Saturday, May 5, 2012


Remember when I wrote that I really had been sewing, even though it was quiet here? Well, I really was. And here's the biggie I was working on! I got to test another Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio pattern! These lovely quilt photos were taken by Sarah Sorrell.
Bleachers is a quilt pattern designed by Angela Walters and written by Shea Henderson. When I first saw this design I knew this would be the perfect quilt to make for my husband. This pattern is just perfect for guys and isn't that elegant and masculine Parson Gray fabric used in the cover quilt amazing? Love it!
The pattern comes in the three sizes you see here. Mary Anne made the baby quilt on top, Carla made the lap size in the middle and I got to test the full/queen size on the bottom. I love seeing the different color combinations they chose. All of the quilts in this photo were made with Kona solids but if you take a look at Shea's post introducing the pattern, you can see how versatile it is. It even looks great with girly, pink prints!

{If you love the pretty pink and orange baby quilt colors, my friend Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics has put together a kit in two sizes.}

I suggested blues and grays to my husband and handed him my Kona color card to let him pick some of the shades he liked. Would you believe he completely picked out the blues based on their names! He chose Royal and Blue Jay (Royal was a nick name in grade school...there were two Roys and he was Roy L...and our high school mascot was a blue jay). How could I argue with that?

Even though it's a huge quilt, it was pretty easy to put together. Shea is a terrific pattern writer and she works very hard to make sure all of her pattern directions are clear and easy to understand. 

When I finished piecing the top, I sent it off to Angela to quilt (It's so great to see the different ways she chooses to quilt the same pattern). I had to snap a quick photo of this LONG binding before I mailed it with the top. I love hand stitching binding, but I have to admit that I was okay with Shea finishing that part for me on this huge quilt. I can't imagine how long it took her to bind all these quilts!

So now that you've read all about it, are you enticed to try one yourself? Shea was so generous and gave me a pattern to pass on to one of you lucky readers! No hoops, just leave a comment. I'd love to know what colors/fabrics you'd try with this pattern, though. I have plans for at least one more Bleachers quilt!

****Giveaway Closed******

Want another chance to win? Mary Anne is also giving away a pattern. Both giveaways are open until around midnight on Sunday, May 13. Good luck!

1 comment:

Sharon said...

And I just assumed the color choices were from our KC Royals....It looks great anyway. I think I'd try some purple, gray, and white for my Wildcats.


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