Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Birthday Quilts

The birthday quilts are finished!
I actually got them both done
before our house was taken out by the plague of 2009
and before both girls' birthdays.
This was my
ridiculously over-ambitious
home-made birthday project this year.
I made each of my girls a quilt to snuggle under for:
oh who am I kidding,
to stay warm in our frigid family room during TV-time!

I have been saving baby clothes
and toddler PJs

with sentimental value
intending to make these quilts.
I can't believe
I actually got them finished before
the girls entered high school!
Mini-Saurus turned 2 last week and the Frog Princess turns 6 next week.
I went ahead and presented both girls with their quilts
on the same day
as soon as I finished them

since they had been watching me work on them in my art studio
and had been
not so patiently
waiting for me to finish them.

I will say that my sewing machine
did NOT like the
stretchy knit onesie fabric.
It loved the cotton from my fat quarters stash,
the flour sack dish towels
embroidered with tea cups
by my husband's late grandmother (a wedding gift I will always cherish)
the polar fleece footie PJ squares,
and the tea towels
embroidered by my own
dear grandmother

I had to wing the binding...
it certainly isn't up to my grandmother's sewing standards
but my kiddos don't seem to mind.
I used satin baby blanket in each of their signature colors
(Pink = Mini Saurus/
Lavendar = Frog Princess
to match their loveys.
I raided my button stash to tack the quilts.
The girls are having fun identifying the fabrics from
past outfits and pjs.
It's quite the trip down memory lane for all of us.

Now I'm thinking that I might make small
8x8 digital scrapbooks
to go with the quilts featuring photos of the girls wearing the clothing in the quilts
and stories behind them.
Shutterfly has a free 8x8 album promo
running between now and March 10th
(promo code: PHOTOBOOKS)
I just may have to take advantage of for this little addition to the quilt project!

The Frog Princess told me she'll
take her quilt with her
to the hospital one day when she has her babies.
She always knows just what to say to
make her mama's heart fill with love.
Of course, I have secret mommy visions
of the girls taking their quilts with them to college
to nap under in their dorm rooms
but, they'll probably be too cool for them by then.


michelle said...

They are fabulous! I love all the pink in them :)

Miko's Girl said...

This is amazing - you have reason to be proud of the job you have done. I'm in the midst of making a quilt for my youngest (http://inthemicro.blogspot.com/2009/02/quilt-for-my-little-girl.html). I wish I had saved fabrics from their clothes - it is something my grandmother did for her children. Alas, their clothes were passed down to cousins, a grandma at church who was about to be blessed with an unexpected grandchild, and my neighbor across the street. How did you do the satin binding? C is all about texture and would love that idea. Once again, congratulations on a job well done!!!

EntertainingMom said...

OMGosh! THose are wonderful and amazing and wonderful and amazing!!!

KC Mom said...

They are gorgeous...and priceless. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :)

Jennifer Cameron said...

What an amazingly special gift for your girls! If only I could sew...

Lynnie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those quilts!!! I too have been saving baby clothes. Selfishly, though, I was thinking of making the quilt for me and my husband since the girls sort of wore the same clothes and I figured that the clothes were sentimental to us, not them. But your kids look like they really appreciate and love their quilts! Maybe I'll have to make one for each girl and one for us, too! SO GLAD to have been inspired seeing this on your blog!

Dawn S. said...

Love this idea!

Cami said...

Thank you for your post. I have been looking for something to do with my little girl´s baby clothes. I just can´t get rid of them. It made me cry when I read what your daughter told you- that she would take it to the hospital when she has her own babies. What a beautiful and touching thing for such a young girl to say. Thanks again! Cami

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