I love, love, love my grandma! She lives in West Virginia and I'm in California. She's super feisty and is always doing something! She is always on the go, keeping busy, doing things an 89 year old shouldn't. She even travels to CA a couple of times a year to visit with our family. She just had her 89th birthday and unfortunately she wasn't feeling very well. She has a very bad back and will need to rest a bit. I wanted to send her something special as an early Christmas gift that she would be able to use while she recovered.
My own mom has been crazy busy making beautiful quilts for all six grandkids. She always makes each kiddo something special for Christmas. This year she went a little nuts and bit off quite a bit. However, as of 2 days ago, she is finished with all of them! Not only did she make each of the grandkids a special quilt, each quilt is made specifically with each childs' interest in mind. So for my three kids she made an owl themed quilt for my daughter, a puppy themed quilt for my oldest son and an elephant themed quilt for my little one...all of these things are their FAVORITES! I've been hearing about these quilts for months. She's been telling me all of the details and texting me photos of everything. I decided that it would be fun for me to attempt to make one of them for my grandma too! I didn't want to bother my mom since she already had her hands full (even though I know she wouldn't consider it a bother) so I decided to try to make one on my own. And guess what! I totally did it and it's super cute!!! I used this pattern ~ McCalls Crafts 3901.
I am just an OK sewer. But I have been branching out and I've surprised myself at what I am actually able to do. I stick to basics but this quilt actually is very basic. It's a ton of cutting, sewing straight lines and clipping a bunch of seams.