Noah’s Guitar

I promised you a quilt post today — but even better — it’s a FINISH post!  I started this baby quilt in September 2010 (intended for baby Noah, who was then 2 months old) at a retreat.  When I unpacked after retreat, I put it neatly in a crate in my quilt studio until I could work on it again.  I went to work on it about three weeks later… and could not find the fabric or blocks I had started–anywhere!!  It remained lost for several months until one day I was looking for a particular stabilizer for a bag project, I pulled some out of a crate in my quilt studio, and lo! and behold!  The entire project was right where I left it. 

I finished the top at my retreat a few weeks ago, and I made the back there, but when I started basting the quilt layers at home, I realized the back was about a half an inch too narrow.  urgh!  Well, this was one cool quilt back, so I wasn’t about to replace it with something else…so I sliced it lengthwise, and inserted a 3″ strip of leftover fabric into the back:

I chose the Groovy Guitar fabric, because Noah is part of a family of musicians.  His grandmother provided the music for our wedding ceremony, his Daddy was in a local rock band, and also provides music at Church… Noah will probably know how to play a guitar by the time he turns 3 — a musically themed quilt was inevitable.  To quilt it, I started by quilting the large guitar applique from the back, in raw-edge applique and echo quilting…

As I continued quilting, I had lots of help.  This is Kato, who will put up with anything to be close to his people…

He eventually got pushed away tired and left, and then Maggy came by (to take advantage of the fresh quilt, not to be close to her person)

A little while later, I laid it on the floor to remove some of the basting pins, and I turned my back for three seconds… (he’s pretending to be asleep so I won’t disturb him)

Eventually I was able to finish the quilting, which turned out great, the guitar that is quilted from the back shows up from the front as contrast quilting, surrounded by medium sized stipple quilting:

And the square-in-a-square border and inner borders are quilted with straight line quilting:

No need to make a label, I just used the guitar opening to write my label on:

I always give myself a deadline on finishing baby quilts–the child’s first birthday.  Noah will turn 1 on Thursday.  I gifted it to him yesterday (but I was only three days early because I had it in my head that he was born on the 25th), happy mistake on my part…

This has to be one of my favorite quilts.  Ever. 

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20 thoughts on “Noah’s Guitar

  1. Love the quilt, love the cats!!! Your quilt turned out awesome…I can see why it is your favorite. I love how chose to quilt it, especially around the guitar on back.

  2. This is a nice themed quilt with good design and fabric selections. That guitar is so cool, Noah will love this one for a long time (as will the mom and dad!). I like the hole being your label, too. I have many times added extra width to the side like you've done, the quilt hums modern, Doris! Great job!
    The kitties are good company for a laugh, thanks for the share ~

  3. That is a fun, reversible quilt! And I love the sneaky look on the cow kitty's face when he's pretend sleeping (that's what hubby & I call B&W cats, they remind us of dairy cows; yah, we're a bit strange!)… Both of our cats gave the seal of approval on the quilt I was binding on Sunday – I just figure if a cat doesn't like a quilt, I have a MAJOR problem!

  4. This turned out so cool! I love the quilting you did to outline the guitar on the back, and the borders. And the stippling really finishes it off nicely. Such a great way to showcase that guitar print – well done!

  5. Oh, Doris! It turned out so great! I just love the quilting you did. And what a clever solution to the label. Just fantastic! I think it's about my favorite quilt, too. I really love how you did the back with that stripe. I think that adds so much interest! Loved your cats, too. What a riot. Well done!

  6. Oh, I love this so much! Can I just tell you how long I looked at that fabric for my son's quilt, but couldn't figure out just what I wanted to do with it? You are so clever!

    What a gift for this musical family. I'm sure they will treasure it always.

  7. this quilt ROCKS! (lol! i crack myself up!) really, doris, i can see why it is one of your favorite quilts ever. it's just stunning. you did a great job finishing it, too. i'm geeked that i got to see you working on it in person.

  8. So well done, Doris! That inserted strip, in the backing, worked perfectly, didn't it? It looks like it belongs there. Your quilting is great, and it's smart to make the guitar opening your label. You are just too clever!

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