Thanks! Actually, I started it while I was pregnant, but Noah was born 5 weeks premature. I worked on it a lot while sitting by him in the NICU, and once he was released from the hospital I used to quilt over him while he napped on me
He's finally catching up to full-term babies and is way too wily to use sharp things around. It's a great problem to have!
Here is my first attempt at hand quilting. It took me ten months to make this for my baby, but I really had fun. Unfortunately I used flannel on the back. Although that made it nice and snuggly, it hides all the hard work
Also, this is the first time I've posted a project! Yea!
If you want this to last a long time, quilting would be preferable to tying. When tied quilts are washed repeatedly, they can rip around the ties I say go for it and quilt the thing.... it's a beautiful quilt, and wouldn't it be cool for him to look at it in 25 years and say, "my sister made this for me when I was in Iraq." It could last a century, and be passed down.
I love these fabrics so much, that if it was me I would add some solids and small prints to help highlight the other beauties. Another option is adding a plain-ish border around the center block to help offset it.
Jeez... maybe I'm too old, so take what I say with a grain of salt. You young whippersnappers are so daring and bold in your quilts!