An I Spy Quilt for Our Sweet Boy
Sue has called Dominic my sweet boy since the day he was born. Not ‘my’ in the possessive way (well, maybe a little) but more in a general way. She doesn’t mind sharing him with his parents, grandma, GG, and even me. It was always so great to see that as Dominic became more aware of people’s presence and departures, he would follow her leaving the room. I would always tell him she’ll be right back, and she’s going to say ‘there’s my sweet boy’. She always did, without fail. So without further explanation – that was plenty already right?! – here is the I Spy quilt for Dominic a.k.a. our sweet boy.
I Spy Help from Friends
We talked about making an I Spy quilt and then discovered we were woefully lacking in the necessary fabrics. What?? How can it be that with an ample stash we do not have more than 36 choices for an I Spy quilt? And that is with some duplicates, I might add. Thankfully, three quilting friends stepped forward, raised their hands and sent us some really cute stuff. Remember these photos from earlier this year?
With this help we were able to set about making a layout and even checking it for color placement and saturation.
I Spy Enthusiasm
Dominic’s dad has been fairly involved and enthusiastic about this project. We asked him if he thought the squares should have individual sashing around each block and he voted no. Then we asked if a Cubs square may be included and a definite N.O. was given so we avoided that whole topic by excluding the Brewers as well. We wanted the sport represented so the A’s were chosen, mostly because it was sent from a friend. ~smile~
Quilting I Spy
Not as usual for once, I did not have quilter’s paralysis for this quilt. I knew this quilt had to be quilted with a crosshatch design. Dominic looks so darn cute trying to pick up each diamond shape, and then trying a different one when he can’t get that first one. He even gives us a quizzical look and then tries yet a third diamond. Since we hate to deny him any fun (and there may be a bit sadist) the quilting commenced and was quickly completed. Here is a shot of the tape marking the first line of the second direction of the quilting.
And a shot of the binding being added last Sunday morning! I had to sew it on using Sue’s sewing machine, Lily. My Ellie the Elna was busy quilting something else and couldn’t be interrupted.
Final I Spy Thoughts
We loved every moment of making this quilt. There were no oops or darn its during its run. What did we use on the backing are you wondering? Why we used this adorable Spot fabric which makes this a two-sided I Spy quilt. Not only is Dominic a dog fan, like his Auntie Rose, but Spot finds himself with cute worthy items to spy. Don’t you think?
We will continue to make quilts for this sweet boy. I cannot wait until the time when he wants to make his first one, because I am confident he will indeed wish to!
Two final shots of the quilting and how the navy binding looks on both sides. Each time I study this quilt I see a new block that I hadn’t noticed before or remembered!
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