Saturday, September 23, 2017

Applique Numbers

Although they make me laugh, these ballplayers are missing something. There's too much empty space on their uniforms. And in the yard. I haven't figured out what to do about the grass but..

Phillies ballplayers in unnumbered jerseys

I bothered FO {that's Future Owner} for a list of his favorite players and their numbers. With a serious drop dead date and threat to add Giants players to the quilt. Ha. I'd feel guilty but it worked. He sent the list, I graphed the numbers and appliqued them to the chests. I thought they were perfectly straight but these two are slightly aslant. Whoops. It adds to the folk-art charm, right?

Player numbers appliqued on jerseys of Phillies baseball quilt.
Adding numbers to the Phillies ballplayer jerseys
All that's left is slow, careful cutting. I'm out of the pinstripe so can't make a mistake here. Sure wish I'd numbered the jerseys before sewing the uniforms. It would have been much easier.

This coming Tuesday is AHIQ linkup. Are you ready to share your words? I am! And I can't wait to see what everyone else has done.

Enjoy the day, Ann

21 comments:

  1. Great quilt. Where can I get the pattern? Have a Grandson who would love this.
    patsystitcg@gvtc.com

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    1. You make a good point that few quilt patterns interest young men. This is an original design. I guess it's a prototype since several men in my family have asked for one in their team colors. I'll try to write up a pattern after the new year.

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    2. That would be great! Thank you
      Patsy

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  2. this is wonderful...numbers, too--amazing work. Yes, I've also learned, the hard way, to add small bits of applique FIRST! >>this is so gorgeous...hugs, Julierose

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    1. You and Audrey have so much more applique experience. I'm only now coming to realize how much easier it is to applique to a small piece instead of the entire top. As a novice, I was scared to applique before everything was together. What if I got it in the wrong place or went over a seam allowance?
      It's great that we can learn from each other. Some of us (me) are just a bit to hard-headed at times.

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  3. Congrats on such a wonderful ORIGINAL piece of work! Super fun and so personal for the FO. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Coming from the Build-A-Barn designer this is a lovely compliment. Thanks.
      I think he'll like it. Funny how the more I personalize it, the more concerned I become.

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  4. The ball players are great. I've been thinking about making a baseball quilt for my husband He is a huge fan of the SF Giants. That block might be just the trick! I wonder if you could add detail to the background with the quilting. With parallel lines kinda like the way the baseball field is mowed?!

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    1. We are Giants fans, too. We either attend their games or watch the on TV. My husband is overtly hinting he wants a Giants quilt before spring training. Since I know them better there are more ideas percolating. If we were closer we could work on them together. :-)
      Good idea about the quilting. I chose one green because it had diamonds on it.
      Thanks for writing, Claire.

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  5. What a terrific idea for a quilt. I love this. I like to see cool stuff for boys. Fantastic job on this quilt. What boy would not love this on his bed? So creative.

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    1. Thanks, Dots. You're right. At least for my family. All the guys want one. Guess I'll be busy for a while.

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  6. Not being perfectly straight is good!!!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. Good thing since I'm NOT doing it over.

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  7. Future Owner is lucky! What a great quilt for a boy who loves baseball!

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    1. Thanks, Janice. When I found out how much he loves his Phillies, I wanted to make a baseball quilt. Over the years I've seen some clever ones but it was even more fun to design this myself. Working out lots of kinks and have amazingly found even more ideas.

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  8. I think those numbers look just right for this quilt. Love your threat to get what you needed!

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    1. Ha. It was the perfect threat to get some action. And the players now look complete. Thanks for writing, Janine.

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  9. the numbers are a great touch - hooray for "real" not perfect

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    1. Thanks, Barb. I tried to put them on straight but this is how they ended up.

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  10. This is great and I like the wonky numbers. Sounds like this won't be the last baseball quilt you make.

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    1. As far as the men in my life are concerned, I'm in business for THEM for the next few years. Ha. Finally something they really like.

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