Turn Right to Go Left - a Finished Quilt!

My youngest nephew had a simple request for his new big boy bed - a Cars quilt. And lucky for him, I happened to have a huge stack of leftover Cars fabric from the Cars quilt I was going to make my oldest, and then finally made for my youngest

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My sister requested something like Lori's Fortieth Birthday quilt, with roads instead of plain grey strips. After determining that no manufacturer made simple road fabric, I briefly considered piecing it myself before turning to Spoonflower. 

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Spoonflower did not let me down! The "road" was 3.5" unfinished, so I chopped everything into multiples of three and pieced it together wherever it all fit.

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I made a creepy Mater section.

Also, an interesting tidbit - Sally does not appear on any of this fabric. No female Car does. And she was certainly more of a main character in the first movie than Ramone was. (Cruz is on the fabric for Cars 3, but I am not buying more Cars fabric! I still have enough after this one to make a third one!)

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And the inspiration for the quilt name - obviously it's a quote/huge plot point from the first movie (that I never understood, but I'm a barely competent driver.) However, having grown up in New Jersey and learning to drive there, "turn right to go left" means one thing - a jughandle. So of course I had to put one of those in the quilt!

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This is the first time I didn't have to think hard about props! With two boys hitting the exactly right age when Cars 1 and Cars 3 came out, we have alllllllll the cars. Red the Firetruck is a favorite.

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The backing is Minky dots (of course, any child related to me is picking a minky back); the binding is Timeless Treasures Checkered Flag, and the Cars fabric has been picked up here and there for years. 

The quilting is Caliente - a free pantograph from Urban Elementz. Definitely an excellent fire! I don't love my freehand flames, so this is a better option. I used a variegated red/orange/yellow from Superior Threads (Omni 9405) that was in my welcome pack from Gammill/Linda's Electric Quilters

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And the road is the perfect size for driving around on! Hopefully my nephew will not have too many car crashes on it.

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See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday, 18 in 2018Finish Along {list}