Shameless Bragging

Thursday, September 27, 2012 7 Comments »
Our newest grand baby arrived today, one day after her "due date".

Her name is Sophia Ruth Ojeda, and she clocked in at a whopping 9 lbs, 6 oz., and 22".  She is named Ruth after her great grandmother on her daddy's side.  Big sister Alma Eleanora is named after my mother, Eleanor.  I think it is lovely that both of them will carry a bit of their family history forward, don't you? 

You can tell that Miss Alma will be a wonderful big sister!

Anticipating #6

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3 Comments »
Daughter Kate and her husband Paul are expecting baby #2 at the end of the month.  She will be grandbaby #6.  As you can see, big sister Alma is already practicing to be a good helper when her little sister arrrives. 

I've made a flannel quilt for each and every grandchild.  Here are Owen's and Maddie's. They are just two 1.5 yard pieces of good quality flannel, sandwiched with batting, then quilted on my Bernina.  Nothing fancy, but perfect for wrapping around the stroller or throwing on the floor as a soft play mat.  They wash beautifully and wear like iron.  Alma's quilt wasn't as fancy because Kate and Paul didnt want to know their baby's gender, but this time Kate knows she's carrying a girl and requested a ruffle!

I like the flannel from Valori Wells -- such a whimsical print, with nice strong colors.  Right now it's called Petunia's Fancy because I've been calling this no-name baby girl Petunia.  I just know she'll love it!

BIG Pillows

Sunday, September 02, 2012 7 Comments »
My daughter Kate asked me to make BIG pillows for the reading corner in Alma's room last Christmas.  Her nursery was done mostly in fabrics from Kate Spain's Fandango line.  I got 24" pillow forms, then made covers using leftovers from her quilt and bedding; the backs of the pillows were made with fleecy fabric.
Alma is expecting a little sister in a few weeks.  So far, Kate and Paul have not divulged a name, however I've been calling her Petunia because I have to call her something.   Anyway, Petunia will take over Alma's nursery (and those wonderful pillows), while Alma moves into a nice, new room.  A nice new "puh-pull" room.  Actually the walls are light lavender, and the rug that is the focal point has eye-popping shades of purple, magenta, orange, green and teal. 
Time for some new giant pillows!   Back when Kate Spain's Terrain line came out, I bought several pre-cuts and some yardage in anticipation of Alma's moving into a big girl room.  The colors are absolutely perfect!  Here are the wonky-pieced tops for the pillows:
These are really big at 24" x 24" each.  They are pieced on a batting foundation.  I'm debating whether or not to do some loopy quilting on top just to keep some of those wider strips from shifting.  I have some nice, soft lavender fleece for the backs & will set them off with either purple or magenta piping. 
And yes, I've got enough to make Miss Alma a big girl quilt.   Kate's already picked Julie Herman (a.k.a. Jaybird)'s Off the Rail Pattern.  This will be one happy happy room!