Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Star Is Born

Last month when I visited my daughter and her family in San Diego, my granddaughter #3 wanted me to do a project with her. Her Mom and I came up with an awesome but simple quilt pattern. I found this pattern here. I cut the pieces from my stash and took them with me.

Last year when I was visiting I introduced Sierra to sewing on a sewing machine. She made a pillowcase. You can see that post here. She did so much better this time around. She says she was a little afraid of the sewing machine last year. I do believe she has gotten over that fear now. 
Sierra piecing her quilt.
Hair pulled back for some serious sewing.
Sierra sewed and sewed for about 6 hours straight. Then, finished up the next day. Here is her flimsy.
We went to Joann's so she could pick her own backing and binding. The fabrics she chose made it truly hers own. I did not give her any guidance in choosing. She had free rein. I love her choices. She picked a deep pink polka dot for the binding. She did almost all the pin basting herself. I told her to spread out her hand and put a pin where her thumb touched. She measured every time, too.

We had intended to tie the quilt with yarn. But, neither of us liked it. We didn't have much time and had no walking foot for her machine. So, I brought it home with me and quilted it for her. She did such a great job with the pin basting, there were no puckers in the backing. That's quite a feat.
The finished quilt.
Look how great those star points are. No flat ends for her. That is so awesome for a first time quilt piecer!

Close-up of quilting.
Because of my son being ill, it took longer to get it back to her than planned. She got it this week. She seems to be very proud of it.

Sierra and her quilt.

Can't wait to do another project with her! So, fun!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Joy and Sorrow

In early June I flew to San Diego for my granddaughter #2's high school graduation. I think she really loves the quilt I made for her. Even though it was warm weather, she kept rolling up in it. LOL

You can see that she and I were pretty happy after her graduation. She is the perfect combination of beauty and brains.

At the graduation I got to meet my first great-grandchild. I wish I could have gotten a photo of my grandson's face when he handed her to me. He was so proud. She was 5 months old when I  first saw her.

I spent time teaching granddaughter #3 how to sew. That will be in the next post. What a joyous trip, until.....

My son back in Nashville was getting sick when I left for my trip. When I talked to him a couple days later, I insisted he go to the emergency room, which he did. He was put in critical care with severe pneumonia and sepsis. By the next evening he had such respiratory distress, that he had to be put on a ventilator. We had to call his 19 year old daughter, who was also out of town, to let her know. She immediately drove back to Nashville. My daughter flew back with me the next day. My son was on the vent for 2 weeks. He remains in the hospital now. He still requires a lot of oxygen and had a gastric feeding tube placed yesterday. He is still very weak and still needs lots of prayers.