Friday, October 9

in grandma's sunny woods

A couple of autumns ago while I was babysitting for my only grandchild, I snatched a paint sample from her bedroom which was being painted in preparation for the arrival of a new sibling. Tucking the sample into my pocket, a brisk walk a couple of blocks away took me to one of my favorite fabric stores.

Browsing the aisles lead me to the shades of green of my paint sample and the closest softest match was the fabric on the far right. Carrying around that bolt of fabric helped me to pick out several more prints that would blend well with my main fabric pick. In the end, I ended up with only four main fabrics with the middle two in the picture having a slight shimmer to them and the far left fabric serving as my backing.

Once back home I played with block making as I mixed and matched and cut and reassembled. Yet, nothing was coming together in a way I liked. So the fabric sat in a bag while my first sweet new grandson was born.....without a handmade quilt from his grandma.

Months later while digging through some other fabric, quite by surprise I ran across eight thin fuzzy light yellow flannel squares that my mom had cut. Finding them immediately gave ME warm fuzzies!

And that was the beginning of my first untraditional type of quilt. Many blocks
in a variety of the green fabrics were cut of the same size as the yellow flannel squares and my hands were busily laying them out and rearranging them until the sun was shining through my woods.

In the very center of the quilt, a sun was designed on the yellow flannel by hand stitches that radiated out from a heart. A heart that is a remembrance of this sweet baby's great grandma who had loved quilting AND babies very much.

The yellow-green fabric shimmered out the rays of the sun with additional hand stitching coming out from the sun as the rays filter through the woods.

In the far corners of the darker woods can be found small meadows to remind this sweet baby of the maker of his baby quilt.....

.....a grandma who loves flowers and butterflies and gardens.

With relatively little hand quilting which also made this feel like an untraditional quilt to me, I needed to add a tie or two of floss to add a bit more tradition in honor of the family quilters who have gone before me.

The backing held a special cross-stitched section with names, dates, and.....

.....important stuff like "made with love by Grandma".

And on a gloomy fall day in grandma's woods, here's the final result of grandma's sunny woods quilt which will snuggle a grandson *if* he's willing to give up the quilt he's been using in the meantime which is the quilt of his daddy that was made by this baby's great grandma many years ago.

To delight in the quilting handiwork of others, please visit Amy's Fall Blogger Quilt Festival and follow the many links. Or feel free to hit the link in my sidebar which will be good until the next quilt festival.





Thank you for stopping by to see my quilt.  Your sweet comments are much appreciated!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

42 comments:

ValleyGirl said...

Oh Tammy, what a beautiful gift! Not only the workmanship and artistry, but the wonderful message. I can just imagine your grandson curling up and wrapping himself in God's and grandma's virtual arms!

teachinmom said...

Pretty, pretty quilt! You are very talented.

Anne said...

Wonderful story of how you put together this quilt.

Sarah Dawn said...

A quilt wove with love. A tapestry for the generations. Simply a beautiful story.

Blessings to you,
Sarah Dawn

Kaye Prince said...

Absolutely beautiful and I love the story!

Mrs. E. said...

(smiling) Tammy. . .this is beautiful - the quilt AND the sentiment!

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Rhondi said...

Very pretty colors. Isn't it fun making quilts for grandkids?
happy quilting, Rhondi

Sara said...

Great quilt!

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Very colorful! thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt.

Melody said...

Sweet story & a nice quilt! Thanks for sharing.

littlewoodbird said...

Very creative quilt! Its lovely! Well made!

Lesly (aka Shadrach Meshach and Abednego) said...

That's a beautiful story, and a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

lovely greens! thanks for sharing!

Granny Lyn said...

What a lovely way to love a grandchild!! stories and warmth! as a Granny, myself, I love this...thanks for sharing!

Leslie said...

very fun...i love the greens!

Rene' said...

I love the quilt design and the green colors. Very bright and cheery. You can tell it is made with love. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

your design is pretty. i imagine a little one following that circle with her fingers. nothing better than being wrapped in love.

paula, the quilter said...

A beautiful quilt and a beautiful story. Thank you

QuiltSue said...

A lovely story about a lovely quilt.

Tina said...

I LOVE it!!!

Carin said...

Beautiful!

a little bit biased said...

Great colors and I love all of the hand quilting. What a special gift! It sounds like a lot of thought and love went into this quilt. Good job!

SewCalGal said...

Delightful quilt. Thanks for participatng in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Jane said...

Oh how special is this quilt! Great job and wonderful times ahead.

Serena said...

I love the all over pattern and color choice! Very pretty!!

Cindy said...

What a lovely quilt. The greens are so cheerful and the yellow flannel warms it up wonderfuly. I love the effect of the spiral sun rays from the heart in the center. Beautifully done - it will surely be loved to pieces!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great quilt! Great job.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Page said...

Aww, I love the story of how this quilt came together. What a blessing to have reminders of special people in his life.

Robin said...

Isn't it wonderful when inspiration strikes? What a special and beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing its story! :)

ChiGirl said...

YAY! I can finally read this post!! LOL As I type, your grandson is happily snuggled under is rays of Grandma love. :)

Love you, Mom! Thank you.

Pat said...

Love the color choice. The blending of quilting and tying is a fun way to give a snuggle!

Suzanne said...

Very lovely - what a special story :)

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Thank you for sharing Tammy! Your quilt is great, and made with lots of love!

Vivian said...

Such a great story, and the quilt is lovely.

ParisMaddy said...

Aw, so full of love and caring---a beautiful story and quilt.

Lisa said...

A beautiful quilt with a beautiful story!

Jeannette said...

Green can be a hard color to mix and match and your results are natural and inviting. It's lovely how you describe your process and meaning of the symbols you included. I am glad to "meet" you in your tender sharings.

Love 2 Quilt said...

Very lovely. I think your choices of greens are beautiful.

MARIKA said...

I like it the quilt very nice.
Marika

...dotty... said...

How wonderfully that quilt came together, combining generations of love being stitched into quilts to warm and keep.
Thank you for sharing the journey with me.

Ruth said...

Lovely story and striking design! How great that this is a new beginning in your quilting as well as in the family.

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