If you read my most recent Friday Favorites post, you know I mentioned something big I would share with you today. It was the best Christmas gift I could imagine, but I promised to keep it under wraps for a little while. So, what’s the big deal?
I’m going to be a grandma!
My daughter and her husband told us during the holidays that they have a bun in the oven. In the two months that have passed since, my daughter developed a baby bump, felt the little one start wiggling, and we got to see the heartbeat on an ultrasound. The newest member of our family is due on August 26th, and we’ll get to find out if it’s a boy or girl on April 6th.
My husband and I couldn’t be more excited! He is a baby magnet, with an ultra-deep voice that rarely fails to calm an upset kid. That, and they turn him into a big teddy bear. I can’t imagine what it will be like with his own grandkid!
I already have a box labeled “Baby” in my sewing room. So far, it contains a panel for a baby quilt, a soft book panel, pacifier clips, baby hair clips, and a cross stitched design I made when I was pregnant with my daughter but never used for anything. I’m trying to restrain myself from making all the things, but it’s hard. Expect to see a baby project or two here over the next few months!
Their big announcement spurred me on to complete a project I had started for the kids last year. I had to finish it before I move on to baby stuff!
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Last March, another maker I follow on Instagram posted about a sew along she was participating in. It was started by Stitch Supply Co., and used the Village quilt pattern from Jumble, Miss Rosies Quilt Co. I saw info about it at the beginning of the year, but completely forgot about it until I saw her pics. Late to the game, I ordered the pattern. By the way, if you happen to make this one, also order the fussy cutting ruler for the doors. It made things SO much easier!
I had been wanting to make a quilt for the kids for a while, and this one seemed perfect. After some discussion, we decided to go with wood, rock, and brick for the houses, browns, black, and grey for the roofs, and fussy cut doors. There are doors here to represent many of their memories, likes, and fandoms.
We settled on white for the background, but after I cut all the pieces I realized that wasn’t really practical for them, and we switched to a medium blue. I kept the white pieces, and I’m hoping to use them to make a Christmas version at some point. I’d also like to add some trees, like modernmaterialgirl did.
Even though this started because I was going to participate in the #sewingavillage sew-along, I didn’t meet one deadline or post a single progress photo. In fact, after I cut everything out, it sat on a folding table in my sewing room for months while the world turned around it.
When winter came, and quilt weather hit, I started to feel guilty I hadn’t finished, so I started work on it again. When the pregnancy was announced, I was glad I had because I knew it would have gotten pushed aside yet again in favor of baby projects. It was really fun building the houses, and I even got a little creative with a few, like this fire in honor of my firefighter son-in-law.
I finished up the piecing, found the softest backing I could. This Cuddle fabric is called Red Fox and my daughter wants it sewn into all her clothes. This is what it looked like after quilting, which I LOVE.
I turned it over to Marie’s Custom Quilting and her long arm machine. She happens to be the wife of the instructor that my kids took karate lessons from for over a decade, so it was extra special for my daughter that she had a part in the quilt. We went with a free motion flame design.
My daughter loves their quilt, and I have enough of the soft backing left for a little one! 😊