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.
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 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.
Sharing updates, on the quilts I’ve been entrusted to make or long-arm quilt, is one of the most exciting aspects of my job. The quilt I am revealing today was particularly special because I was commissioned to make it. If you are a quilter then you are well acquainted with the tremendous amount of money and time involved. After months and months of work I am very happy to report that the quilt was finally finished and has been delivered to the recipient.
What a pleasure it was to make. The quilt was made using the Yellow Brick Road pattern by Atkinson Designs with fabrics from Artisan Batiks. I covered the entire surface with a swirly long-arm stitch pattern. While I don’t have a photo of the entire quilt I do have several showing sections of the quilt. Here they are.
One more project off my list! Three Cheers! On to the next!
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.
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.