragsters) came from a shirt that Steve bought years ago at a swap meet. It appealed to him because it showed scenes of dragsters from some of the California venues he used to frequent when we were young. In fact, the (now-defunct) Irwindale Raceway was a few cities over in Southern California, and we could hear the races every now and then.

Steve is into anything “cars” - vintage cars, hot rods, etc. He bought his first car - a 1947 Chevy - when he was 15. Couldn’t even drive yet. But guess who had to drive it? Moi. Yep, I had to learn how to drive a stick shift (in 1970) on this 1947 with a starter button, a huge clutch that looked like a ..... well, never mind. Oh, and it did have a horn - an oooga horn. I learned while having to drive Steve to his dentist appointment after school in it. Stalled it about a half dozen times, with Steve yelling at me and his two friends (along for the ride) laughing and hooting. Once I got the hang of driving a stick shift it was a fun car to drive. But  the next year Steve got his license and that was that.  But I digress......

I have finished piecing the quilt front and back (lots of leftover pieces), and basted it yesterday. The quilting will begin this weekend.  I want to get it done before we leave on vacation next week.  :-)


  1. You are the best sister ever and your brother doesn't deserve you.

  2. Quite the fabric collection of cars. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  3. Awesome. I love that you incorporated parts of his shirt!! I personally can't wait for Daytona Day!!! Must get some hand sewing ready!!

  4. Your brother is going to love that quilt! It is tricky to get lots of highly patterned novelty type fabrics to play nice together, isn't it? They all want to be the quilt's focal fabric. On the other hand, for a true car nut like your brother, the more the merrier. He'll love it all, like a big I-spy for a big kid :)

  5. Your brother is going to love this! Anybody who is 'in' to cars would be thrilled with it. I learned to drive on a standard and certainly don't regret it - altho' I do admit to preferring an automatic now. A few years ago I was at a pick-up baseball game where one of the players got injured and needed an ambulance ride to the hospital. Out of all the people there (mostly men too) I was the ONLY one who could drive his truck and follow the ambulance. I was amazed that I was the only person that knew how. Guess growing up on a farm and driving the farm truck when I was 12 or 13 came in handy.


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