Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Quilt for my Granny

This quilt is very dear to me.  It was cut and pieced by my mom and quilted and bound by myself.  We made it together for my sweet Granny.  

 It was intended to be a Christmas gift for her, but the holidays were so busy with all the other making I had to do I set it aside and told my mom I'd get it finished and sent after Christmas.

I managed to finish it last week and got it sent off to her.  It was actually perfect timing as she had been very sick over Christmas and was in the hospital for a while.

My mom said she called and told her she opened the box while my Grampa was gone and was all snuggled up in it.  I'm so glad to have finished this for her.  I have a smile on my face thinking of her sitting in her favorite easy chair with this quilt draped over her legs.

Here's a close up of the quilting I did on it.  A new design to me but I had fun with it.  I have to be real though.  I completely dislike that you can see the quilting so much on the back.  Maybe it's more that you can see the thread color, not so much the quilting.  I know I'm being ridiculous about it, but it's just one of those personal quirks.  I don't like seeing quilting on the back.  

It looks wonderful on the front and everyone else that's seen it loves how the back looks so I'm not going to let it bother me.  I'm going to take the advice I often give my kids and "get over it". 

Anyway, it's finished.  It's lovely.  And it's in my Granny's hands.  I can't count this as a finish for 2014 though because I didn't actually make it.  I just quilted it.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

First Finish for 2014 & Fabric Fast Update

I made up this taggie blanket for a friend who is having her first girl in a few months.  She is emphasizing the princess theme and wouldn't you know it, I had this piece of princess fabric sitting right there.  Actually, all three of the fabrics in this were sitting together from a fat quarter stash builder set I'd purchased (don't worry, it was before I started my fabric fast).  

I have been collecting pretty ribbons for some time now and was thrilled to find a use for them.  I think I'll be making several more of these little taggie blankets.  Not only were they a breeze to whip up but they use a lot of my ribbon! 

The back is a soft pink minky.  I've had a bolt of this sitting around for a long time - like a few years - so I was pleased to use some more of that up.  I hope my friend loves it!

This little princess in glasses is my favorite! She's so adorable!