Disco Quilt Top

Picture this:

I’m on our slow-going journey from Texas to Arizona driving 55 in a 80 mph with the same Penske truck in front of me that I’ve been staring at for hours on end.  This is the definition of BORING. Then despite the extremely intermittent cell service, I got a text from my dad telling me he found a quilt pattern he really liked. He said something about liking the refraction pattern or something else equally as nerdy but all I heard was – will you make me this quilt?!?

Over the following weeks, we passed emails, gchats, and texts back and forth discussing fabric and size options (goodness knows, we don’t use our phones to CALL people anymore).  Truth be told:  I was so excited about making this quilt that I may have harassed him a bit until we had all the details worked out!  Sorry, Dad! He has always been incredibly encouraging of my quilting ventures, but wanting a quilt was a first, and I wasn’t about to let that go unnoticed.

The pattern he liked: Disco by Jaybird Quilts.  I had the opportunity to see Julie of Jaybird Quilt’s version in person over Christmas Break at a trunk show.  It’s the one hiding in the back over there! I’m especially fond of the fabric choice.  She used Botanics, a new fabric line designed by Carolyn Friedlander which from far away looks like a collection of solids, but up close reveals its true self – beautiful prints!


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This particular quilt uses either fat eighths or fat quarters.  I ordered the fat quarters and got to work right away cutting up the stellar prints with Julie’s Hex N’ More ruler.

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I love when my sewing space is organized, even if its a rarity!

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I had some trouble getting all of the fabric to fit on my design wall as I was arranging the blocks.  It all worked out in the end!

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Without further delay: Disco Quilt Top!

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I’ve been hard at work practicing different free motion techniques for this project.  Wish me luck! Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Dad!

I hope you are all having a stellar week – love to you all!

  • Beautiful quilt! Nice job!

  • JR

    I am a lucky father 🙂

  • Looks like a great quilt. Lucky Dad, lucky Daughter.
    I’m visiting from our new blog discussion group. Isn’t this fun?!!

  • Karen Buchs

    Such a lovely quilt. How nice to have a dad who appreciates what you do. Usually it is our parents or grandparents passing things down. Now you have an heirloom moving up a generation, and he can say “my daughter made that for me.”

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  • Beautiful quilt! I love the colors and the pattern

  • How exciting to have a quilt request from your dad! And he has wonderfully great taste. Love that pattern and those prints. You have done an amazing job piecing up this beauty. Can’t wait to see how you quilt it!