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