Team Colors

Saturday, January 25, 2020

After making a Patrick Mahomes quilt for the first Project Quilting challenge this year, I had to laugh when the second challenge's theme was "team colors!" 

I considered making a Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill quilt, but due to a planned trip during the week, I knew I wouldn't have enough time to complete it. Instead, I opted for a simple mini quilt using the Chiefs colors that I could finish in the time I had.

Chiefs football modern mini quilt


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I started with the same Kona Poppy and Kona Corn Yellow fabrics that I used in the Mahomes quilt. 

Kona cotton and Aurifil

I also chose Aurifil 50wt from my stash in colors Red #2250 and Yellow #2135 - both great matches to the Kona fabrics!

I started the quilt by pressing Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 to the yellow fabric, then traced football laces onto the back. I didn't even print the picture - I just traced it right on my computer screen!

Tracing the laces onto the fabric

I cut out and pressed the laces onto the red fabric.

Pressing with Lite Steam-A-Seam 2

The size of the quilt was determined by the size of the Chiefs fleece I had left! I cut the biggest scrap of it I had, then cut the Warm & Natural batting and top to match!

Pin basting quilt sandwich

After making the quilt sandwich, I stitched just inside the raw edge of the lace piece using a straight stitch and the yellow Aurifil thread.

Raw edge applique

Next, I switched to the free motion foot on my Juki and quilted a small meander using the red Aurifil on the red fabric.

After about 1/4 of the red was quilted, I decided to leave a football shape amount of fabric around the laces unquilted - to make a "ghost" football. Yes, I really was making it up as I went!

Free motion quilting

I cut a few 2 1/4" strips from the yellow for binding and machine sewed it on (tutorial here).

Machine sewn binding

I love how the ghost football looks on the finished quilt!

The Cheifs are headed to the SuperBowl!

The pictures also show the kind of weather we've had! Snow!

Creating a "ghost" image with quilting


A peek at the back shows a bit more team spirit!

Chiefs fleece backing fabric


Most of the quilting stitches are hidden in the fleece. I love using it for quilt backs!

Chiefs fleece backing fabric


For binding, I used the red thread from the top, but the yellow thread in the bobbin. I've only done that a few times, and I'm always super impressed with how it works!

Chiefs football modern mini quilt

I think this quilt will be a great addition to our Chiefs game day d├ęcor!

Chiefs football mini quilt

Go Chiefs!!

Chiefs football mini quilt


Linking up with Project Quilting 11.2.

12 comments:

  1. Very clever football!! Talk about minimalism. I love it. JudiCrespo@yahoo.com

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  2. Love your ghost football!!! This is an interesting Super Bowl with both teams sporting almost identical colors...crimson red and yellow/gold!! Good thing you had that Chief's fabric for the backing or someone might think you were using 49er's colors!!!

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  3. What fun! Its fun to see the image of the football in the quilting.

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  4. Super cute and simple in the most elegant of ways. Fabulous finish!

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  5. Great project. I like the ghost football.

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  6. Simple yet soooo effective!! Another fabulous finish!

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  7. That ghost football really makes the whole thing! The whole thing is so minimal, but still so fun :)

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  8. simple perfection! The quilting is absolutely fantastic!

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  9. Love! I always enjoy reading your posts Laura and seeing your projects. So creative!

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