Mr. B’s Quilt is Finished


I’ve enjoyed making quilts for all five of my grandchildren. Some of them were simple quilts made from a single piece of fabric surrounded by a border. Those gave me a wonderful place to practice my long-arm quilting skills as well as being a cozy little quilt suitable for small hands to snuggle. My first three grandchildren were the recipients of those quilts.

After they were finished I decided to make each grandchild their very own lap quilt. Using the same pattern Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs I made five different quilts. These are the first four.

Mr Js Quilt Reveal
Mr. J’s Quilt Reveal

 

Miss L and Miss M with Quilts
Miss L and Miss M with their Quilts
Geometric Lines on Miss A's Quilt
Miss A’s Quilt

The fifth one was made for my youngest grandchild, Mr. B. With the help of Mr. B’s Mom we chose a color pallet of oranges, blues, white and black. Mr. B was born during the summer of 2016. Even though I started his quilt long before he was born, it wasn’t finished until many months later. Here’s how Mr. B’s very own lap quilt looked when it was finished.

Mr. B's Quilt Top
Mr. B’s Quilt Top
Geometric Shapes on Mr. B's Quilt
Geometric Shapes on Mr. B’s Quilt
Squares in Squares on Mr. B's Quilt
Squares in Squares on Mr. B’s Quilt
Crisscrossing Lines on Mr. B's Quilt
Crisscrossing Lines on Mr. B’s Quilt
A Look at Both the Top and Back of Mr. B's Quilt
A look at Both the Top and Back of Mr. B’s Quilt
The Back and Binding of Mr. B's Quilt
The Back and Binding of Mr. B’s Quilt
One More Look of Mr. B's Quilt
One More Look of Mr. B’s Quilt

Mr. B’s quilt was quilted with an off-white thread and a geometric stitch pattern. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. I just love the fabric colors and how the stitch design helped to acentuate their patterns.

My goal of creating a lap size quilt for each of my grandchildren is now complete! Who knows what is next.

Cindy Anderson

 

What Should I Pack


In a few days I will once again be packing for an adventure. The destination is my lcitw (little cabin in the woods).

The process of packing for these trips begins long before departure. Each retreat has a unique itinerary. This one will include time for playing with fabric.

Packing for everything but my sewing adventures is easy to accomplish because the list seldom changes. Packing for a sewing adventure is much more difficult; much more laborious.

Relocating my sewing studio from my spacious quarters in my home to my compact space in my lcitw takes a lot of planning. First on my list is deciding which projects to take. Once I have that narrowed down (do you really think that’s remotely possible) I can focus on gathering the needed gadgets and supplies. Just as with packing outfits for the trip, I almost always pack way too much.

Going with me on this trip are the commissioned quilts as well as supplies to create art pieces. The two commissioned quilts really need to take precedence. Sticking with that train of thought will be challenging but I will do my best to stay focused. Here’s a photo of the two projects that will definitely make the trip.

I’m over the top excited to be making this trip! Wish me luck!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Miss M’s Quilt is Finished


After months and months of work I’m happy to report that a quilt for Miss M. has also been finished. I’ve been busily applying finishing touches to as many of my own projects as possible. As is usually the case my things are set aside to make way for customer quilts. Miss M’s was one of those.

Delivery of this quilt took place on the same day and in the same fashion as Miss L’s. Miss M was of course over-the-top excited to receive her very own Nana quilt. After making the delivery her mother shared that she could be seen walking around the house with the quilt draped around her.

How special to have had the opportunity to make a quilt for her. I just know she will be thrilled with it for years to come.

Please enjoy the following photos

Miss M Quilt RevealMiss M

Miss M QuiltMiss M’s Quilt

Miss M Quilt BackThe Back of Miss M’s Quilt

Miss M Quilt Stitch SampleFlowers for Miss M

Miss M PillowSweet Dreams Miss M

Miss L and Miss M with QuiltsAll Smiles!

Cindy Anderson

Miss L’s Quilt is Finished


I’m very happy to report that Miss L’s quilt has finally come to completion. Many, many hours, loads of stitches and lots of love went into the quilts creation. If you are curious about the journey it took from start to finish you may read about it here, here and here.

With the quilt finally finished it was time to decide when and how she would receive it. I tossed around various options; then ultimately decided to give it to her before setting out for my Creating Free-Form Quilts retreat.

Plans were made with her mother to meet at a park. The “aledged” purpose was to enlist the assistance of my grandchildren to photograph what they thought were quilts meant for other people.

When I arrived at the park they were actively playing on the playground equipment. Once they discovered I was there they came running over to greet me.

The quilts were safely packed inside plastic bags secured with a fabric bow. Each quilt was carefully removed from its bag and stretched out on a bed sheet that had been placed on the grass. The sheet would protect the quilts from getting dirty.

My grandchildren, at this point, still had no idea they were the lucky recipients. As I snapped photo after photo I turned over one of the corners revealing a quilt label. The expression on their faces, as reality began to sink in, was priceless.

Of course each one of them was very excited to receive a quilt. There was one child that overwhelmingly expressed her satisfaction, and that was Miss L. I know this because her mother shared with me the comment she made as they drove away. Miss L said,

I always hoped that Nana would make me a quilt. She makes such nice quilts. :o)

How special to hear those sweet words!

Pictured below are photos of Miss L’s quilt along with a pillow that I made from leftover fabric.

Miss L Quilt Delivered

All Smiles!

Miss L Quilt Overview

Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt Swirls Swirls on Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt PaisleyPaisley’s on Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt FlowerA Flower for Miss L

Miss L Pillow

Sweet Dreams!

Cindy Anderson

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Mr. B


Last Fall we learned that we would once again be grandparents. We were overjoyed at the prospect of adding another grandchild to our family. Since I had made quilts for my other grandchildren it only seemed natural to plan and create a quilt for this child as well.

I chose the same pattern that I used for the other quilts, Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs.  The fabrics were a joint venture by my daughter and myself. This is what we selected.

Baby M Quilt

My intention was to complete the project before the new grand-baby arrived. I did after all have, give or take, eight months to meet my goal. Unfortunately, as the saying goes

the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry

Robert Burns

and go awry mine did. On July 6th our newest bundle of joy came into this world. While I am absolutely overjoyed that Mr. B has joined our family I am sad to report that his quilt hasn’t even been started. I’m certain though that the absence of a completed quilt from Nana has not even crossed his mind. He won’t even be able to acknowledge that one does or does not exist for quite some time.

Looks like I better get rolling!

Please give a warm welcome to my newest grandson Mr. B

Mr. B

Cindy Anderson 

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