Monday, January 27, 2014

Luke's Quilt

In November 2013 I hosted a book giveaway, and showed this finished quilt top, intended for grandson #4. Said grandson #4, Luke John, arrived January 6, so it was time to get 'er done!

He's three weeks old today, and seemed okay with letting me take pictures of him on his quilt. I'm so glad I could spend time with him, for the past ten days!

About making his quilt... Spray basting is my new favorite sandwiching method. After moving vehicles from the garage, and laying down an old sheet, I sprayed the backing, and then the batting, that I brought back into the house  for sandwiching. 

Batting is Hobbs 80/20 because it's versatile, and very washable. Because the spray baste isn't a permanent fuse, I pin-baste along the edges so they don't flip back while I'm quilting.

I like to trim away the bulk of the excess backing and batting, to about an inch or so from all sides.

Because I sprayed all the batting, the excess stuck together. I won't recycle this as I usually do with batting, fabric and thread scraps - to be used as stuffing for animal beds at a Ocala rescue facility. It also occurred to me that I don't want to leave the chemical spray in the quilt, for my grandson to inhale. A good reason to wash a quilt when it's finished!

Here's some of the quilting. I fussy quilted around the center shapes, and then used several different designs to fill in each block.


A Michael Miller print is on the back. 

As always, I finished the quilt with mitered, machine-sewn corner binding. 


I named Luke's quilt, "By the Sea." It's 42" X 58", a size that should grow with him for a several years. 

Luke is a very easy-going little man who doesn't really cry. He just fusses when he's hungry, or as we learned, when he doesn't want to be held. 

I'm missing him very much (and big brother, Austin, too), especially as I think Luke was getting to know me - the sound of my voice - because I often sang to him. I even made up a little L-U-K-E song to spell out his name.

Babies are precious for such a short amount of time - or so it seems to me. Maybe not so much to the parents though! Oh, and I'm happy to say this is quilt finish #2 for 2014. Linda

20 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous little man!
    And you sure are on a roll with those finishes.

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  2. Way to go! I love Luke's quilt and he is precious! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh Linda he is so precious! I love those little bald heads and that baby smell is the best ever.
    He is going to love his quilt!

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  4. Luke is adorable! I'm always impressed by your versatile quilting. I'm off to San Antonio next week to visit by grandkids!

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  5. Cute little one, and pretty quilt. Are you aware that Goodwill recycles all clothing they can't sell, and all batting, sewing scraps of fabric? They make cloth out of this for third world countries. Mark the bag recycle, and tell them when you drop it off. I just learned about this during the past year. Keeps a lot of stuff out of the landfills.

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  6. I must love all the quilting. Such great texture. He's sure cute!

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  7. he is adorable. I love that design and your quilting is so much to fun to look over.

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  8. Isn't he just adorable!? He seems to have such a wise little face...as my mother would say, "he's been here before!" And he looks very at home on his new quilt! Welcome home!

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  9. Oh what a cutie pie, and his eyes are already very alert, aren't they?And what a lovely quilt you made for him; just adorable.

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  10. When he doesn't want to be held? wow, mr. independence! Your quilt is bright, happy and creative with so many different stitches, just like that special little guy deserves ~
    :-}pokey

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  11. Sweet little man, and what a lovely quilt to have as he gets older.

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  12. Cute little guy and a cute quilt too! I like the quilting texture, colors, fabric, design, everything.

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  13. What a precious little guy! So happy you got to spend some time with him!

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  14. The only thing that could upstage your beautiful quilt & your beautiful quilting is that bundle of preciousness atop it!

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  15. What a beautiful little man and quilt all in one picture. Your quilting looks wonderful. Luke will have many years to admire and snuggle with his quilt. You are too much. Two finishes and it's only January! Wish I could say the same.

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  16. Linda what a cute quilt and an even cuter model. What a sweet baby, congrats to you all. So glad you had some quality time with him.

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  17. Oh Linda he is a gorgeous little guy. I just adore babies but they grow too fast. My Jonah turned 7 this month and it makes me so sad because I can't protect him anymore from this hard world.
    The quilt is adorable of corse and as he gets older he will love that you made it for him. I also use spray basting now I just can't get down on knees and pin anymore. I do always wash my quilts before giving to anyone.
    Hope your do well and both of your legs are healing well and your running all over as usual. Blessings Sandra

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  18. A cute quilt for a quilt baby boy! Your quilting is so very creative as always. It adds a lot to the quilt.

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  19. Beautiful quilting Linda - what thread did you use? blessings, marlene

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  20. The quilt turned out fabulous. But the little guy on top is precious. How was the trip?

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