I meshed 2 patterns together: this tutorial from homemade by Jill and a pattern that was in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of Simple Quilts & Sewing magazine. The outside fabric came from my local quilt shop recently and the inside fabric is part of a fat quarter a friend gave me. The solid is Kona Clover and the road is felt.
While I was at it, I made one for our friend Buddy whose birthday is 2 days before Christmas. Buddy is about 10 weeks younger than Munchkin. The 4 of us parents were friends before the boys were born; timing was just really lucky! Buddy is crazy about trains. His version has a train print on both the outside and the inside, also with the Kona Clover as the solid. I swapped out the road for train tracks. I did a Google image search for "felt railroad tracks" to get some ideas of how to put together the train track and I basically did it off a picture.
I like that the boys have matching toys but that they reflect individual preferences.
|inside, without cars or trains|
Buddy's dad told me that his was a hit, too, and that it will be the go-to toy to take out to lunch or dinner. Travel and eating out will likely be the primary uses of ours, too. I wanted something that could take trucks on the go.
This was goal #10 on my list of Q4 goals for the globally hosted Finish Along.