Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Surprise Wax Print Quilt by Big Sis for Baby

Z makes a quilt for her baby sibling

So I was talking to my daughter on video chat (she'd been staying with my parents for a few days while I recovered from yet another bad cold) when suddenly she surprised me with a gift she'd been making for her baby sibling — a quilt sewn from scraps of African wax print fabrics left over from outfits my mom and I made for her (like this one).

I have to say I was a little stunned. I knew she was getting interested in sewing, but I haven't even finished making a quilt myself in years (though I keep meaning to before baby comes—we'll see).

Ms. Z of course had a lot of help from my mom (who is an expert quilter), but she cut out all the pieces herself...

Z makes a quilt for her baby sibling

... and arranged them into various formations for my mom to appliquƩ to the blocks. She also sewed some of the straight stitching lines herself.

Z makes a quilt for her baby sibling

She is so proud of herself, and I really can't blame her!

16 comments:

  1. That is so so super cool! I would be such a proud mom right now. You must have been such a great inspiration and teacher for your daughter to carry this off. Props go to Grandma too! Grandmas are the best! I learned to sew from mine too!

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    1. I am a proud mom for sure! And I learned a lot about sewing from my grandmother as well (my mom's mom) so it's so fun to pass on a family tradition.

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  2. Z is super awesome! Lucky little sister/brother. You know, I have unfinished quilt here...

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    1. Ha, maybe bring it to next sewing club and she can help you? I have an unfinished quilt that I started when I took a class with Denyse Schmidt years ago... maybe she can help me too.

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  3. Wow! That is really cool. It's great to have a mom and a grandma to encourage creative sewing. And I'm glad you got to rest up and get over your cold. What a great surprise!

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    1. My mom really is the best. I am finally recovered I think, so hopefully no more nasty colds or sinus infections before baby comes.

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  4. Okay. I cried a little. What a thoughtful girl and mom you have! They made a gorgeous quilt.

    Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Definitely feeling better, and seeing this gorgeous quilt definitely did not hurt! I am hoping this is a sign of how excited she is to be a big sister, as I'm definitely worried a bit about jealousy... she's such a mommy's girl.

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  5. Wow! Kudos to Z and to your mom! That's a lovely quilt and it's full of great memories! I'm sorry to hear that you have been ill--I hope that you get better soon.

    Rose in SV

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  6. That is beyond amazing. What a TALENT! (And your mother's not bad either.)

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  7. That is such a great project/present! She looks so proud of it, and everyone will cherish that quilt down the road.

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  8. This is so, so sweet!! What a wonderful project for them to do together and for her to give the baby. The quilt is quite pretty too, she's right to be proud!

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  9. Holy. Cow. This is the best thing ever! I'm all teary-eyed reading this! How sweet!

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  10. WOW. That is the sweetest thing ever. And look at her go! She is so talented!!!!

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  11. Z is just the coolest! What an awesome, awesome gift!

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  12. I think this is such a sweet thing for a big sister to do!

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