Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Debriefing the Boxer-Another Harley Davidson Quilt!!

About a week and a half ago I decided to make a small quilt for the Road Maggots poker run on the 28th of January. (Yes, they call themselves the Road Maggots, my husband and son are members) :^)

A poker run is where the riders begin at one point and purchase a poker hand. They can purchase as many as they want. They pick the first card of their hand there, then ride to the next stop and pick another card, and so on. Usually there are five stops on the poker run. At the end of the ride, the high hand and the low hand are the winners. After that, they raffle off items that have been donated to the group. Poker runs are great ways to get everyone out on their bikes to enjoy the outdoors and each others company. It really is like a family gathering!!

So I thought it would be fun to make a small quilt to put into the raffle and this is it!! At the end of this post, you will find the winner of this little quilt!!

I started with the center emblem which is actually cut out of a pair of Harley Davidson boxers we bought, hence the name, Debriefing the Boxer!!

From there, I added a few borders and then squared it up. A few more little borders and I was ready for the outer border which I decided to piece. Sometimes I make things a little more difficult than they need to be!!

After the first pieced border was done, I decided I should stream line the production or I was never going to get this little quilt done in time. (I actually finished hand sewing the hanging sleeve and label onto the back on the day of the ride!!)

 I always press my pieces before I open up the seam to press again. The edges seem to be sharper.

                                         Seams pressed open

                                         Before quilting the flames


And after the flames. This flame design is from the book "From Feathers To Flames" by Leah Day of Day Designs. I purchased the downloadable version and what a great resource for my machine quilting!!! It was fun and easy to do and really makes the quilt!!! Thanks Leah!!

                                And the winner is: Bob
                               The quilt looks so much smaller in his hands!!!

Take care every one, Happy Quilting and keep those needles sharp!! Martha


  1. janet.lucas262@q.comFebruary 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Martha, you are my hero!.... your work is so beautiful and technically perfect...I guess I am more of a "quilter by the seat of my pants" kind of person. Very streaky-sew like mad on a project and then my head gets turned by something new... Our next quilt show is summer of 2013... hope you will enter, Janet

  2. What a FANTASTIC block!!! This is so lovely. My siblings and I are venturing out to make 3 quilts for my sister's boyfriend who passed away a month ago today. He was a Harley enthusiast and left A LOT of great garments for us to work with. This has really inspired our creative thinking to create something to memorialize his life. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I am so glad that you enjoyed this little quilt. Good luck on your adventure!!! I would love to see what you and your sisters come up with. It will be a very special quilt!!! Martha

    2. I just love this Quilt! I want to make one as well, Im a beginner. Could you give me some measurements for your inner star and boarders... Thank you.

    3. I will have to guess that the center star finished around 7". The pieced outer border about 2.5" to 3". I didn't write any of it down, so I am just guessing. I have considered writing up a pattern for this quilt. One of these days!!!

  3. What size is the black and white check, hard to tell from pic want to make a full sized one:}


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