I have been so excited to tell you about this quilt!!!
I had always planned to sew a quilt for Dustin. Something to keep him warm in the winter days when he works from home and braves the "away" temperature settings of our thermostat (what a eco-friendly guy.) The difficulty? I am drawn to girly, whimsical fabrics and patterns. I just love the flowers, paisly, hearts, polka dots, pinks, violets, and hedgehogs: none of which are particularly Dustin's style.
In November, I finally took the machine foundation paper piecing class at the workroom. I enjoyed the class so much (and will tell you soon about the baby blanket that I made in the class!) that I scoured the internet for other paper piecing templates that I could make.
I stumbled upon these templates for The Hunger Games, one Mockingjay for each (fantastic) book, and I knew these were the perfect quilt blocks for Dustin. I stuck to solid coloured fabrics (all Kona solids), and let the birds be the star of the quilt, then chose a brick border and triangle backing.
I managed to finish the quilt-top by Christmas, gave it to Dustin, and then finished the quilt (backing, batting, binding and quilting) over the last couple weeks. I'm SO impressed with how the quilt turned out, especially since I decided to free-motion quilt all the layers together using swirling pattern of flames.
If you haven't read The Hunger Games yet, I definitely recommend the books. Yes, they are teen books, but it's definitely a mature storyline.
The final detail for Dustin's fantastic quilt: "May the odds be ever in your favour." Seriously. Go get the books and read them.