Thursday, January 27, 2011

Makenzie's Garden Quilt

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!

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Geri said...

Such a great quilt - I remember this one! Be sure to remind us when it's voting day for the Quilt Contest :) I'll be sure to vote for yours.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Love this is so happy...lucky little Makenzie!

Maria Wallin said...

Such a great quilt, both the idea and inspiration for it and the design, lovely!

Joyce said...

What a gorgeous quilt and I'm sure it will be a family heirloom for her. I've made my grandchildren quilts but now they are all teenagers and need bigger ones...

AnneMarie said...

Ah, what a wonderful quilt and story! It's beautiful and she will always love such an heirloom. I love your personal touches with the fence and seed packets!

Thanks for entering it in the Love Nest Quilt Contest and best of luck!

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

Unknown said...

Aw how sweet! I love your idea to make each of your grandchildren a quilt on their 2nd birthday. These will be cherished always and become family heirlooms. So nice.

Carol said...

Beautiful quilt, Diane!! Even greater that you designed it. What a special gift for your sweet grandaughter.

Wendys Hat said...

This is just darling!