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.

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