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Jun. 22, 2009 3:55 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2013 9:34 pm


It all began almost 2 years ago.  My oldest daughter and her husband informed us that they were expecting their first baby!  We were overjoyed.  Soon after, Daughter #2 was home for a visit so we hit the fabric store, anxious to pick out "Classic Pooh" fabric for the baby quilt.  Now, it can't look tooooo girlish, just in case it's a boy.  *sigh*  But I WANT a girl grandbaby!!  Okay, we picked out colors that would work either way.  No "Classic Pooh" fabric, but muted colors/modern Pooh will have to do.  So the journey began.
 
I knew it would be a challenge, because, well, I am slow when it comes to making quilts.  Just ask my sister-in-law.  I started one for her first daughter, who is about 29 years old - no, I haven't finished it!!  But I was determined THIS quilt would be ready in time.  I don't really have a sewing room; it doubles as the guest room and family TV/game room.  That's okay, I will make it work.
 
Fast forward to several months later when Daughter #2 came home for another visit.  "Mom, how's the quilt coming?"   ..."Um, real good; I have a very good idea in my head how it will look."  (!!)  She wasn't surprised.  Now I was ispired.  So, before she left, I had the fabric washed and ironed.  I laid it out and analyzed the beautiful Winnie the Pooh print, with many repeating scenes of Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eyeore, and Rabbit.  "Hmmm...  the scenes aren't all the same size.  How will I make them all fit in a quilt?"  I had to go to my special thinking spot (the computer in the sewing room).  Think, think, think.
 
Fast forward to the next visit by oldest Daughter.  "Guess what, we know what we will be having!"  We got to see the ultrasound pics.  Okey Dokey, if you say it will be a girl, I believe you!  How can they REALLY tell anything by those pics?!  So, it's great news.  I can make this quilt as girlish as I want.  No more need for delay, just to be sure on colors.  Yay!  But, I don't trust the technology - so just to be on the safe side...  we'll keep the fabrics we have.
 
Now, fast forward to next visit by Daughter #2.  She didn't ask.  But, I was able to tell her of my progress.  After many hours of deliberation, I had figured it out.  With her help, I cut up left-over cereal boxes, granola bar boxes and Stove Top boxes.  With pencil and ruler in hand, and the "Pooh" fabric laid out on the dining room table and cutting mat, I went to work.  I measured the scenes, adding in seam allowances.  I then cut out cardboard frames exactly one inch larger than each scene, then cut out the middle of the rectangles leaving a one inch border.  Viola!  Now I had templates to use in cutting out the scenes, including their seam allowances.  Oh my goodness.  There were 10 scenes I wanted to use.  This will not be simple.  Have to think some more...
 
Early in May of 2008, we got the call.  "Mom, we are headed to the hospital.  Don't rush, the contractions are far enough apart; but it's time!"  So we hopped in the car, and made the 4-5 hour drive in about 3.5 (yeah, I was driving!).  Got there just in time for mom to get in to the delivery room and assist son-in-law and Daughter #2 to 'help' her.  Oh, there are just not words to describe seeing a little human being coming in to the world.  Awesome doesn't even do it justice!  What a miracle of God.  And she was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen, next only to her mommy and aunt!   You can bet there were cute little Winnie the Pooh gifts, many of which were brought and given by the proud grandparents!  But, alas, not a Pooh quilt – yet.  But I was once again inspired!!

Fast forwarding again, it is almost Christmas, 2008.  Both older daughters are home visiting, and we are talking about the darling little girl who will be opening her very first Christmas presents soon.  "So Mom, will one of her presents be a Pooh quilt?"  Laughter.  *LOL*  Lots of laughter!  But you know, I think I could get it done in time!  So, we make another trip to the fabric store; I need inspiration.  New thread, a couple of really cute little buttons to accessorise.  Back home, "now, how am I going to make these different sized blocks work?"  Think, think, think.  "I know, different sized borders."  So, once again, out come the paper and pencil, ruler, and the stack of scenes.  I do the math (ouch!  Math is hard).  Finally…  The house is quiet and I lay out the solid colored fabrics and get the strips cut to border each Pooh scene.  Blue, green, pink (well, not super pink, just sort of muted pink).  And the scene blocks are completed.  Not all the same size, but pretty close.  Now all I have to do is put them together.  But wait!  How about solid colored blocks in between the scenes, where I could embroider her name, birthdate, etc.  and some little bees flying around?  Well, why not - it's already this late.  I bet I can have it ready for her first birthday.  After all, she wouldn't have enjoyed it as a newborn anyway.  Now she is old enough to really "see" it and get excited about Pooh, right?

We made the trip over the mountains, to our very first "Grandbaby Birthday Party" earily in May.  She wasn't yet walking, and the weather didn't cooperate for the party at the park, by the lake.  Back at the house it was warm and dry, and we all crammed into the little house for birthday cake and the grand opening of presents.  A handsome array of cute new technology in toy form, and many sweet little outfits and fun "one year old" gifts.  Not a quilt in sight.  Hmmm...  But it's coming right along.

"Oh Bother"  Summer is here and it is too hot to sew.  Wait!  'Tut-tut, it looks like rain!' ...Stay tuned for update...  Her momma has a birthday coming up!!  Maybe this grandma will be infused with Tigger-like energy, and get this thing 'all sewn up' soon!

My beautiful granddaughter!
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Comments
Jun. 23, 2009 5:21 am
Ha ha! Boy, do I know how you feel...i had big plans for my daughter's quilt, but I suppose it will have to wait for her high school graduation (um, she will be four next week...) We went with the Pooh theme in her room too, but it's slowly being replaced by princesses....I like Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore better! ;)
 
Jun. 23, 2009 5:37 am
What a cute story! And I can totally relate. I love to craft, but big projects always take me forever. I've been working on crochet granny square blanket for my hubby that I started back when we were dating... at least three years ago!
 
Jun. 23, 2009 8:12 am
Ah, well, I guess we have to say 'never give up hope'! That's what I love about quilting and crocheting, you can always pick it up and keep working, little by little! Christine, my daughter said she liked the Pooh theme, but also wanted to have Beatrix Potter in there as well; all nicely muted pastels so they do go together well. I'm sure the 'Princesses' will start making their way in soon!
 
Jun. 23, 2009 8:26 am
Wow.....way to drive home a point. (as I sheepishly hang my head in shame). I learned to quilt about 20 years ago and have made a few in my day. When my youngest daughter was born, 15 1/2 years ago, I bought everything to make a sweet baby quilt for her. Well because she was the youngest of 4, and life just happens, the fabric was put away in a drawer and left there. 2 houses and moves later, we fast forward to a couple of months ago when the AR quilt project was born. Sure, I'll jump on board, I haven't done a square for a long time, I'd like to get back into it. So, ta-da.....I did one. All the while, the fabric is still in the drawer and waiting patiently for me.
 
Jun. 23, 2009 8:33 am
Haha! I know what you mean. I kept thinking "if I do a square for the AR project, won't that be, like, cheating? I haven't finished the baby quilt yet!! Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound! Avon, we will both get our baby quilts done, you'll see!
 
Jun. 23, 2009 8:48 am
Just curious... I went back to edit something and now my blog shows up twice. Does anybody else see it doubled, or is it just on my computer? Strange, I've tried to delete the extra posting, but it won't let me. ugh!
 
Jun. 24, 2009 1:30 am
Thanks Deborah! Yeah, I had to delete it and re-post in order to get rid of the double stuff. Someday we should compare fabric stashes! She is a sweetie pie, for sure. :D
 
Jul. 1, 2009 8:55 pm
Glad I found this blog - cute! And so is the grandbaby..
 
Jul. 2, 2009 9:22 pm
Aw, thanks! So glad you 'stopped by'. She is a cutie, can't wait to see her (and her momma and daddy!) over the 4th. Enjoy the holiday...
 
Aug. 4, 2009 2:24 pm
She really is a remarkably cute baby (fourth only to my three granddaughters!). Seriously, many little babies aren't really very cute (shhh! I hope no mommies are listening)but she really is adorable!
 
Aug. 5, 2009 10:45 pm
Ohhh, so sweety. Allah saxlasin!!!
 
Aug. 11, 2009 9:14 am
Very nice story, I enjoyed reading this! I can totally relate to things being "pushed" back for whatever reason (; Your grandaughter truly is a beautiful baby!!!
 
Sep. 19, 2009 1:45 pm
Thanks Irana and Cyndi! Glad you liked it. I have to say, oldest daughters birthday is in a couple of weeks, and what did she get for her birthday? ... Sewing tools for making a quilt! But then, my momma got me sewing tools to get me started. Alas, I wish there could be a "Pooh" quilt, ready for her birthday. Still hoping to get it done!
 
Sep. 19, 2009 1:46 pm
Thanks Janet! We think she is pretty much the cutest baby around :D I know what you mean. But then, no mother can think her baby isn't cute!
 
Sep. 30, 2009 6:23 pm
Beautiful little girl! My son is expecting our 1st girl in Jan. and Thanks for the nice review on my refried beans recipe. God bless!
 
Oct. 3, 2009 2:01 pm
You're welcome Buffy, they were delicious! I find myself wanting to make them at least once a week. Also, congratulations on the soon-to-be granddaughter. They are special beyond words, be sure to share pics with us! Bless you right back. :)
 
Oct. 25, 2009 9:21 am
Well, I finally realized you'd blogged! I can totally relate to what you do (must be why we can relate so well). I have English smocking dresses from when my niece was a toddler that I just need to put on buttons & sew the hem. She now has a preschooler of her own!
 
Nov. 10, 2009 6:11 am
Well, hey stranger! Glad to 'see' ya here. Wow, you will have to teach me how to do smocking, I admire it so much. And, nothing wrong with finishing those beautiful dresses for your niece's little girl, right?
 
May 3, 2010 12:37 am
DECAF - I don't know if you ever check this. I obviously haven't been all that good about checking mine. I saw posts you left for me while I was on hiatus. Last night, I Googled an AR member's name because I was trying to find a particular post they had been on. Through divine intervention, one of the first posts that showed under THEIR name was a birthday post YOU did for ME in August. I was around in August, but I somehow never saw it. Now I have. I just wanted to thank you for all you do and who you are. You're a good person. Sometimes I miss the cozy old days when you, wifeyluvs and I would hang on the latenight exchange. Just the wee 3 of us chatting it up in the quiet. I hope you're doing well and that Miss Kahleia is visiting you often. Lots of love, Sunny ♥
 
Jun. 29, 2010 9:33 am
Aww, Sunny - thank you! I remember the old days too, and miss them. Glad you found the blog, I don't come on here all that often anymore but I want to. Just too busy! Hey, you'll have to get a Facebook and we can chat all the time! Thanks for stopping by, and glad you saw the birthday wish. Almost time for another one, eh? :D Love ya lots. ♥ DECAf/V
 
sonoko 
Jun. 8, 2013 9:34 pm
This is "Daughter #1" How's that Pooh blanket coming? ;) Love ya
 
 
 
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Well, it's official, now a half century old-hoping that some day (when I grow up, Lord willing) I'll be able to cook as well as my grandmas did! Am blessed with a great hubby who is very supportive of my cooking experiments, and is quite creative in the kitchen as well when he’s up to it. Also blessed with 4 lovely daughters, (2 in the nest, 2 out) each with distinct culinary gifts of their own. While mealtime in our home is about anticipating good tasting sustenance, it’s much more about enjoying the antics of the family! Dinner time is our favorite time, when we can share in each other's day and be a family. In years past I used to spend hours creating in the kitchen when children were small. Now, being a working, home-schooling mom there’s not nearly as much time as I’d like. I love this website, I’m re-inspired to get back in the game! Also love quilting, rubber stamping & miniatures. I love the Lord and am very thankful for all He has done for me. decafinnw atyahoodotcom
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making anything Mexican or Japanese, and like finding creative ways to use what is on hand. I guess my specialty is Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and gravy. But the gravy must be classic 'roux' based, or it's not gravy! I like the traditional meals, but also enjoy trying new variations. I seem to have a little too much fun creating my spaghetti and my chicken tortellini stew! Would love to become expert at baking. Time, where is the time?! But now I have a Kitchen Aid! (Eggplant color, if you please) so no excuses left.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our favorite traditions are getting together with extended family for the holidays, and making a huge meal to share. Not always a turkey and trimmings, but always special. Love trying new things! This past Christmas we did a prime rib-type dinner, and even added broiled lobster tails! Yum. Last year, we enjoyed the company of a wonderful little guy "Tony"; the awesome Italian chef touring the North American continent via U.S. Mail - compliments of Michelle J. He was so much fun! Cooking just won't be the same now without him. Thanks Michelle!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the 'Thanksgiving turkey whole meal deal'. Love making it, from the big bird right down to the cranberry salad! Good thing we don't eat like this every day! Some say I make a mean chicken enchilada. Love makng chiles rellenos. And then there's my special 'chicken, brussel sprouts, tortellini stew'.
My cooking tragedies
Naaaah! let's not go there...Too many! Well, okay; here's a laugh... about 15 years ago, spent a whole Saturday cooking down chicken bones, veggies, seasonings, etc. making a wonderful stock. Went to strain it to use for some soup, and - you guessed it, strained it right down the sink. Now I can laugh, but not very funny at the time! Most recently... still trying to master yeast rolls. Can you say 'hockey-pucks'?
 
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