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The Driver's Footsteps Quilt Pattern

I get asked about quilts for men a lot.  The problem with quilts for men is usually a delicate balance between making it masculine for him but pretty enough that it can be in common living areas.  The Driver's Footsteps quilt, in our humble opinion, does a great job balancing masculine and pretty.  This quilt is made up of two simple units that make it perfect for a quick gift for that special guy.  The Driver's Footsteps quilt pattern reminds me of someone traveling, if you look at the diagonals the four patches with the snowball corners remind me of the Road to California traditional pattern.  The blue almost looks like arrows point which direction to go.

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This quilt features QT Fabrics.  All quilt top fabrics were generously provided by QT Fabrics.  For more of the backstory on this quilt be sure to check out the story behind the quilt.  This quilt now lives with a very special person and we are praying that it will keep him warm and loved while he travels on his new road.

Yardage and Cutting Instructions For The Driver's Footsteps Quilt Pattern

Quilt Blocks in Denim Fabric - 2 yards, cut (55) 6 1/4" squares from approximately 9 strips
Pine Cone Toile in Light Green Fabric - 1 1/4 yards cut (110) 3 1/2" squares from approximately 10 strips
Bush Blender in Forest Fabric - 1 1/4 yards cut (10) 3 3/4" strips
Woodgrain Texture in Brown Fabric - 1 1/4 yards cut (10) 3 3/4" strips

Strip cuts are approximate because of fabric width differences.  QT Fabrics is a full 44" of usable fabric.  So if your fabric is a little narrower you may need an extra strip.  There's enough built into the yardage to take care of that.  There should also be enough if you would like to add a border.  My original design included a 2" border of the blue fabric around the quilt but Paul, who sewed it, thought the border took away from the quilt design so he left it off and went with a wider binding.

In my fall quilting trends, I pointed out that all three of these colors were on trend for this fall.  I really like the blue fabric.  From a distance, it almost looks like water which plays well with the nature theme of the rest of the fabrics but up close you see it's actually a print of traditional quilt blocks.  It's the fabric that balances the other three from going into the kitschy territory.

Constructing the Units

I told you that this quilt was made up of two very easy units, four patches and snowballed squares.  Remember to save the bonus triangles from the snowballed squares and sew them up into half square triangles.  You'll have enough to make a pillow or two.  The snowballed units shouldn't need trimming and the four patches should be trimmed to 6 1/4".

The layout is five of each, alternating, unit across for a total of 10 blocks and six units down, again alternating.  The hardest part is keeping all the individual units going the same direction.  The blue points from upper left to bottom right and don't let the green of the snowballs touch the green in the four patches they should line up with the brown.

Finishing The Driver's Footsteps Quilt

The quilt finishes 60"x 66" without borders.  To finish the quilt we used two layers of 100% cotton batting and a layer of low-loft poly batting.  We wanted the warmth of the cotton but a little fluffiness on top from the poly.  If you haven't read the full story behind this quilt, this quilt belongs to a cancer fighter and I know that chemo can make you cold.  We wanted him to be warm and feel the love from back home.  The quilt really does feel like a hug when you put it on you.

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