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!