Liam's quilt is done! And I'm so glad I asked for ideas for the binding. 'Cause I had nothin'. I really took my time trying to picture them all, but in the end it was Janica's suggestion of brown that got my wheels turning. I thought at first about a woodgrain print, and then found a light and mid-tone brown striped shirting at G Street Fabrics. I turned that into what felt like 463 yards of binding for use on the quilt and later on the bumper.
And here's the binding at work! All quilted and bound!
Liam's parents have pretty classic taste, and I think the binding fabric choice worked well with the blue and white pinstripe fabric in the quilt. It's slightly different from the linen, but not so different that your eye is drawn to it first. And not so similar that it's a bore.
Not a bore, but still a great place for a snooze?
I really love straight-line quilting, and especially for a boy quilt.
Here's the back side. Mostly Kona White with three little dog houses and four little dogs.
My favorite little finishing touch-- hand-stitching a printed grosgrain label that says "Just for Liam" and a little red ball just like the ones in the two doggy prints. I've got more to tell you about these labels on Wednesday.
I haven't updated you on Liam himself in a while. He's growing and changing like crazy, like newborns do. Tomorrow he'll be three weeks old already. He has gone from a super complicated breathing support machine to a less complicated breathing machine and now to just a little supplemental oxygen under his nose. He has just started drinking from a bottle and is getting lots of "kangaroo" time with mom and dad-- which means that mom and dad are beside themselves with excitement over how far they've come and finally being able to hold and care for him. NICU doctors don't like to give timelines or make promises, so there's no clear plan of when he comes home yet-- but Liam's certainly been doing his part to get stronger and ready to head home. Liam's mom sent this photo for me to share, and thanks you for your thoughtful comments and prayers. (It's his worldwide debut! Check out all that hair!)
There's not much that I can say to follow a photo of Mr. Miracle. So I'll just say I'll see you back here Wednesday. Aaaaaah, I'll never get tired of looking at that face.