Sunday, August 26, 2007

Grandma Wagner's quilt is done :)

I hope you all had a nice weekend. It sure went by fast for me though :) What else is new though right? Weekends are never long enough. My husband was out of town to Connecticut for 3 days this week, luckily I had mom here to keep me company. I got quite a few things done this weekend, which was really great. I was happy that I did. I have felt like I've fallen behind since I was sick for a week this month. I gotta keep up my momentum!
This is Grandma W. with Jessie taken in 2005.

My Grandma W.'s quilt is completed as of last night! I am so proud of this quilt, because of who I am making it for. My Grandma is an amazing woman. She has worked hard her whole life. She has always sewn, and I grew up with her jumpers on, and her pillows and blankets. I was thinking of making quilts for my family and immediatley my Grandma W. came into my mind. I picked up the phone and called her sister, my Great Aunt Phyllis (who's next in line for a quilt) and started talking about Grandma. She said that she adores the teal color. I had already kitted up a Carpenter's Star quilt in the new Teal/Brown fabric lines you see out now. And knew that was to be for Grandma. I am so excited to be able to make her a nice quilt that I know she will appreciate and enjoy.

I used a nice flannel backing, and thick batting so it will keep her nice and warm.

Since this is nice and puffy, I knew it couldn't be quilted. So I borrowed Colleen's quilting frame to tie it. I fussed with the frame for a good hour and couldn't get my quilt tight enough. My mom kept commenting that a dime should be bounced off of it, and I couldn't bounce a cat off of it, so whatever :P I called Colleen, and she took a break from cleaning her garage to come and help me set it up. Within 20 minutes it was "like a trampoline!" in Jessie's words.

I finished tying it on Saturday night, and it's ready to mail off to Grandma in good old Wyoming!

I got some secret stitching done, my USEBB Halloween Exchange is completed now :) It turned out very cute.

Also I finished my Bent Creek August Snapper today. I liked this one... well of course I did it's red/white/blue and has a lighthouse! So cute.

It's getting too long to photograph all at once :)

Next in the stitching front will be Debby's NRR I got her pattern picked out, and my Autumn USEBB Quaker Exchange. I have some good ideas for the latter, can't wait to do it.

16 comments:

Michelle said...

The quilt is beautiful! Congratulations!!

Colleen said...

It was so fun to see how your grandma's quilt looks all finished! Thanks for calling me to come help. It was great to meet your mom, too. I liked her before I met her, because I figured she had to be great to have raised such a wonderful daughter. I think your grandma will love this quilt and that backing is so beautiful and so perfoect for the quilt. Your stitching is beautiful, also.

Today I splurged and bought a smaller Ott light with a magnifier on it. I think I'll be doing alot more stitching with it. I got a great deal on it. It was on sale for 40% off and then I used my School District discount and also had a $5 off your entire purchase coupon, so it turned out to be less than half off. It made it alot easier to justify.

So what's your next project?

Itching To Stitch said...

Gorgeous quilt. And your August snapper looks great ;)

bunnyhead said...

That quilt is just gorgeous. I know Grandma will adore it!

Marie-P said...

Your quilt is so nice! How thoughtful of you. It must have been quite helpful to have that frame to use!!!
Your Bent Creek looks great...you certainly have been quite productive!

Nicole said...

The quilt is absolutely beautiful!! I'm sure you grandma will love it! :) Your snapper is so cute too! I've always loved those! :)

Cathy said...

Heather - your quilt for your Grandmother is lovely. What a wonderful gift for her. You make suc beautiful quilts!

Glad to see you've been getting some stitching in too. Hope you have a great week!

Carol said...

Oh Heather - the quilt is gorgeous!!

Sharon said...

Fantastic quilt! Congrats

Cheryl said...

Oh wow, your quilt is just gorgeous! What a fantastic gift.
Love your stitching too :)

staci said...

You've been busy!!! Your quilt is beautiful--your Grandma will love it!!!

tkdchick said...

You should definately be proud of your quilt!

Great progress on your stitching projects!

Holly said...

Your grandma's quilt is lovely. And you have a frame - lucky you. I'm always bending over my work on the floor and wishing I had a frame.

I used to cross stitch a lot. I have a Christmas stocking that I started when my son was 3. He's 22 now and I still haven't finished it. If I start working on it again, then I'll have to make my daughter one and she's 20! hehe

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yay, another quilter in Portland!! It's a small world.

Leena said...

Heather, the quilt is fantastic!! I really admire your quilting skills, all the quilts you make are so beautiful! What a lovely gift for your grandma.

Dawn said...

The quilt is stunning!! I'm sure your Grandma will love it:)

Barbara said...

That quilt is so beautiful, and I just loved reading about your Grandma. :D