Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Lucy's Quilt

I'm a needlepointer
Not a quilter
But I think I've been around friend Nancy too much!
For I decided to make my First Grand Girl, Lucy, a quilt

Nancy was a wealth of information and I could not have done it without her.

My first note after talking to her read 7 x 9
I thought feet -- she meant squares
(she straightened me out when I talked to her later)
Thank heaven, time was limited when I went to buy fabric
and couldn't figure out how many yards of each fabric I would need for a 7 x 9 foot quilt!

But once on the right track
of needing 7 by 9 squares
And not only that but she told me how much yardage of each fabric I'd need!
(No figuring for me!)

I found some pretty fabric at Hobby Lobby,
I wanted something "classic", fit for a child but also for a teen or an adult
In other words, a quilt that she could have "forever"!

I cut and I sewed
I had batting and a back
I tied
I made a binding and sewed that on

And when Grand Girl Lucy came for Christmas

She had the quilt to sleep under

I chose green and yellow as the colors
because her room is yellow

But it's not a quilt to take home
It's a quilt to sleep under at Nana and Poppy's

Children like constants
And what better constant than your bedding.

The backing is a riot of pink roses with a yellow background and green leaves
It looks like a little girl's quilt!

The front is alternating squares of a sage green fabric with white dots and a yellow and white calico type fabric

The quilt is tied because that's what my grandma did
She always called them "comforts"
So I guess I made Lucy a comfort rather than  quilt!

 As is our custom, we read
'Twas the Night Before Christmas 
before we tuck the wee ones in bed
The book was bought for her Mom's first Christmas
and we read the poem even up through middle school
it was tradition!
Lucy was tucked in her bed and covered with her quilt
And then turned out the light so that Santa could come!

A tradition that Daughter Sarah started
Christmas PJ's
Christmas color rather than Christmas pictures
So they can wear them all winter long!

The quilt at Nana's was not my idea
Friend Martha Jane did that for her grandchildren
And I thought it was a super idea
So I borrowed it!

And yes, this year I shall make a quilt for Piper
Pink and brown I think
for Piper's room is a brown
And she looks like a pink girl!

With one quilt under my belt,
I'm assuming quilt number two
Shall be super easy!

Who knows, Nancy, I may even try my hand at a "real" quilt!


Anonymous said...

Wow Martha, I don't know how you find the time to do all you do. Such a wonderful story of the quilt.

Bernideen said...

What a darling tradition and something special just for "your house"!

Nancy Swanwick said...

A lovely quilt for a precious child from a loving grandmother. How could it be any better?

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The quilt looks great. Such a treasure. Quilts are comforting and artistic. A tied quilt works great. That's what my mom and aunt always liked to do.

MsGraysea said...

Hello Martha,
I have been reading your lovely blog for many years, and love the graceful way you share your life!! Being a quilter, I just had to comment on the quilt you made as a gift for Christmas. It is so beautiful and I love the way you linked the colors in the front and back. The yellow large flower print is so beautiful.
Congratulations on your beautiful work. It seems a natural drift to your lovely life.
Happy New Year,

Pat said...

What a lovely "gift" for Grand Girl Lucy!!!
I adore the floral fabric on the back!!!
Grand Girl Piper will love her quilt, too!!!
I think you've mastered another craft, dear friend!!!