New Quilt

I have finally finished Henry's Swimmy Quilt.  (Darned binding.  I always get stuck at that stage.)


A Day at the Aquarium Front
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.

so far




I quilted it with my walking foot and a bazillion 90 degree turns.

quilting



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.

Henry's Swimmy Quilt



Henry's Swimmy Quilt



Henry's Swimmy Quilt

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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41 comments:

Kirsten N said...

Love the fresh blues and greens with the pop of orange and your quilting is amazing! It looks great with the pumpkins too:)

Suz said...

I love the process of idea, project, change of idea... new process... finally... FINISH! Wow, what a finish - congratulations :)

felicity said...

Love love love everything about this including the original inspiration which is indeed Gorgeous. This one's pretty freaking fantastic too.

Tania said...

I love your Bazillion Ninety Degree Turns. And I can appreciate the angst involved with dreaming in orange squares...

Prof. S said...

Gorgeous -- I especially like the quilting (as I've said before...but it bears repeating). Thanks for sharing the story behind the quilt!

notes of sincerity said...

What a fabulous quilt. I love it! :0)

Rebecka said...

I love the colors in your quilt. I also like the quilting design. Great story and thanks for sharing the quilt!

CityHouseStudio said...

I love your quilt!
I loved reading the story to go along with it, and your quilting is just WONDERFUL! You must be so happy with it!

Anonymous said...

I love your quilt! just perfect quilting too~

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com
msolomo1@maine.rr.com

KristyLou said...

I love it. Those colors are perfect. I like how you took a design and gave it a story.

bloomingpoppies said...

Great quilt!! LOVE the colors!!

Leanne said...

Wow! I totally love it, it is just perfect. I am so glad you finished it on its own.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Love this quilt and the quilting looks amazing!

Pat said...

I think I remember seeing that first block on Flickr. I loved it then, I love the quilt now!

LJ said...

I love it!

Myra said...

A wonderful quilt, and I love what you did with the quilting! Looks great! 8-)

fallingforpieces said...

Inspired by one of my all time favorite quilts! Yours is lovely too.

laura said...

love the colors, love the quilting! beautiful quilt!

Kathryn said...

I love the colours! Beautiful!

Cassie said...

Beautiful! I especially love that quilting! I have been wanting to try something like that

Debbie said...

oh your quilt is so lovely. So soothing. Your quilting is inspired - so nice!

cinzia said...

i love this quilt! I love how 'a tiny orange spot' inspired your design. i love that you made it for your son and that it will hang in his room. he will cherish it forever i'm sure. (saw you on flickr, BTW)

Elle said...

Really lovely! I bet he is very excited!

Lauren P said...

Beautiful! I love the orange! The quilting is awesome! I wish I knew how to do that!

maria said...

Simply wonderful. The quilting is great.

kat said...

wow! look at all these commenters! and what a piece of art, melinda. i love how thoughtful you are as a mother.

Lyanna L. said...

I don't know if I commented on this already but I love it that much that I'm willing to comment twice. Great job! =)

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Oh, I think it's fabulous! I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing.

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. I love your quilt. The colors are beautiful. Beautiful stapling.

diane said...

I love your quilt and the story that inspired it. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Yes! I too love the story and the way your cute turned out soooo cute! Excellent quilting makes the whole thing look fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing!

Carmen said...

Love it! Your quilting really adds a special touch.

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

That's beautiful! I just love the contrast of the blues and oranges. 2 og my favorite colors. :)

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

hanna said...

Hi, ich schaue mir gerade ein paar nette Blogs an um mir neue Ideen zu holen. Ich nähe derzeit viel Kinderstoffe und
Patchworkstoffe, macht mir echt viel Spass. Dein Blog gefällt mir sehr gut. Lieben Gruss

melissa said...

gorgeous melinda!
i'm glad you listened to all the gentle suggestions and let this be a quilt front! it's absolutely stunning - and the bazillion 90deg turns was the perfect choice for the quilting.
i love it - that henry is a lucky boy to have such a talented mama!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Absolutely stunning. Being obsessed with the color orange, I can see how you couldn't get it out of your head. It totally "makes" the quilt!

Eileen said...

Wonderful vibrant quilt. Love the colors...that orange just jumps out and the quilting is great. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

cmvs said...

love it, love it, LOVE IT!

sewkatiedid said...

I love how the quilting brings it all together.

cinzia said...

just found my way over hear via pinterest...this is so lovely! And I love the story behind it. that's always the best part for me.

Debbie said...

I wanted to comment on an earlier post you had about hand quilting....I use those finger cots on my pointer finger to help pull the needle...it is a amazing how much less strain it has on your hands......love your work!!!!

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