A couple months ago the hubs and I decided to get a king-size bed. The problem was we couldn't decide what to do with our old queen mattress set that was still in great condition. Our kids' bedrooms are small. There was no way it would fit in the room our girls share. If we were to put it in our son's room, it would take up most of the room and his play space. We finally decided to do that and get rid of his toddler bed. Then I started formulating an idea. I decided to make him a quilt that would create additional play space on top of his bed now that much of the floor space was gone. Pretty soon I was sketching and creating what is now the Roadwork Quilt.
I wanted to keep the design very simple. At first I considered trying to piece houses and buildings, but decided to leave that part up to my little guy and let him build his city buildings with his Duplos. I just wanted to create a very basic map for him to play on.
I also kept the embellishments very simple. The dashed lines are pieces I hand-cut from heat transfer vinyl (t-shirt vinyl) purchased from Expressions Vinyl. The signs were cut from the same material using my Silhouette machine with shapes purchased from their online shop. I had a lot of fun with the various signs. Again, keeping it simple, I only used about eight different signs that I scattered throughout the quilt. These signs are two or three layers of vinyl ironed on top of each other to create the sign. They essentially melt into each other as they fuse to the fabric. I debated quite a bit on the dashed lines. Technically they should be yellow considering these are two-lane roads, but I really liked the bright contrast from the white. I also debated doing some solid lines for no-passing zones, but in the end decided to keep it simple.
I wanted the quilting to be very minimal so that it didn't interfere at all with the design. I used a large stipple design on the roads. On the green background I used a variegated green thread and a wavy design to somewhat mimic grass.
The back is a king size sheet. I have had tension problems when quilting with sheets in the past, but using a top-stitch needle while quilting makes a huge difference.
I pushed myself this past weekend to finish this quilt and stayed up too late a couple nights. It makes me happy that my little guy loves it and was so excited when I finished his "roads". It's already been tested and approved.