This quilt is a little out of order in my quilting history, but I wanted to enter a contest with it so I am posting about it now.
When my first grandchild was approaching her second birthday I couldn't decide what we should give her for a gift. I wanted to make it special, not just a random toy that she would outgrow or break in the future. I thought and thought and decided that I would make my grandchildren (the number keeps growing) a quilt for their second birthday. Something they would have well into their adult years and would remember me every time they saw it.
Well Makenzie and I love to play in the garden. I love teaching her about one of my passions and so it seemed only natural to make her a quilt with bugs, flowers and vegetables and all sorts of gardening stuff on it. Here is the end result. The photo is slightly cropped, but you get the idea.
|she's grown up so much since this was taken in 2004|
|her birthday party|
I sort of got the idea for the randomly pieced squares from a quilt I saw at a shop in Brea, Ca. Then I added my own take on it with raw edge applique sunflowers, a picket fence and I even made little plant markers from a fabric with seed packets printed on it.
I love this quilt, not only because I designed it but because it is big and snugly and Makenzie will always remember the fun we have in the garden each year whenever she sees it.
This is my love nest quilt entry. I love my grandchildren so much!