When grandchild #3, Miss E, was born, for a variety of reasons, this Grandma didn't make a quilt for her. Never mind that I was knitting her a blanket instead which shall we say is [ahem] still in the knitting bag unfinished. :(
With two more grandchildren expected late summer this year, it just didn't seem right that they got a quilt when Miss E hadn't received one yet.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for her and looked high and low for a pattern but was never totally satisfied with anything I saw. Well, lo and behold, earlier this year while I was sitting in a staff meeting at work, an idea took over my brain and I started sketching. One can sketch out a quilt design and continue to pay attention in a staff meeting can't they? Quite honestly, at that point it didn't matter and I didn't care. Inspiration had finally struck! By the time the meeting was over, I had a design complete with measurements!
I frantically worked to get it completed by her 3rd birthday in mid-April but couldn't quite make that deadline. I was however able to get it pieced and off to my long arm quilter friend before my surgery a couple of weeks ago. My friend was even kind enough to sew the binding on so when she returned it to me while I'm off my foot, I could hand stitch it down.
I sent it home with her Daddy today. What do you think? I think she likes it!
The only thing not on it as I haven't been able to sit at my machine is a label. Maybe she can bring it along to Grandma's house one day and I can add it. :)
Just out of curiosity...Do you label your quilts? Do you just sign them? or do you create a special label for the backs?
Also this is the first quilt I've used minkee for the backing and I love how it turned out. I mostly use flannel when I back a quilt. I like something soft on the back. Do you have a tried and true fabric type you typically use?
All in all, I'm so glad she likes it. :) Love this kiddo!