Monday, December 20, 2010

catching up

Last week I finished some handmade gifts that I can't show yet, and one that I can. Here's Grandma M's quilt:
finished shirt quilt
and the back:
shirt quilt back
I know I've shared some of this before, but here's the story behind this quilt, really quick. My husband's grandfather died in March 2008 and when his grandma was giving some of Grandpa's clothes to him and my boys, I offered to make a quilt using his shirts.

I got a bit sidetracked along the way--it's been nearly 3 years--but the quilt is finished and she'll get it on Christmas. I really hope she likes it. I started out with these somewhat modern quilt blocks and part of the reason the project sat for so long is that I wasn't sure she would like it. I showed them to a friend who told me to just continue and finish the way I'd started, and I'm glad I did. I chose a more traditional floral fabric for the back and hope she'll like that as well. I didn't buy quite enough fabric for the back (by accident/bad memory) and that's why I added the big square-in-a-square block.

I also got my daughter's Christmas dress finished this past weekend (quilt made by my friend Lorilee):
Christmas dress front
The pattern is from Ottobre 1/2007, #6. I made it in size 80 with 86 length. It's too wide for my skinny girl, but it will be ok. The fabric is embroidered black mini-cord from Jo-Anns. Here's the back:
black jumper, ruffles on back
I'm glad the ruffles show up in this picture. I think they're really cute! The black fabric was a bit of a challenge to work with, especially when I was undoing stitches that I couldn't see very well. I enjoyed making it though... it's nice to remember that making clothing is so much faster than making quilts!

Finally I wanted to show off this hat. It was given to me by fellow KCMQGer Julie, who brought it over to me and said she reads my blog (and had read about my hat making pursuits) and wanted my boy to have this. It didn't fit the oldest (HEED! Pants! Now! name that movie, anyone??) but it's perfect for my 6-year-old and he likes it a lot. Thank you, Julie!!


Tim said...

So I married an ax murderer.....

G-Pa Tim

kristin said...

There should be satellites orbiting around that thing!

Angel M said...

It's got it's own weather system! I loved that movie.

Clothed in Scarlet said...

I don't know about others but touching or wearing a piece that belongs or belonged to someone else brings me a feeling of closeness, comfort, warmth & being wrapped in their hug! Sooo I think grandma is going to like it:0) Loving the Christmas dress for your little bit too! Sarah

Dena said...

I know Grandma M is going to treasure the quilt you made for her. When my son was killed four years ago I had intended to make a memory quilt using his shirts, but sadly, I haven't had the strength to cut into his shirts yet. But when I do, I know the finished quilt become a treasured family heirloom.

Your daughter is adorable in her new dress and what a cute hat!

Patty said...

What a wonderful mnemory quilt. I noticed the ruffles on her dress right cute!

Leslie said...

i love so i married an axe children have that same head affliction(thank you husband)...the design you chose for the quilt is beautiful. i wanted to make quilts for my mom and aunts and uncles from my grandfathers clothes but they have not been able to give them up just yet.