Friday, July 8, 2022

Gifting a Quilt

       When I had my first baby, I was sent a wonderful quilt that I continued to enjoy with my grandchildren. Quilts carry on and pass down through the years the loving touches sewn to connect the maker with the recipient.

        I was not a quilter, but wanted to make my first grandchild Hannah a quilt for the same reason.You want to sew/sow a connection. I made a quilt from "whole cloth" the imagery reflecting me and my hopes for fun w the grandchild. I had a sewing machine for straight stitches and felt I could tie knots to connect the back through the padding to the front. I looked up on the computer how to make a border.

         Erika received the same quilt with a changed border and background. It was with horror I wondered, "Did I make David, the third, a quilt as well?"  I couldn't imagine leaving him out. I found an old photo. His was made with two big pieces of polar fleece, the edges of which were cut and tied together. "Tie blankets" from fleece! So many color and theme choics in this cozy material. All instructions are online.

     My friend Alice came to visit, creating an over-the-top hostess gift with her quilting skills. She brought dolls for the littlel girls. The quilts we finished off together. They were a big hit with me and the children.

        Katie is always creating for her children and grands. Lately she asked for their favorite T shirts. She  pinned the blocks of images from the t-shirts onto muslin to keep them anchored while she joined them to the "lattice" between each block. She then joined each row of blocks with longer lattice pieces betwen each row and backed them with flannel instead of a light filling as I did. Very cozy!

Think about quilting some gifts for friends and you may get into sewing up some love full time!


  1. So sweet- love your blog.

  2. How much fun to revisit those quilts made for your grandchildren and those little dolls quilts and the dolls that I brought as "hostess gifts" when Bob and I visited! I racked my brain at the time to try to think of something to bring the two of you, and then I thought that as grandparents, you'd likely appreciate something for those two darling little girls! I had forgotten what the quits looked like and am delighted to see them again. As for t-shirt quilts, I've made three myself, for my two CA grandkids and one for the daughter of a dear friend who wanted one made up of the t-shirts she remembered her mom wearing before she died. I was happy to make all three, but I confess they are not my favorite type of quilts to make! I'd much rather make regular quilts, and that includes even doll quilts!

  3. Lovely images, especially granddaughters swaddling their "babies" in their special quilts. Picture of Bill and David completely adorable too.
    Great post! - Ellen