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Granddaughter’s Quilt Progress

IT’S DONE!!!  My grandaughter, Victoria, asked me last year to make her a quilt for Christmas.

Our 21 year old granddaughter!

I finished the quilt today!!  I’ll get it to her sometime this week.  It usually doesn’t take me a year to do a quilt because I have a friend that quilts and binds it after I do the piecing.  My friend isn’t doing it anymore so I completed it all by hand.  Thank the good Lord it was a simple quilt.  The following is a place in time for my quilting adventure with my granddaughter:

Victoria was so excited that it was completed that she stopped by and had supper with us so she could take it home.  It thrills my heart that she wanted something that her grandmother made with her own hands just for her!!! 

Maybe now I’ll complete the other two quilts I started a couple years ago!!  Stranger things have happened!!  🙂

Jennie’s Christmas Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in November I had asked my son for some ideas for his fiancée and he told me she love hand/homemade.  I knew she love green because she is a true Irish lady.  So I decided I would  piece together a quick quilt for my soon to be daughter-in-law, Jennie Olera Malone.  I knew I didn’t have much time to make a complicated one so I chose to do a simple stripe of most of the green fabric I had on hand.

I called a friend of mine that does machine quilting and asked her if we had time to get this ready for a Christmas gift and she assured me it would not be a problem.  She said if I had everything to her by the second week of December we would be in good shape and she would have it back to me by the week before Christmas.

I pondered over the look of the quilt to be pieced and what to use for a backing which I knew would have to be ordered.  After deciding what I wanted I went online to Joann’s thinking this would be my quickest option and should have it by the first full week of December.  WRONG!!!

I placed the order online on November 28th and didn’t get a confirmation until December 4th.  It was to be shipped FedEx from Michigan, okay this will work coming FedEx.  Long story short the fabric arrived on Christmas Eve and we had our Christmas get-together on Saturday before Christmas.  I took a picture of the pieced quilt and put a note with it in an envelope for Jennie under the Christmas tree.  This was not a very good first Christmas from the Caldwell family to her but I think she understands.

These are some pictures I took of the finished piecing and the quilting is underway at my friends.  I’m hoping Jennie will like it when she FINALLY receives the gift.

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (2)

I pieced the quilt with light and dark green fabrics.  It’s made to fit a king-sized bed with hangover on the sides and the length will hang over about a foot with room to tuck in pillows if she likes.

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (4)

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (5)

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (6)

Jens Christmas Quilt 2015 (3)

The backing will be solid and quilted with ivy quilting.  It’s also the fastest quilt I’ve ever put together.  I’m hoping to make everyone in the family a quilt this winter.

I’ve learned a great lesson from this.  I will not order from Joann’s online again but go to the store  and I will definitely avoid FEDEX!!

 

Christmas Gift From Dean

I wanted to share with you the gift that my younger brother made me for Christmas all by himself.

My homemade Christmas gift from Dean for 2015.  He was so proud of it but not near as proud of it as I am.  You just can't beat handmade!

My homemade Christmas gift from Dean for 2015. He was so proud of it but not near as proud of it as I am. You just can’t beat handmade!

Clear ornament with mini red pompoms in the ornament and a ribbon tied on the hanger.

Clear ornament with mini red pompoms in the ornament and a ribbon tied on the hanger.

I think someone helped him write 2015 on the outside with a silver marker.

I think someone helped him write 2015 on the outside with a silver marker.

I’m so proud of it that it’ll probably be displayed all year!

The Gift That Guilts Me

Do you ever get caught up in something that you just can’t seem to stay away from and then it seems to take up all your “free” moments???
My hubby got me an Android tablet in 2013 for my birthday and I’m absolutely addicted to it.

Android Nextbook 2013

Android Nextbook 2013

So much so that I’ve neglected my blog and my quilting and my HUSBAND.  We watch TV together at night but now I read while he watches TV.  Android is the name of my “kindle” and I add new books to it every week while my “paper” books are gathering dust on the shelves upstairs.

Easy to charge and quick.

Easy to charge and quick.

There's over two hundred  books on it currently.

There’s over two hundred books on it currently.

Thanks hubby for my wonderful gift and I’ll try very hard not to neglect and ignore you from this moment on.  I’ll also devote more time to my blog and my quilting before I forget how!!!

Hyder Baby Afghan

 Soft chenille yarn

Soft chenille yarn

We’ve had three babies born in the past year in my office.  Two girls and one boy and the first two received a baby quilt and I just finished the baby afghan for the last one born.  I thought I would share how I made the afghan.  I chose a chenille yarn by Bernat yarn in pastel colors,  size F crochet hook and four skeins of the yarn.  It’s a very simple pattern using a single crochet stitch throughout and I think the chenille yarn will make a really warm blanket for the baby.

1/4 complete

1/4 complete

I got it almost done and decided to check it for being squared and had to pull 1/2 of it out and start again.  It’s going to be such a warm blanket for the baby and just in time for cold weather.

 

Single Crochet - four skeins

Single Crochet – four skeins

 

Finally done - 32 x 45

Finally done – 32 x 45

The second time around went much quicker and I hope the baby enjoys it for a long time.  She’s four months old but I think it should still cover her on long winter nights.