Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Debbie's Wool Crazy and Nick's Quilt

Last week when I wrote, I told you that I would share Debbie's Wool Crazy blocks. She made these as sample's for classes she taught. As you can see she used some of my designs (more in her fall block) and then branched out to her own. I love how people take the initial concept and add their own designs or incorporate designs from other patterns they have made. It makes it so much fun to see them...

I am not sure if she plans on making four, but they would be great just made into small quilts! Keeping with a holiday theme she can incorporate them in with her fall and Christmas decorating..

On Monday I spent the day with my grandson Nick. He had the day off from school and since there was work being done at his house he came over to my apartment. He has told me during the last few weeks that he wanted to make a quilt for his animals....and so when he first got there I had him draw some pictures of them....He picked one with his orangutan as his favorite. So I transferred it to tea dyed muslin with my lite box and then I cut out 14 more squares of plaids. Nick laid them out how he wanted them and then he helped me sew them together. As I guided the needle, he worked the foot pedal.....we hit some land speed records on some of the seams, but he had LOTS of fun! While he sat and played with his Leapster, I stitched his drawing....Then he helped me spray bond the backing, batting and top.....I utility quilted it and today added the binding.....As you can see, Nick is VERY HAPPY with the results!!

Of course all of you know that the attention span of a five year old does not allow for non-stop sewing....so after our "speed sewing" Nick had another first. He had never been on a public bus. Since I don't drive adventures with Grandma require a lot of walking and riding on MAX....but so far we hadn't tried the bus. It was a big success. Since it was a holiday and mid morning, Nick and I had the bus to ourselves. We had a great driver and he chatted with Nick the whole way. We took in a matinee and lunch and then we were on our way back......We topped the day off with a trip to the playground at Nick's school. I don't know if he was tired, but Grandma was ready to put her feet up!

Megan had her last treatment of "IPPY" today.....at least for this session....They will do tests in the next few weeks to see if it is working.....Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for its success!

My best to all of you and I hope you are finding time to play with your wool and stitch your day away.......My best.....Jo Ann


  1. Hi JoAnn, What a wonderful day!Nick and you did a great job making that darling quilt!Always in my prayers, Cheri

  2. How fun! Tell Nick I love his quilt that you made for him. A trip on the bus, a movie and then he will get some snow and I am sure a snow day from school!

    I am not looking forward to dealing with the drivers here in Portland but...work must go on.


  3. What a wonderful way to create loving memories with your grandson by making a quilt together. Best wishes to your daughter. from Jenny M (Australia)

  4. It sounds like a really fun day with Nick. His little quilt is so cute!!
    I'm still sending up prayers for your daughter.

  5. You are an awesome Grandma!!! I love the little quilt with his drawings on it...what a special day for the two of you. He will never forget it! Miss you and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

  6. What a grandma!!...a beautiful quilt that Nick will cherish forever AND an adventure on a bus to boot! Doesn't get any better than that!!
    I hope all goes well with your daughter...you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Hang in there!

  7. What a great idea for time spent with your Grandson. I absolutely love the idea of using his drawing. You are very creative and a wonderful Grandmother!

  8. The Wool Crazy blocks are really good ones. I like the winter one the best.

  9. What a very special quilt, excellent work on it.