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I'm so proud of her I could just bust!  My 6 yr old granddaughter finished her first quilt!  She picked out all the fabrics for this herself! (wouldn't let me get a suggestion in edgewise!)  Then she went through all my quilt books and found a couple of patterns she liked.  BUT she decided to combine them, piece of this, part of that, vio`la!  I drew it up for her on graph paper while she stood at my shoulder making sure I drew everything in the right places, then she colored it in to make sure I couldn't change the colors around on her!  I rotary cut the pieces, and she sat on my lap and learned how to use the sewing machine. (With Grandma working the pedal so neither one of us got our fingers sewed!) She laid the blocks all out on the floor and changed them around until she got them exactly the way she wanted them and we sewed them together.  Last weekend she came and spent the weekend with me and we laid it out on the floor to sandwich and tie it and I finished the binding on it this week.  She was so excited to come and sleep under it the first time on Saturday night, and she took it home with her on Sunday. 

Cost of fabric, batting and supplies: $$$ OUCH!

Cost of food for little girl with a bottomless pit stomach all those weekends we spent :$$$Bigger OUCH!

Time spent with my girls making sweet memories: Beyond PRICELESS!

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Comment by christi on February 17, 2011 at 10:11pm
Memories are priceless.  The girls are lucky to have a Grandma like you, you are developing skills in them that are also priceless!  My first introduction to sewing was sitting under the table playing with scrps while my aunt sewed gowns for my mom (I was around 6).  My barbies were the best dressed in town since I got to keep all those scraps but no one taught me how to sew until my early teens!  Those memories of being with my aunt while she sewed are priceless as will your grand daughters when they remember sitting on your lap and the love you shared.
Comment by Lori/MD on January 25, 2011 at 7:14pm
Love the little mermaid!  and the two on it are pretty darned cute too
Comment by ra57 on January 25, 2011 at 4:44pm
What a great job she did in arranging the design!! Is she planning her next project yet???
Comment by Judy/WA on January 25, 2011 at 9:08am
What a great quilt. She looks so proud and I can't even imagine how proud you feel. She is going to cherish that quilt but the memories that you both have are even better!
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on January 25, 2011 at 7:45am
Cheryl, this is awesome. Please tell her for me that she did a fantastic job!!!!!!!!   I want to show this one to my 6 yr old grandaughter!!!
Comment by Annie Zipser on January 25, 2011 at 5:00am
I agree...she has a great eye for color and pattern.  It is a really pretty quilt!
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on January 24, 2011 at 7:13pm
Comment by Sharon Reeves on January 24, 2011 at 6:42pm
She did an amazing job picking out the colors and patterns and putting them together, with DG's help. She's a cutie and she'll treasure this quilt beyond all others she'll make. !st ones are are usually favorites. Yes, time spent with the grandchildren is priceless.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on January 24, 2011 at 5:34pm

Thanks everybody!  She knows what she likes that's for sure!  And boy did that little personality come out when she was telling me how this was gonna go! Right down to the different colored top and side borders! lol!  We really had a great time with this!  And for those of you with tiny ones, Start them Early!  I had her stitching with me at 3 yrs old!  She was playing with my scraps when she turned 1!  And she still loves to do collage type pictures out of the scraps using a glue stick!  So let them play!

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on January 24, 2011 at 5:08pm
You must be in Quilter's Paradise - this is so awesome!

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