finished quilt

So here it is: the finished quilt.  I machine stitched around the small group of squares and the larger inset square.  I also machine stitched around the edge to attach the binding.  Then, I hand finished the binding with contrasting thread and I did some large hand stitching on the front to break up the squares and make it less static.  To me it has a real eighties feel because of the bright blue background and the diagonal stitching.

back of Seth’s quilt

I struggled with fabric choices for the back of the quilt I had a little piece of a wonderful uneven green stripe.  I took Steve and Paul with me to the fabric stor and Steve found a these two baby prints that were very sweet.  I, of course, wanted to use all three.
However, the clouds were oriented on the bolt vertically and the moons horizontally.  I didn’t notice this until I got home from the fabric store so I didn’t buy enough fabric to compensate for it.  I had to run back and buy more.  Then I ended up with this.  The giant "I".  Steve hated it, and I grudgingly agreed it wasn’t probably the best choice.
So, here is the finished back, sans giant "I".

sethie’s quilt

Here’s a close up of the skewed fabric.  I didn’t do it exactly on the bias just at an angle to break up the strong checker board pattern.  When I do this it always reminds me of jazz or improvise.  All my quilts are full of it: on the fly improvisation that creates visual interest.  I love problems.  In fact, when a quilt is too planned out or too easily visualized in my head, I often end up not finishing it.  I feel like all the decisions have been made for it so there is no point in finishing, no quest, no journey.
Also, just a note, the plaid from a maternity dress I made.  It is a slightly warped or textured fabric.


So since this was a gift, I have not been blogging about it.  This is my nephew, Seth’s quilt.  I have now finished it and gave it to him and his mom last weekend.  Finally, I can talk about it.
I wanted to give him a quilt because he is the youngest of four, and I feel like he should have some special things too.  I’m sure his mom will make it that way, too, but  I wanted to do my part.  I haven’t made a baby quilt in years, and I gave myself a very short deadline only about four weeks.  I had these green and yellow squares already sewn into rectangles.  There are pieces of my maternity clothes, and my kids’ crib sheet in there.  The one that looks southeastern is Paul’s shorts.  I picked the two rectangles that I liked the best together and sewed them together.  However, I couldn’t figure out how to use the rest.  I had a bunch of this blue fabric that I didn’t use for the the purple quilt so I framed it.
I knew was going to use the balance of the rectangles to create another frame.  But how to add interest?  I cut them on an angle.  This made them much more interesting than if I had just cut them straight across.