Wednesday, October 12, 2011

5-Alarm block!

I made this yesterday for Melissa. September was her month in the VIBees, but sadly her fabric package has yet to emerge from the Canada Post Twilight Zone, and I fear it's lost forever. I went ahead and managed to find some red in my stash (uhhhh, not too difficult) because we're almost half way through October already!

Fire truck block by Poppyprint

Melissa is making a "Going Places" quilt for her son. Bee members are making blocks of transportation in the air, on land and at sea. I was on holidays when people chose their 'vehicles' and when I got back, the firetruck was mine!

Fire truck block by Poppyprint

Since the blocks are massive at 16.5", I had to adapt a smaller 6" foundation pattern from a photograph posted in our flickr pool. Unfortunately, to maintain the proportions there ended up being a ton of white space, but hey, more room for creative quilting!

Fire truck block by Poppyprint

I'm pretty happy about the driver, and also the lined paper print that I used for the hose. I love it when you can find just the right piece of fabric in your stash to take a block up a notch. BAM! This quilt will be a lot of fun for her little guy.

Against my better judgement, I'm going to tell you about the most ridiculous giveaway. Alex has given Lynne a truckload of Aurifil thread to share. So much that it even comes in it's own suitcase! Quick - right after you leave a flattering comment on my adorable fire truck block, head over there and enter the giveaway in her super fun Christmas Gifts for Quilters series!

29 comments:

Dianne said...

Without a doubt the most awesomest paper pieced fire truck I have EVER seen! The fabrics are genius - the perfect fire truck red, the hose fabric, the fire truck dog for the front seat and the awesome wheels - you rock!! That is one lucky little boy. Okay I am off to win some of that aurifil thread 'casue we know I need more thread ;P

Patchwork and Play said...

What an absolutely fabulous block! You are so clever- to enlarge the pattern/picture, to find the perfect fabric and the skill to execute it so wonderfully! Melissa will LOVE it and her little guy will have it to treasure too!

Anonymous said...

What a stupendous fire truck! You rock & he will love it! The driver is so cute & I love that the bone fabric made perfect tires. Very clever!
Sandi
sahill@telus.net

Helen said...

This is the best firetruck I have ever seen! Well done Krista! x

Katie B. said...

Brilliant, Krista! Melissa's kid is going to be the luckiest boy in the world!

Jodie said...

accccckkkk, that driver is the best !!! What a great block.

Brenda said...

very cute firetruck! my now 17-year-old son was crazy for firetrucks in his toddler years and he would have loved a block like this.

♥Duff said...

dog-gone cute block! Your recipients are always so lucky!!

Flying Blind... said...

There's a postman with a fire engine block somewhere, looking very smug if the first was as cool as this!!

Kerry said...

That is a cute block- a lot of thought in fabric choice too!

Michele Pacey said...

That is the just cutest fireman. Way to find him in your stash! Darn that Canada Post... What is up with that company?

Patti said...

Awww! Absolute perfection Krista!
You have such a creative mind; your bee partners are very lucky.
The CPTZ is the bane of my existence! I am always in "waiting for something to arrive" mode it seems.Drat!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Love the dalmation driving! This is so adorable, you've done a remarkable job.

Carolyn

quiltmania said...

Just sooooo sweet!

myredbike said...

What an amazing block, Krista! I absolutely love your attention to all the little details, the dalmatian driver, the firehose, the embroidery, the double layer wheels. It all adds up to a block that will make a little boy very happy!

Angela said...

It's just precious Krista! I had the same problem with my block. I made a cruise ship that looks more like a tug boat with the proportions of the block. Aw well...

Alisa said...

I love it! Love, love the dalmatian in the front! This is going to be a nice quilt.

Christina said...

Yeah for having blog posts email to me! :) LOVE the fire truck! So fun!

Kelly O. said...

my son's mouth fell open when he saw this--I'd say AWESOME sums it up!

felicity said...

Love this so much!

Connie said...

Well done!! Nice fabric choices for the piecing.

PinkGranny said...

Very cute...I have a little guy who is currently fascinated with firetrucks...and of course older guy(s) who are still fascinated with fire trucks! Well done!!!!

Arita said...

I love the driver.

Scrap,Quilt, Preach said...

well done. I like the fabric you used to give the ladder some texture.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a cute firetruck. I've never paper pieced, but, I can imagine it was difficult to make at that size. Really cute.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

I love how your red fabric already has kind of battered metallic texture in it. Such a great block.

Tammy Vasser said...

So creative! You have MAD skills girl!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I love the driver! Such a cute little truck, I love it!

CitricSugar said...

This one's a winner! Love the fussy-cut dalmatian, too!