Monthly Archives: August 2012

Quilts for Kids

both together
Have you heard of Quilts for Kids? You can submit your info and they send you fabric to make into a quilt for them. They give to quilts to kids staying in hospitals. I love that.

You need to add your own batting and use your own thread. Then you make a friend to go with it, and you send them back.
Easy Peasy, right?
1 before front
I made this Katie Quilt from Missouri Quilt Co. I had a charm pack and went to town. I love this pattern! I will totally use it again in the future.
2 before back
Quilts for Kids asks for you to quilt them heavily. I’m not sure I’ve ever quilted so heavily before. I love the grid on the back.
3 before

4 before up close
This was my most favorite quilt to pull out of the dryer. It crinkled up beautifully.
5 after all wrinkly
I really love the way the stippled area crinkles. My husband even gets excited about it. He knows that the crinkles are good. He is a keeper for sure.
6 after all wrinkly
I had to hide some words in the quilting again. This one says “Love” in the top of the white shape. Can you see it?
7 after quilt 2
This was the quilt they sent me the fabric for. It went together quickly.
8 love
And again with some “Love”. This one reminded me of Jr. High bubble letters that I always hated so much. Guess I was feeling the 80’s when I was quilting it.
9 label
They even sent a label for me to attach to the kit quilt.

I’m linking up to Katie’s 100 Quilts for Kids flickr group.

Hugs and Kisses revisited

Remember this quilt?:

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I love my son’s little face peeking out over the top.

My friend commissioned me to make a quilt for her baby to be.

Her son Logan, is now 3 weeks old. I went over yesterday to see if I could get a few pictures of him. Mostly, I went to hold that sweet new baby. I am not a newborn photographer. But I have wanted to play with a baby for a long time. I did of course, play with pictures of my babies when they were new. But they are 10 and 6, so it has been a while.

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Logan stayed awake the whole time aside from the one below. I love the one above best of all. I think I like the conversion a little brighter, but I think it is still good.

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We were there for a little while and Logan decided to wake up when we were meddling with him and moving him around.

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I just love his little one eye. So cute.

It was super fun to play with him and hold him. My 6 year old was also really into holding and touching him. That is always fun to see.

My visit with my Grandma

Back in May, when I went to see my Sister for the birth of her baby, I was also able to visit with my Grandma. I think she is the neatest lady ever!

 

1 thimbles

She taught me how to make and do so many things. She has a wonderful thimble collection.

 2 names of thimble owner

She has teeny thimbles that belonged to her and her Mom when they were little girls. I think it is crazy to think that young girls needed thimbles at that age…and knew how to use them! Grandma has them labeled with the names of who they belonged to, written inside them. Such a great idea.

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Do you remember when it is all the rage to paint on saw blades? I’m not sure if it was just a Utah thing, or if it was everywhere. But it was really popular years ago. Of course Grandma’s painting was a snow covered wood scene. I have several of her snow covered wood scene paintings in my house.

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When I was little, My older sister and I got to go with her to some Tole Painting classes. I was the only child among lots of Grandma types. It was awesome! My Grandma is very talented with the brush and paint.

 

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We went down in the basement and looked through all her creations. I pulled some of the things up that I thought would be fun to take pictures of. She has stacks and stacks of paintings on canvas too. Her stairs are steep and I didn’t want to carry anything too big up them.

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She painted all these welcome pieces. The center oval changes out for each season.

 

 11 with Grandma

 

This is my most favorite place to be, with my most favorite person. We spent many hours on her front porch swing. We have been huddled under blankets while the snow came falling softly down. We have been out on a warm summer day, hoping for a nice breeze, watching the kids ride their bikes or play in the tree. My Grandma has a way of making everything magical. It was a great visit.

I gave my Grandma the Mellow Yellow Quilt.

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My Grandma and Mom were delighted. Grandma taught me how to quilt. We would piece quilts. But mostly we would tie the quilts off using the wood frames my Grandpa made for each of the families. Mom hand stitched a wholecloth quilt on the frame. It was beautiful.

 

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Grandma and Mom were looking at my points. They are pretty darn good, if I say so myself. They know what it is like to get the points to match up nicely. There are also secret messages quilted in the quilt. I love to do that. It is like my little way to say “I Love You!”

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I imagine my Grandma sitting on her front porch on cool days with the quilt wrapped around her. I told her she had to use it, and she had to take it outside. So glad to have amazing ladies who have taught me much.