The inspiration for the quilt started with this photo by Kati of from the blue chair.
Her whole quilt is Gorgeous with a capital "G." But it was that one tiny orange square that wiggled it's way into my brain and stayed there for months. Then one night, I realized that I had to just sew it out or that orange square would never get out of my mind. As I swam laps in the pool that night, I thought of my son, Henry. He's a cautious guy on land. (He's now nearly two and a half and he doesn't quite run.) But get that guy around water and he thinks he's a fish. He can't swim, but he thinks he can and spends all of his time attempting to drown himself. I suddenly knew I had to make a water quilt with an orange square for my little goldfish.
This quilt started out as the back of the I-Spy quilt I'm making for him. (Dear regular readers, I still haven't basted that poor thing. I think he may get it for Christmas. Maybe.) Then flickr friends and blog readers convinced me that it was a quilt top. I had no idea. It is a good thing they set me straight.
I quilted it with my walking foot and a bazillion 90 degree turns.
Last week I finished the binding.
I wish I could bring it in to take photos by the pool, but the fall pumpkins will have to do.
Thank you to my readers for your input. Without it, the quilting would have been ruled by
the front of the quilt design (and been full of diagonal lines--not good).
Now it will hang on the wall in my son's room instead.
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