Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Quilt Progress

My grandmother is making Mia's 100 Good Wishes Quilt. By the way, go ahead and click on the link there. Check out how my quilt blog now complements the main blog. Similar header but slightly different. See? See? Pretty sweet, eh? That's thanks to the wonderful Danielle.

Okay, let's get back to the topic at hand....

While we were visiting my grandma in Wisconsin we had a chance to check out what she's done so far. It's absolutely beautiful. And it's huge! We actually had to move furniture out of the way to try to get it spread out completely.

My grandmother is a prize winning quilter. No exaggeration. She's won awards, people. Even had her picture in the newspaper before. :)

She brought me all kinds of very elaborate quilt ideas when we were still in the planning stages of this project. I think she might've even been a little disappointed when I explained how simple I wanted to keep the design.

For me, the whole focus of the quilt was supposed to be each very special square of fabric. Not a fancy design. And certainly not a bunch of distracting border fabric. But to each their own. These quilts are going to be so incredibly important to our daughters someday. And each person's vision of what it should look like is different. It's a very personal decision. And there's no wrong way to design your quilt as far as I'm concerned. As long as you're happy with the end result.

I told my grandma I just wanted a simple block square quilt with no color on the front other than the squares. I chose a white chenille as the outer border. In between each square is white fabric with this dainty little print. It made me think of cherry blossoms when I first saw it. I love that it's not plain white but yet the print isn't very noticeable. Just subtle, ya know.

Now if you sent fabric but don't see it in these pics, don't panic (like I did. LOL!). My grandma accidentally left out a few squares. But she's adding another row onto the bottom with those. Plus the four corners of the quilt are my niece and nephews hand prints. And now that there's another little T on the way I wanted to include her as well. So we have to make another square for her.

Especially since she may be a toddler before Mia even comes home. Okay, that was supposed to be a joke. I guess it really wasn't that funny. But seriously... look at the ages on this quilt. Travis is almost 8 1/2 now!
Grandma is putting the quilt away until the newest little T provides her hand print. Then she'll start work on it again. I'm hoping that we can actually get the print done on the day she's born. Just because I think that'll make her square all the more special if it's dated with her birthday. But it'll take some planning ahead to get that done. I really, really hope we can do it though. Really, really do. It'd be soooo special. Just an amazing little reminder of the day she was born. Immortalized forever on her cousin's quilt.

(Hint hint Carla! Since you're due next month.... maybe you should gather the fabric square and the paint NOW and pack it in your "going to the hospital" bag. That is, if we make it to the hospital this time. LOL!)

22 comments:

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

absolutely beautiful! I need to get busy on maddy's. maybe that can be a winter project of mine.

Rhonda said...

Love it!

Lisa and Tate said...

How special Mia's quilt is made by her grandma-great!!! Love the design with the handprints... so very special!

Lisa

Janet said...

It is SO beautiful! And with so much meaning! A "forever" keepsake, to be sure!

amy said...

Awesome. I cant wait to start on LynnMarie's

Noemi said...

It is just lovely and even more special with Mia's Great Grandma making it!

Briana's Mom said...

It is truly amazing!

M&M said...

It is beautiful.

I see my square there!

~ Alison & Mali ~ said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt!!

Is that Elvis I see in the middle somewhere?

3D said...

That is lovely! I love the pattern. It is what I want whenever we get around to sewing our quilt!

Keep smilin!

Julie said...

Beautiful!

"M" said...

Very cool! It is such a special gift that your daughter will be able to cherish forever, especially that it was made with such love.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Love the quilt, Krista! Very simple with the focus on the squares. I also really loved the handprint idea -- I was going to try for four Chinese characters in each corner, but I can't seem to find anyone able to embroider those, so...

wzgirl said...

Oh wow, K!! That is really, really, really, really awesome. All of it - the simplicity, the special details, your grandmothers fingerprints all over it and the wee "T" finger prints as well. What a lovely treasury.

Daniella said...

Absolutely beautiful and so special.

Catherine said...

Beautiful!! I think the delayed referrals mean more completed quilts. Yours is very pretty...can't wait to see a pic with Mia sitting in the middle of it!

Anonymous said...

K!!! I'm such a dork. I still have the scrapbook page that goes with the fabric I sent. It surfaces every once in a while and then I put it away so it won't get bent. I promise to try to get your addy and send it next time it surfaces!!!!

Kimnlogan

Danielle said...

Thanks for the "shout out" ;)

The quilt looks great! I wish I knew how to sew! Grandma did a great job!

Shannon said...

Beautiful quilt! Love how you have the T's handprints. Extra special.

Debz said...

Beautiful.
I gotta get on track with mine.

Kayce said...

So beautiful! Now I'm inspired to pull mine out again and start working on it.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

The quilt looks great... take care