Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quiltmobiles and Quilted Cars



I don't know which Quiltmobile came into this world first, but from the blog that first brought you quilted buildings, I can now testify to there being at least 4 quilted cars in America.

And after visiting my blog, I'm sure many of you will put pedal to the medal and create your own. So if you haven't whipped up a quick gift for your mom, or anyone special in your own life...how about a car cover? It would definitely be a one of a kind gift!!!

Photos 1 and 2:
Peggy Christopherson's Honda Odyssey van debuted at a Lebanon, Oregon quilt show last year. Peggy and other Santiam Scrappers donated orphan quilt blocks, batting and backing that they all sewed together and then quilted to make one gigantic car quilt!

As you can see, all of the orphan blocks were pieced into a form fitting car cover that still allowed it to be a a completely legal ride! Van windows are covered with a see-through screening and there are even headlight openings!

This is actually the second car to show up in the Willamette Valley. A group in Jefferson, Oregon is known to have quilted a PT Cruiser earlier in the year, inspiring the Scrappers to create one of their own.

Photo 3:
And an early Quiltmobile was made by Anne Fits and the Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters. They used their car as advertisement for their upcoming quilt show. They added directions and flyers. Screens covered their windows and there is even a zipper for the doors to open. The car is never driven faster than 45 m.p.h. One extra nice touch, the Cathedral Window block flips up for refilling the gas tank. And I'm pretty sure they remove the flags for driving!

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And if photos be true, it looks like a guild in Birmingham, Alabama thought of the idea, as well. Only theirs' shows some passengers. But I doubt that they're doing the driving. This version is missing the legal drive-ability factor ;) I'd bet there's a whole van load of husbands inside taking their naps during the show.... or maybe a group of quilters trying to sew their labels on before the show opens!

No one knows if the Lebanon, Oregon quilters will have their next Santiam Scrappers Quilt Show include a 'Quilted Car Show' as well...but you'll have to admit...it would sure give the guys something to look at!

Check out their site for some awesome BOM's by the way...they're free and downloadable.
Happy Mother's Day to all moms...but especially to those who sew, quilt, or have a good sense of humor as mine does!With this many links, and a few orphan blocks of your own surely you could whip up a Quiltmobile in your own spare time!


10 comments:

  1. WOW, I think I'll keep my quilts inside the home. haha

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  2. And then there's the quilter who painted a quilt on her car using nail polish: http://jalopnik.com/5116918/saturn-gets-nail-polish-paint-job

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  3. What great quiltmobiles!! I think I need to get my guild together and cover my VW Bug...LOL

    Thanks for the link to the quilt BOM. I think I just found my next quilt project... Crosses and Losses in yellow and white.

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  4. Happy Mother's Day Michele, what a great post. Love those quilted cars...*VBS* So much fun! Hugs, Finn

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  5. Absolutely a day-brightener!

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  6. I've seen all sorts of bedecked cars in the world, but never one that's been quilted. What an awesome display of wonderful creativity. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  7. Well hot-dang! Who would have thought?

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  8. How funny that I should stumble upon your post today after reading about the same thing last night in the March 2004 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. Apparently a woman in St. Petersburg FL made a slipcover for her car that looks just like the ones you have pictured with orphan blocks & the help of her quilting guild. I think my children might have me committed if I tried to do that to my car!

    ~Erin

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  9. I love your blog! You include the most interesting extras and so many free patterns and such! This is one of my favorite quilting blogs on the web!

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.