I can finally share the BIG project I talked about back in October now that the gifts have been safely delivered.
When I was a little girl, my MaMa, who was an amazingly talented quilter, made each of the grandchildren a quilt. She and Nanny (her mother) were members of a church quilting bee and each quilt was hand stitched with love. Having that quilt reminds me of her and the many happy summers spent at her house. It's a reminder of the past and it gives me a sense of connection to her and simpler times when our family had not yet been fragmented by divorce.
I wanted the next generation -my kids and my brother's and sister's kids to have a connection to their childhood that will surely pass in a blink of an eye.... and the idea was born.
The project began with a baby gift of an heirloom hand-cut chenille blanket for my brother's baby Miss S. that was born in October.
Next, I made minky blankets with mitered border for each one of the grandchildren using this tutorial. I made them quite a bit larger than the tutorial called for and then appliquéd their names on the minky side. It was so much fun searching for fabrics that represented each of the kid's personalities. Not all of the blankets are shown, there were 10 in total.
This year is my Dad and Step-Mom's 20th wedding anniversary. I really wanted to make something special to mark the occasion. Then it hit me... I would take pieces of each one of the grandchildren's blankets and make a quilt for them. This was a very daunting task. I had never made a quilt before. I pressed onwards, finding this pattern and my confidence grew a little. I took my time enjoying the process. I even got a little cocky and pushed the envelope by making matching pillow shams. I couldn't be happier with the results.... Although I do recommended starting with a smaller project than the King Sized quilt I made - if it's your first quilting project.
For me, the smiles on the recipients faces is what life is all about. I dedicate this post in loving memory of my MaMa.....