I'm happy to say I've finished a quilt for our new sweetie!
The baby shower had an owl theme, and the new mom has made lots of owl decorations for the baby's room. So, some owl fabric had to be found for the quilt. Brown and pink were the mom-to-be's request, and they look so cute together. The owls are grey, and I usually don't like gray and brown together, but I think this works.
|I think it makes a sweet welcome gift for baby Emma.|
Emma will be my mom's second great grandchild. She isn't able to quilt anymore, and hasn't, since she made Emily's quilt. That make us both very sad. I would absolutely love to share sewing days with her, swap blocks and raid each others stashes. I have hope that I will be able to do that with my own daughters, some day.
I have decided that the tradition of Grandma's quilts will live on. I will make a quilt for each of my mom's great-grandchildren, in the same pattern as the quilts she made for her grandchildren. Colors and fabrics will change, just as in the original 6 quilts.
I made the blocks in Emma's quilt a bit larger than the ones in my daughter's quilts. I wanted to be sure that the owls weren't too chopped, and I really didn't feel like fussy cutting to be sure I had whole owls. My mom hand-quilted. I'm not sure she ever machine quilted anything. Baby quilt, table runner, wall hanging, bed quilt...didn't matter, she spread it out over her dining room table and quilted in the morning, when the light was best. I am not much of a hand quilter. I find it extremely relaxing and rewarding, but I just do not have the time.
Even with a few differences, it's pretty clear that these quilts belong together. It makes me really happy to see them hung together like this.
My mom embroidered each child's name on their quilt, but didn't include a year or a label. I thought about adding those, but decided to stick with what she did originally.
|I think my niece must have done the stitching of Emily's name. Makes my heart smile!|
I had a lot of fun taking these outdoor photos. To the great embarrassment of my pre-teen, I lugged the quilts, camera and a bag of stuff I thought I might need around the yard, the cul de sac and (gasp!) even out of the subdivision! "Mom! What are you doing?! You are a crazy person! People will see you hanging quilts in trees!!!"
That's ok. I know my neighbors, and I am fairly certain that there are much more dangerous forms of crazy living in our neighborhood. And, if the neighbors wondered if I was crazy, then seeing the lunatic grin on my face as I hung these beauties up (seriously, SO MUCH FUN) surely convinced them. I'm OK with that!
Come on, baby Emma! We want to meet you, and your quilt is ready!
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