I finished Logan's birthday quilt last night and I've decided that I love it. I would have done a few things differently with the placement of the car fabric, but I guess that would defeat the attempt at "randomness" (the lack of symmetry bugs me a little, but I'm getting over it). So, despite the repetition of a couple of pieces, I've decided to love it.
Here is the back. I had plenty of brown minkee laying around and wanted to try it out on something bigger than the messenger bag strap. It's super soft and I think it makes a good quilt back by adding texture. But, of course, I couldn't just go with a solid brown back.
And can you tell what this is? (It's not a cat.)
How about if I turn it like this? I had a long blank rectangle that was screaming for embellishment.
Once again, I had quite the dilemma when trying to decide how to quilt it. I still haven't had the time to work out the use of my darning foot. But in honor of the geometric shapes that fill in the gaps between roadsters, I simply quilted lines at random angles. It looks a little messy in this photo, but I like it real-life.
I really wanted to bind the quilt with the same green that I used for the sashing. That color really grew on me. But I only bought a quarter yard and ran out well before I had to bind the quilt. So I was stuck with red, but I did manage to squeeze in a strip of blue and a strip of green on the sides. I'm surprised that I like it.
But the biggest surprise of all . . .
I hand sewed the binding to the back!!
Yes, I really did it. I can't believe it either. I thought that if I was ever going to try to hand sew the binding that this was the quilt to try it with. It is a lot smaller than a normal lap quilt so if I hated it, I wouldn't have to endure the torture for long. But I secretly enjoyed it. It was kind of relaxing and very satisfying. Hand sewing the back is so much neater.
I really hope the little man enjoys it as much as I do. I have visions of him requesting this blankie over his absolute-favorite-since-he-was-born blankie that a friend's mom crocheted for him. But that's asking a lot, so I will settle for a excited squeal and a hug when he opens it.