Tuesday, June 5, 2012

John Deere Tractor Quilt

I have put together a John Deere tractor quilt for my four year old son who loves tractors.    

The pattern I used is from a quilt called Ryder's Star made in 1986.  I found the pattern in the book Great American Quilts 1990 (the cover quilt below).  I love this series of books, particularly the mid-80's to early-90's.  The original quilt was made by the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society as an annual fundraising project.


I found John Deere fabric with squares of the tractor and John Deere logo.  So I knew I needed to find a pattern that had squares in it that would fit the designs and display them the right way.  When I saw the Ryder's Star quilt, I knew it was perfect.


The only other John Deere fabric in this quilt is a green bandana pattern with tractors.  That fabric is located in the corner pieces around the blocks with the John Deere logo and black triangles.


This quilt is a large one that is big enough to fit a full size bed.  This has not been quilted yet.  I am going to hand quilt it because I want it to be a keepsake for my son.  My goal for this quilt was to be one that he can enjoy while he is young and as an adult.  He is very excited about this quilt and cannot wait for me to finish it.  It may be awhile....

(On a side note - I haven't forgotten the rose quilt.  I am currently working on getting the top pieced and should have pictures posted in a few days!)

Happy Sewing!
~ Candace

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22 comments:

  1. What a neat quilt with the John Deere fabrics in it! This will definitely be a keepsake for your son. We are in John Deere country here! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. What a great quilt. I love the tractors fussy cut on it. The colors are just wonderful!!

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  3. I love this quilt! I'm using that green bandana fabric as a binding to a baby quilt for my husband's cousin - the front is just a scrappy patchwork, but the backing is a John Deere Flannel. I definitely married into a "green" family :)

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  4. What a wonderful quilt! The pattern fits the fabric perfectly. BTW, I like your new header photos -- makes me want to go to the beach:)

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  5. Nice work! Love that you incorporated the John Deere prints into a more traditional pattern!

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  7. What a fun quilt! I really like it!

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  8. How cute! I live here near John Deere and live in the country near lots of tractors. - Cathy L

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  9. That is just super cute and neat as a pin! What a great keepsake quilt for your son. I have a soft spot for the green and yellow, since I grew up in a JD factory town!

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  10. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love boys quilts, as I have three of my own.

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  11. This made me think of my son. When he was about four he was obsessed with John Deere tractors! I really have no idea where that came from, but he was into all things tractors for a long time! He's not so little any more, but your quilt brought back those memories. Thanks!!

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  12. Great quilt Candace. My youngest son loved tractors when he was little.

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  13. Love this quilt. You did an amazing job. Great idea.

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  14. What a special quilt - love the John Deere used in this setting.

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  16. My Hubs loves John Deere, and I love the Ohio Star, so looks like I need to put this one on the to do list :) Great job, I love it
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  17. What a beautiful quilt! I love the theme and I'm sure your son will treasure it ;-)

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  18. Thank you everyone for the sweet comments!

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  19. I love seeing your John Deere quilt and can't wait to see it quilted. I've made a John Deere quilt for my great-nephew as well as quite a few for our prayer quilt ministry. (So far, I'm saying there's not likely to be another J.D. quilt--I kind of wore out that theme!)

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  20. I love this. I have boys and it is often harder to find patterns for them than for girls

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  21. Your quilt is beautiful. My husband et my son are very fan of John Deere tractors. Where have you fund the different fabrics ? I'll like to realize one.

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