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Busy City: A Quilt and Pillow Pattern for BOYS!

August 7, 2013

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Want to see and hear more about the Busy City pattern set? And perhaps have a giveaway? Fine. Twist my arm.

Finding quilt and pillow patterns for boys isn’t exactly easy. Alex Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs knew that when she designed and made this quilt for her son a couple of years ago. Having my own trucks/bulldozer/construction crazed boy now, I can only imagine how thrilled her son was with his quilt. For her original quilt, Alex pieced the blocks in an improvisational way. But for Busy City, she very cleverly designed paper piecing templates to create each block. The pattern includes a CD of each of the 35 templates. Full sized and ready for printing!

Never paper pieced before? Have no fear! We’ve included step by step photos to guide you.

Busy City includes instructions for the main quilt, which you see here on the cover:

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….and a baby quilt, which features five blocks of your choice:

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…. and a pillow cover, which showcases one block. Check out Alex’s cute girly ice cream truck, made for her niece:

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If that wasn’t enough bang for your buck, we decided to include templates on the CD for a larger size for each of the 35 blocks! The CD includes instructions for the main quilt, baby quilt and pillow using the larger sizes. You can see the difference below by comparing the tow truck in the pillow to the tow truck just above it in the quilt. There are so many options! I could see someone using the larger blocks and skipping the sashing to make a baby quilt full of construction fun. Or a few of the smaller blocks without sashing as a larger pillow cover.

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I’m sewing up two pillow covers for a friend’s set of twins who are turning two this weekend! A backhoe and a cement truck.

Uou can find a digital copy in my PDF pattern shop or a paper copy at many of the stores listed on the Patterns page under “Where to Buy.” If you’re looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line of patterns. If you’re a store, orders may be placed with me or with your favorite distributor!

Now for a giveaway! Tell me what you’d make with these blocks… one of the six patterns included? Or a design of your own using the blocks? I’ll pick one comment this Saturday and mail you a copy of the pattern!

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle permalink
    August 7, 2013 5:40 pm

    I would make the quilt and a dresser runner for my sons room!!

  2. August 7, 2013 6:00 pm

    We’re going to have to carry this pattern. Can’t wait to make samples!

  3. Rhiannon permalink
    August 7, 2013 6:45 pm

    These would be fab on bunting to match the quilt and make my little boys room ‘a room’ and not just a rented space! Love the greys too!

  4. August 7, 2013 6:51 pm

    I would make a baby boy quilt

  5. Sonia B permalink
    August 7, 2013 7:04 pm

    I have loved this quilt from the first time she made it. I just had twin boys, to add to other boys I already have, and would love to make a quilt. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Jeri Duncan permalink
    August 7, 2013 7:35 pm

    A boys’ quilt AND paper piecing! I love it!!! I have two boys that would love this! I would probably make a wall hanging and some throw pillows.

  7. August 7, 2013 8:50 pm

    This is such a great pattern – and I love that it’s paper pieced! I can’t wait to make one. :)

  8. August 7, 2013 9:07 pm

    I know it’s perfect for a boy, but I’d still make a quilt for our daughter (the hubs works in construction so y’know, what can I say?) ;)

  9. laura permalink
    August 7, 2013 9:35 pm

    i’ve been a fan of this pattern for SO long. excited to get a copy for quilts or pillows for my 3 truck loving boys!

  10. August 7, 2013 11:14 pm

    My Sutton boy would LOVE this quilt… :)

  11. August 8, 2013 12:20 am

    I remember seeing this quilt when she made it – I love it! It would be great to have the paper pieced pattern – so many ways to use it!

  12. Raechel permalink
    August 8, 2013 8:05 am

    I would make a pillow for my best friend having a boy in a couple of months.

  13. August 8, 2013 8:25 am

    I’d make a quilt for my 16 month old son, he’d love it!

  14. Hannah permalink
    August 8, 2013 9:55 am

    I would LOVE to make the big Busy City quilt for my kiddo. He’s too young to appreciate it now, but if I start soon, maybe I’ll actually get done in time for him to care :)

  15. August 8, 2013 1:12 pm

    I’d make stuff for my boys bedroom. lots and lots of stuff. pillows, quilts ect

  16. Maroesja permalink
    August 8, 2013 1:32 pm

    I’d use the blocks to make my boys some totes.

  17. Holly permalink
    August 8, 2013 3:35 pm

    I’d make the quilt for my construction loving little boy’s bed. It would go perfect in his construction themed bedroom!

  18. Kelly Wilbur permalink
    August 9, 2013 12:11 am

    I love the idea of cute travel/car pillows for my nephews!

  19. August 9, 2013 2:44 pm

    I have two little boys that would adore these patterns, I could see a farm quilt for the little one, and a race track from the big one!

  20. August 9, 2013 9:04 pm

    So…. The trucks are paper pieced not appliqué? Or the solid colored pieces are pieced? Never paper pieced so I am confused :)

  21. Terry Allen permalink
    August 10, 2013 12:57 pm

    Holy cow!!! This is perfect for my 3 yr old grandson, who’s first words had to be ‘digger’ :)
    We often park by the side of the road just to watch the construction equipment working.
    What a great idea.

  22. August 11, 2013 7:24 pm

    Heather, everything is paper pieced. The only appliquéd elements are the wheels or other rounded shapes like treads or wrecking ball.

  23. Annette permalink
    August 12, 2013 5:22 am

    The whole quilt would be a great gift.

  24. February 18, 2014 9:22 am

    I’m a new quilter with a new grandson. I would love to do some paper piecing and that’s new to me also. Thanks. Jo

  25. Linda Fleming permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:49 am

    I’d make a little boy quilt for my friend’s grandson!

  26. Elaine permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:07 pm

    I have two grandsons who love trucks of any kind, including the ones their Dad had, and I kept, from when he was a boy. I like the idea of totes for each of them to take to pre-school and on road trips, as well as quilts, pillows and pillow cases! Perhaps even a large puffy floor pillow for each of them with their name and one of the trucks. I have never done paper piecing, but would love to learn!

  27. Elaine permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:10 pm

    I have two grandsons, 3 and 6 years old, who love trucks of any kind, including the ones their Dad played with, and I kept til now. I would love to make totes for them for preschool, quilts and pillows for their beds, , and perhaps even large floor pillows with their name and a favorite type of truck! I have never paper pieced, but would love to try it!

  28. Mary Terry permalink
    June 27, 2014 11:21 am

    I will make the best ever boy’s quilt for my first grandbaby – a boy – coming in October!

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