Strike Out! {A New Pattern}

Friday, April 27, 2012

Are you wondering if I am a bowling fanatic?  Well, I'm not (although I do like to get my bowl on once in a while.  I mean come on - who doesn't?)  But this little number isn't just for those of you in a league, it's also for those of you who like quilts that are simplistic, quick to put together and that make a bold statement!

Let me tell you how this idea came to be...

A few years ago I came across a darling little boys room in a Better Homes and Garden "Kids Rooms" magazine.  This particular room was quite the feature with several pages highlighting every detail.  The room had rugby stripes painted around the bottom of the walls.  It was decorated with lots of galvanized steel, painted furniture in muted reds, golds and blues and some vintage game pieces.  Did anyone see that room?  Well, I loved it!  I loved the vintage-retro feel it had.  I loved that it kind of had a theme - without having a theme (if you know what I mean?)  I loved the stripes and I especially loved the vintage bowling pins displayed on the shelves.  That room inspired what is now my 9-year-old son's current bedroom.  You can see a couple of pictures of his room HERE.  Ever since I saw the room in that magazine, I have been wanting to take the idea a step further and use it for a quilt design.  So finally, a few years later, here it is!

Strike Out is so simple and graphic so I wanted to do some really modern, graphic designs for the quilting, as well.  I had one of my favorite quilters (Kaylene Parry in Lehi, UT.) do large cross-hatching on the background, swirls on the bowling pin and ball, and scallops and stripes on the stripes.  I think the quilting turned out great!  Kaylene did a fantastic job! 

I couldn't resist this Circa 1934 number fabric by Cosmo Cricket for Moda for the backing - kinda goes with the bowling theme, I think.  For the binding, I chose this black and grey houndstooth fabric that really pulls in the black and grey of the bowling ball.

Strike Out finishes at 38" x 47".
The perfect size for a crib, nursury or just a throw for your favorite little one.
[Like this little guy - my friends 5-year-old.  Isn't he the cutest?]

If you'd like to enter to win a copy of Strike Out, please leave me a comment below.  I'd love to hear what you think.  Well, actually, I'm nervous to hear what you think.  I think you'll either love it or hate it.  Because I know ~ it has a giant bowling pin/ball on it!  But hopefully it will put a smile on some of your faces.  And I bet, little boys all around the world will really love it :)

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Thanks for stopping by!
~ Amber