Kids, Quilts, Grandmas, Cats, and Weather

A little V.I.P was here on Friday. After taking his sister to school in the morning we came back home to have a hearty breakfast of eggs and bacon and home fries.  ( and that V.I.P must have a growth spurt coming up because he ate my home fries too. )

Then there was a nice long bath…

Bathtub toys

The usual jumping on the bed and playing hide and seek and tickling under the covers…

Under the Bedcovers after the Bath

Next Andy had to have the same hair treatment as the V.I.P did since the V.I.P loves the scent so much…

Andy Got the Hair Treatment

( This only occurs when his older sister is not here…it is our secret that we put Andy into the doll’s beauty parlor chair when she is not around : )

We went out to visit my mom after that, and took books, as that is our custom…he loves to sit and read with the both of us and ‘show off ‘ to her a bit what he’s memorized about the books, or how he can count, etc. He then plays with her various knick knacks and later on we walk around the property and look for acorns, pinecones, and other treasures.

I took the couch quilt for my son out to show her the quilting…since that was finished and I was about half way through sewing the binding on at that point. I’ll be finishing it up on Sunday ( and joining with Kathy and some others for Slow Sunday Stitching

Once we got back from visiting my mom, my little grandson the V.I.P was testing the softness of the quilt and looking to see if his hands grew. ( In the summer I’d traced his and his sister’s hands into a block and quilted them. ) Oh how I love this child :) 

Brent and the Quilt Hand Measurements

While it has been cold here, it’s been rainy-dreary cold. The ground had been sodden and mushy and muddy. The Saturday forecast said that we were in for some REAL cold,  and snow, which is why I decided to put the quilt out on the line, take a few pictures, and say “Finish.”

I’d filled the bird feeders on Saturday morning, and done some Christmas shopping at Target for the kids, and done just about anything that I could think of that needed to be done prior to the dropping temps so that I did not have to go out on Sunday if I could avoid it.  By the time I got home and lugged in groceries and Christmas presents, etc., it was already getting quite cold and windy. Not five minutes after I took the quilt out for a picture and came back in ( with nose running and teeth chattering ) the snow started coming down and blowing. I don’t think that we are to get much precipitation on this round…just bitter cold and wind. ( though as I finish up this post, the ground is now covered with snow. )

Finished quilt Nov 22 just a wee bit of binding left to sew

Not a fancy pattern…just a nine patch from scraps, though there is a lot of hand quilting in it. While I did children’s hands, and some feathers, etc… for alot of the white blocks I just followed the zig-zag pattern that was in the white fabric. ( There are other posts about the hand-quilting so I am not going to bore you with it again :)

Glad that it is finished and little kids will be snuggling under it at my son’s house soon :)

A certain CAT is going to miss it when it goes !  It will get a final wash to rid it of pencil marks and her hair prior to leaving, of course :)

Kanga and the Couch Quilt

You might also enjoy: Moon & Clouds  or  Sweet Alyssum Still Blooming after Killing Frosts and 3 Inches of Snow  or  Frisky Dogs, Pillow Fights and Yard Work 

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27 Responses to Kids, Quilts, Grandmas, Cats, and Weather

  1. Nana Diana says:

    Perfect timing to get that quilt off the line. It is beautiful by the way- and you are way ahead of me on getting ready for the Holiday.

    Did you know that when you leave a comment you come through as a No Reply blogger? That means I can’t leave you a comment back. So, thank you for visiting me and leaving me the link to that blog that is new to me- It’s a gorgegous site. xo Diana

  2. Melanie says:

    How wonderful to spend some precious time with your sweet grandson!

  3. sue says:

    It looks like you had a beautiful visit together, and the quilt you made is beautiful.

  4. Poppy says:


    Every time I read about your delightful days with your grands, it makes me want to be a grandmother, myself! Your little adventures are so lovely and there’s always so much going on, from scrumptious eats to reading and drawing and cozying up with pretty quilts!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!


  5. What a great read, love the relationship between you and your grandson and that you’ve quilted your grandchildren’s handprints into your quilt, very special :D

  6. Carla says:

    You make me wish I live closer to my grandkids! Very chilly here too!

  7. Balisha says:

    Just look at that little face seeing his handprint. That was a great idea…down through the years they will see their handprints and remember the good times at Grandma’s.
    Love the picture of the quilt on the line.

  8. So wonderful to enjoy relaxing hand stitching today after such a perfect day with the little guy! Love the photos of him with the quilt!

  9. audrey says:

    Such a sweet idea to stitch the littles hands onto the quilt! Love that!

  10. Kitty needs her/his own quilt…meow?

    I love the idea of the hands on the quilt, I have a quilt that my Grandmother made me over 42 years [ahem, wow] ago and she used a drawing I had made in school as the template. It’s so precious to me.

    Can’t you just imagine your grand when he is all grown up, placing his child’s hand on this quilt and comparing.


  11. Kathy says:

    Nothing better than time with our grands, right? Your V.I.P. is so cute, so precious! Not only do mine hold my heart, but they also provide plenty of “excuses” to make quilts!

  12. Joyce says:

    Awww what a sweet, sweet story – but then, they all are! I am just crazy about those photos of the VIP! Perfectly adorable! And he knows that he is the VIP – no question about that! Although Kanga probably thinks she holds that status!
    Enjoy your good feeling of having a project DONE! That quilt will be very much loved at your son’s house!

  13. Deb says:

    Congrats and perfect timing on pulling it off the line just in time for the snow. I too think it will be great as he gets older and puts his hand on that little one to check the size.

  14. You are one lucky Grandma to have that handsome little guy spend the day with you. And, your quilt is beautiful. It will make such a special gift with all of your hard work and hand stitching and then the hand prints – that was a wonderful idea. The wind is blowing like gale force here, the wind chill makes it feel like “0” and the electricity has gone off three times. I think winter is upon us.

  15. Claudia says:

    I cannot get over how adorable that boy is – seeing if his hand has grown. I just love that.


  16. Few things are as special as spending time with grands. Your VIP is adorable!

  17. Zuni says:

    Ahhhh, now I understand where the sweetness of your comment on my Santa Train Breakfast post comes from–you KNOW the joy of grandbabies too! :) Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment! Loved visiting you back, and sharing in the love of those precious little ones. And your quilt is awesome! I so admire that talent! Happy Thanksgiving! ~Zuni

  18. Joyce says:

    Oh, the love for our grands is nearly overwhelming at times isn’t it? This is a precious post and touched my heart! I have several treasured quilts from my Mother and now one of my daughters. They are one of life’s rare and cherished treats!

  19. Connie says:

    Debra your pics are wonderful, all of them! You do a have wonderful VIP :) I love it when I get to spend one on one time with mine. Doesn’t happen very often. I want to come over and snuggle up in that quilt, scrappy ones are the best in my book, and play with Andy in the chair, and of course the cat too :)

  20. Lovely quilt! I’m sure it will be treasured forever. Being a Grammy is the most wonderful thing in the world, isn’t it? I have one little granddaughter who is growing up much too fast. I treasure our time together.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Grandma Kc says:

    Kanga is not going to be the least bit pleased! I think the very least you could do is make Kanga a quilt for Christmas! You could embroider cat paw prints into it! You and that VIP have so much fun just doing stuff! If only all grandchildren were lucky enough to have this kind of relationship with their grandchildren — or is it the other way around? We are very lucky.

  22. Barbara says:

    What great memories can surround a quilt. I love the shot of it hanging outside – it just looks like it’s about to snow! Stopping in from Lisa’s Grand Social.

  23. VIP is cute. Love the pic of him with his hand. Great idea for quilting. Loved reading about VIP’s day.

  24. Kathy says:

    Such a precious VIP. He certainly is cute. I am lucky as my granddaughter lives near me so we get to spend special time together as well.

    The quilt is absolutely beautiful. It shows much love in it. Thanks for sharing.

    Dropping by from GRAND Social. Have a Happy Thanksgiving

  25. Your little grand is so precious and I adore that quilt. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me and I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  26. Sara says:

    What a sweet 9 patch and the backing is great! our grandson looks to be very precious:)

  27. Michelle says:

    I love that 9 patch. And the story of your day is just wonderful.

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