This is one make that not only sat waiting for me to finish filing the photos and get it blogged, but it literally took just as long as that time just to construct it... and of course- you know me- I made a set of them. "Them" specifically, are quilted books. What's different about them is the fact that they are quilted from PAPER. I merely combined two types of crafting into one type of gift. I am not the quilter- actually I am not much of a sewing fan at all, other than the stitching oddly around tags or the touch of zig-zagged, ragged, fraying (and quite lovely) look. But, I have several friends, and especially 2 people in our extended family who are not only avid quilters, but living the 'quilted life' and are generous givers of their amazing talented skills. I cannot count the number of their quilted items I have seen, and each new make just bowls me over with awe! I am humbled when I tell you that I, also, have been a recipient of many gifts that have matched my inner soul to a T. These 2 ladies have warmed my heart with gratefulness from their passion to bring so many folks under the shelter of a blanket made with so much love. One- my ChickCousin Bestie- has gifted not only my kids, but each Grandbaby as well. The other- my 'fellow Grandma' of our youngest Grandbaby- actually made enough bedding, blankets, coverlets, and matching sets...Baby Pecan (she calls him her Jamie Bug) is set for his childhood in "blankies". During the Baby Shower, as Mommy opened each one- the delight of the crowd was obvious, and I was snapping over 800 photos to make sure I got several shots to choose from for his Baby Album. I would LOVE to be able to sew like that! But alas...to each her own, and don't just 'do it'; really ROCK IT! (Like they do!) I have been a big fan of quilts since they are included in the Primitive Americana décor. I have many styles and sizes- in stacks and displayed on ladders, beds, chairs, and railings. There are the unique items- that call to my inner Hippie; Beatles hangings, Beatles quilted purses and tech bags (from the ChickCousin Bestie), and even Beatles coasters set (from the fellow Grandma), which I keep in my Craft Studio. And alongside those are several Tim Holtz Eclectic material quilted into pie-shaped doilies (with a cute lace pocket on one slice)- each made by the Bestie, who knows I am a TH Addict. Those things are the "Collection" that my own kids may or may not want. Face it: when you die, your kids don't have to like what you had in your home. So when that time comes, they will all pick out what they LIKE. When one set of Grandparents died (we were very close to all four), we were given the opportunity to choose and I took
Grandma's cookbook, Grandpa's double boiler (he was famous for his Peanut Butter Buckeye Candy and his cookies while Grandma was the cook of the FOOD), and his measuring spoons. I use all of it to make his Buckeye Candy every year, and just got finished last night with 300 of them for this season. Our boys? One chose Grandpa's blanket. The other chose Grandma's favorite green cat pillow- he still has it stashed away. When the ChiefHubby's Mom died, she had sent home the 2 hand-sewn set of quilts made by her own Great Aunt and Grandmother just months before. So I chose the quilt she kept on her own bed. It was a purchased, bagged quilt, but the point was: she loved it and in the months after her death, it brought us great comfort on our own bed, and now shines in a stack in the Guest Room.
Now, after having read thus far; you can see why I felt an urge to make something special for these two wonderful ladies. I am extremely blessed; I have more people to love- and whom I know pass on that love- than I can name in my lifetime. And GOD loves each even more than that...AMAZING!
So, let's see how this came together!
All crafting materials and tools used are shown in the photos.