Friday, December 28, 2012

Grandma’s Hand Print Quilt

Several months ago I posted about a quilt I was planning to make for my mother-in-law for Christmas. Well, now that it’s Christmas and I’ve given it to her, I can follow up and show you the completed quilt, and the happy Grandma!




It took me a long time to try to figure out what to do with the blocks in between the hand prints.  I worried that if I did much piecing in these blocks that they would detract from the hand prints. I tried to envision different kinds of blocks and since I couldn’t really envision what they would look like, I just decided to do plain fabric squares. I did modify six of the blocks and put in four-patches instead.  I’m quite pleased with the outcome.



The blocks are 9 1/2” (cut) each and the finished quilt is 56” x 74”.

I appliquéd the hand prints using Heat n’ Bond lite, and then did a narrow zig-zag around the edges.

I used fabric from California Girl – they look so bright and cheery!



  This block is one of my favorites. Since one of the grandchildren had a baby this year, that means Grandma is now a Great-Grandma! It didn’t work to give the baby her own block since that threw off my pattern, so I sewed her right along-side her daddy’s handprint. Adorable!




Near each hand print I fmq’d a little heart. (I need to get better at doing hearts!)



This block has the youngest grandchild’s hand prints on it, and since she’s so little (she’s only two) I decided to put both of her hands on it. Cute!




I labeled all the hand prints and this little tag on the back of the quilt using a permanent Micron pen. That’s what the gal at my lqs suggested I use and it worked great!

I backed the quilt with that double sided super soft stuff - it’s like minky without the bumps. What’s it called?? All I know is it’s SUPER soft and snuggly! Yum!

And yes, I did use batting as well. I wondered if it would be too heavy, but we all agree that it really is very snuggly and not too heavy at all.



And, yes, I remembered to sign my name!



This is my daughter snuggling up in it before we wrapped it up.



And here comes the big moment!



I LOVE to see the pleasant surprised look on people’s faces and you know you’ve given them something they love. : )



Oohing and ahhing over each grandchild’s hand print…




Yup, she loved it.




This is the youngest grandchild putting her hands on her hand prints. So sweet!



Linking up with Confessions of a Faric Addict – Whoop! Whoop!

and with Crazy Mom Quilts

and with Lily’s Quilts


Anna said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the little details. What a great present :)

Marion McClellan said...

I LOVE it!! It turned out SOO great :) That is a REALLY special gift!!! xoxo

Carin said...

That is such a beautiful quilt and gift! I'm sure it will be treasured forever.

Kat said...

This is such a beautiful treasure, I have tears in my eyes just reading about it and looking at the photos. I really can't think of a better gift for anyone and I'm sure Grandma will love wrapping up in this and being "hugged" by all her grandchildren. This quilt makes my heart smile :-)

Abby said...

What a great idea and wonderful gift. The fabrics are darling too!

Sara said...

Oh my gosh that is such a wonderful,wonderful idea and the colors are perfect!!! Your MIL's face is priceless and I KNOW it will be treasured forever:)

You are a terrific DIL!!

I want to do one,but I think I will wait until there are more than one grandkid (my kid)maybe in a few more years!

Lyndsey said...

What a great idea, such a wonderful present. The colours and fabrics are lovely.

Karen said...

What an awesome quilt. I love it!

Michelle said...

That is so great. I love the way the big squares work with the handprints.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic quilt!

Sarah Craig said...

What an amazing quilt, and such a special gift! Great work, Myra! Whoop whoop!!

Aoife O'Halloran said...

This is the most adorable quilt idea I've seen! Congratulations, it's just gorgeous. And I'm so glad that California Girl looks so good, I have a charm pack saved to use in 2013 and I love it on your quilt. Hope you have a Happy New Year, and it's been lovely finding your blog :)

Brenda said...

That's a great present for Christmas and forever. Thanks for sharing your process and for pix of the recipient. Woo hoo for a great finish!

Zee said...

Margene is a dear friend of mine in our Ward. You are a special DIL to make such a treasured gift from the heart. You do beautiful work. I love how you photo journaled the opening moment and tender hugs afterward.

Thanks for sharing.

Zina Johnson

Myra said...

Thanks Zina! How fun to make a connection as wonderful as Margene! Thanks so much for your kind words.


Kim said...

Love this quilt!

Richard Healey said...

That is the most fantastic quilt I have every seen that is so neat to see all the handprints. Thanks for linking up.

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Kerrie Porter said...

This is just beautiful! I really have no words to express how perfect this quilt is!

Myra said...

Wow, thanks! That's is very kind of you. I really appreciate it. : )

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

Have a great day!

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