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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 Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 24, 2011 at 4:23pm
What great confidence and eye for design. She knows what she likes and IT IS FABULOUS!!!  (This from a long-time quilter who STILL agonizes over fabric choices and placement.)  I'm so excited for you both!  What a great keepsake and memory maker for the both of you.  I agree - PRICELESS! 
Comment by Debra Symons on January 24, 2011 at 3:09pm
Fabulous job Maddie, I  can only hope my new granddaughter will be inclined to quilt with me one day. She is only 3-months old but I plan on introducing quilting as soon as she enters school. Continue to quilt my girl and you will surely be a master before your 20.
Comment by Terry F on January 24, 2011 at 2:46pm
It's in the blood!  She (and you) did a fantastic job.  Please tell her I said so?  Is she for hire?
Comment by Barb/WI on January 24, 2011 at 12:29pm
Oh my gosh, I can only hope to spend that kind of beyond priceless time with my granddaughter!  She's not even arriving until May, but I'm determined to do my best to interest her in quilting!  Way to go, Cheryl! 
Comment by A.L. Duncan on January 24, 2011 at 12:18pm
I love the bright colors and the layout.  Very very talented young lady! 
Comment by Jennie Steward on January 24, 2011 at 11:47am
Oh Cheryl....what wonderful memories you have made together!  Brings tears to my eyes.  You tell Maddy that we are all impressed with her talent in color choices and pattern!  WTG Maddy!
Comment by MariC/PA on January 24, 2011 at 11:14am
WOW...how awesome! Its really nice....Shes quite talented!  How old wss she when she started ?
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on January 24, 2011 at 10:25am
She is quite the quilt artist.  Love the bright colors; she seems to have a knack for choosing colors that coordinate.  Happy quilting.
Comment by Connie/KS on January 24, 2011 at 10:22am
Beautiful quilt and girls! Wish I had a DGD to teach to quilt. Don't think my 13 year old DGS is headed in that direction. You are so lucky to have them close enough to do things with! She did a great job!
Comment by karenthequilter on January 24, 2011 at 10:13am
Great way to keep our craft going for future generations Cheryl!  And so looks so proud!

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