After I made the small quilt for my granddaughter, I knew I had to take the leap and make a bed size quilt. I had seen pictures of “I Spy” quilts for children and they looked like fun quilts to make. These quilts contain a collection of colorful pictures of items that children might like. Also, you could play a variety of “I Spy” games with these quilts. I made two of these quilts, one for Gavin, my grandson and one for Annika, my granddaughter. On each quilt I put two of each picture in random places so they could play match games in addition to the “I Spy” games. While these were much larger quilts they were not quite as large as one made for an adult would be. I was able to learn, when making these, that I could handle a larger quilt on my sewing machine!
|Annika's I Spy Quilt|
|Gavin's I Spy Quilt|
One of the next quilts I made was for my brother, Jerry. He had been diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma). He had been going through many different types of chemo and even a stem cell transplant. It was important to me to make him a quilt. He was able to use and enjoy his quilt for three years before he died. I have always hoped he felt the love that I put into it.
I also made a quilt for my other brother, Charlie. He has retired in Costa Rica now but luckily, I was able to take it to him while he still lived in Nashville.
|Chris and Kristi's Quilt|
Most recently I decided to make more grown up quilts for my grandchildren Annika and Gavin. (they are now 23 and 17)
In between all of these I made a few wall hangings, runners and a variety of other items.
|Chris and Kristi's Home Wall Hanging|
|Sean's Guitar Wall Hanging|
With the exception of a couple of small cat quilts (yes, made for my cats!) all the
quilts I’ve made have been for loved ones. After all, that was always my original goal. I have not yet made one for my husband and myself. Hopefully that will change this year as I hope to make one for us.
If you have stayed with me through both of these quilt posts - thank you! I do realize not everyone is interested in things like this but it is part of who I am and I wanted to share that with my friends in blog land because you are all important to me!
Oh, I also wanted to show you that I always have special helpers when I sew!
|Echo, a special cat helper|
|Willow, another special cat helper|