Miss Ava turned 4 years old this week. Her party was tonight. It just seem possible that it’s been four years ago already that Ava, our first grandchild, let alone a granddaughter, after having 3 boys was born. I can’t begin to express how much joy she has brought to her Grandpa and I. She is such a happy, loving child. It so makes my heart melt when she comes running towards us for a hug when we see each her.
I hadn’t talked about her gift here yet for two reasons,
1)I didn’t want her to know what the gift was before tonight (actually, I wanted it to be a surprise for Mommy too and Mommy is the one who reads me here) and
2) I didn’t have it completely finished until this afternoon! I am usually not a procrastinator but life has just plain gotten in the way of alot of things lately.
I found the idea for her gift here @ Pie Plate patterns. It’s called LuLu’s Yo-Yo’s. I called my version Ava’s Flower Garden as I didn’t follow the pattern closely plus I wanted to personalize it for our Ava. If you want to download the pattern, it’s FREE! How fun is that?
This was also my first attempt at free-motion quilting. So far not a fan but I understand it’s a practice makes almost perfect thing. I will need alot of practice if this quilt is any indication. ARGH! I can’t believe I have hair left!
Here is my version of LuLu’s Yo-Yo’s – Ava’s Flower Garden.
Miss Ava loves her American Girl dolls so I made her a matching quilt for her doll as well.
Ava didn’t have a bed for her dolls. I happened to mention in conversation to my friend, Shelly that I was possibly looking for a doll bed. I hadn’t found one I liked and thought it would have to come at a later time. But, lo and behold, this past Monday, Shelly called and offered me the one she had when she was a little girl! Wow, I was dumbfounded! We went to work on it with a saw, paint and new bedding. In rather quick order -- wallah, we have a bed for Ava’s dolls too! You rock Shelly!