Friday, August 14, 2009

Little quilts and little people

Here's a little doll quilt I made to go with a bassinet that I did complete with bedding and a soft doll for one of my GD's birthdays. I used 30's fabrics and hand quilted it, you can't get much simpler than strip pieced squares. It gets used a lot. I don't think I have any more of this rabbit fabric left but it was a good one for the back.
My first GD made this doll quilt when she had a holiday with us when she was eight years old over a year ago. I had a pile of left over 1 1/2" strips left over from another project and she sewed them together and I quickly machine quilted and bound it. She gifted it to her younger sister for her dolls.
On her holiday to us the year before that, this was her sewing project, a cushion for her to give away, again to her sister. Notice how the Perle stitching got really big? I think she got a bit bored and wanted to finish it quick smart. I hope I've passed on that quilting gene.
The two little people proved a bit challenging for me to take care of today. While Mum was having a sleep and I was in the bedroom sorting myself out, the elder of the two appeared at the door with a arm full of tissues. It wasn't just one box that got emptied out, it was two. Large ones!
OK just put them in the dining room and I'll sort it out. So all up the hallway and up the stairs lay a trail of tissues.
Nana doesn't enjoy doing the whole time out thing on the step but this called for some discipline I tell ya!
Next thing was the word toilet being repeated by the older of the two and thinking she needed to go, I took her to the toilet and what do I see........? ARGHHH, so close to overflow, lucky I could fish it all out.
The story didn't end there, when I went up to the lounge room to sort out the tissues, I spy polystyrene beads all over the floor. Yes the girls had found the zip on the bean bag.
At the "Nana is angry now" statement, Mum gets up and sees everything in one glance and questions the girls. We nearly burst out laughing when little person #2 pulls out a polystyrene ball out of her pocket and offers it to mum like a gift.
I can tell you, it took them awhile to pick them up.
Did you know that having grandchildren is supposed to be the gift for having kids? It's true.

38 comments:

Stina said...

Lovely little quilts..and lovely little grandchildren..;o)))

Kathie said...

oh my gosh!
I am hysterical laughing here!
this would be my luck too, bet they won't do that again.
adorable little quilts
glad they are treasured.
Kathie

jean said...

Lol lol , Janet , those little GD's of yours have cracked me up, all those tissues, wow didn't they have fun !!!. I am convinced you have passed on the patchwoork and quilting gene.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

hilarious. impossible to discipline when your laughing so hard!

Crispy said...

Oh Janet, I laughed until I cried. I just love those little people and what mischief they can get in to (not so funny when you are the mom). Grandchildren keep us young.

Crispy

Robyn said...

*giggle* Janet!
What else can I say? You've said it all...lol
Gorgeous little quilts!

Stephanie said...

At least the polystyrene beads didn't end up in their noses with a trip to the emergency room. Best thing about grandchildren is loving them and giving them back to their parents. I do not speak from experience...I've just heard. :o)

Jackie said...

I love the little quilts, but love your grandchildren story even more. Brought a smile to my face for the day!

luv2quilt2 said...

What beautiful memories for you and the children. They help us see life in a different way. Who but a child would see the fun in taking all the tissues out of the box?

Eileen said...

You are going to be exhausted by the time you get home. :-)

Carol said...

OMG that is too funny! Cute, cute little quilts...what treasures!

Terrie Sandelin said...

Really, really cute quilts. And the story about your grandchildren is so charming and funny. I love the time out photo!

Nedra said...

What is it about tissues and TP that attract little ones? An almost universal quality. Grandbabies are the BEST.

Karen said...

You will have photos to show those grandchildren when they are older! Won't it be a laugh to look back on.

Sue said...

Those quilts are just adorable! Very impressive!
Aren't kids just the cutest when they are mischievous? LOL! I guess that's easy for me to say as I didn't have to clean up all the tissues!
Hope you are enjoying your holiday!

Kaaren said...

I smiled throughtout your entire post, Janet...and I'm still smiling now.

I KNOW you're enjoying your vacation...and so are your granddaughters.

Bunny said...

Adorable quilts and adorable grandchildren. Made me smile.

Barb said...

Loved your story....truly amusing. The doll quilt and pillow were lovely and you are passing off something that will last for ever with her.

julieQ said...

Such cute, loved little quilts, they are precious...and your babies are too! Funny they know just how to get under out skins at times.

Leslie said...

The joys of grandparenting. You didn't mention ages, but they do grow out of it. :D Really like your new McCord inspired header. WOW!

Quilt Hollow said...

Well....I think they were having fun?! LOL Too funny for sure! OMG the little doll quilts are adorable and HAND QUILTED!!

Janet said...

One of my kids emptied a tissue box at Grandma's house. She piled them all around her like a nest with herself in the centre.
The doll quilts are very pretty. Quilting seems to run in your family.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh gosh -- that brought a tear to my eye and a big smile. What a cute, cute story -- how could you be mad at such angels??? I LOVE that cute little doll quilt you made!

Lizzie said...

Exhausting but adorable, sounds like you'll need a holiday when you get home Janet.
Lizzie
XXX

Maree: said...

Oh My Goodness you Poor Thing...so much for the Stress levels...they sure keep you on your toes...You will certainly need a rest when you get home....
Your little quilts are lovely & nice to see the 8yr old having a go...I'm sure she will be eager as she gets older....something for you to look forward too..all those little sewers you have...
cheers

ozjane said...

I shall remember this story when I go through one I will never be a grandma pity parties.
I think the ideal is to have children when you are young,marry them off young and encourage them to have children while all are still young. Shame sometimes that today the perfect homes etc tend to slow down the process.......I am sure there is just as much happiness in older homes and second hand furniture and then catching up after the growth spurt has occurred.

Dorothy said...

Janet, thank you for sharing that story about your grandchildren. It gave me a good laugh. I don't have any grandchildren yet, but I'll be sure to hide the kleenex boxes when I do!
The little quilts are wonderful.

Deb said...

Janet we also have photos in the album of Beth as an 18mth old with tissues throughout the house.
"Having children is like trying to nail poached eggs to a tree" I have this in a folk art painted wall hanger. Could be more true.

Michelle said...

Doll quilt is very cute, and what a lovely job the GD did on the one she made. Kids....lots of work, but ya gotta love them.

wishes, true and kind said...

Such cute quilts and such a funny story. They will be telling that to their grandchildren one day. LOL.

Carrie P. said...

Great little quilts.
Boy, little ones can get into mischief so fast. There have been many times when I was trying to discipline my own kids when they were little and they would say or do the funniest things and you couldn't help but laugh. Have fun.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love your doll quilts - how pretty! And that it too funny about your granddaughters - they are for sure keeping you on your toes!
Kris

annie2006 said...

oh this made me laugh! my children have days like this too - you cant take your eyes off them for a second :)

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

I'm laughing too! Can't take your eyes off them for a second! I'm in my second week of full time babysitting my 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 year old ! My house changed a lot when I toddler proofed it. Every door that can be shut is, and no more sewing supplies left out!

Martha said...

That's a cute story, and two cute little quilts, as well. My daughter was never interested in sewing, but maybe I'll have a granddaughter someday and teach her to make a little quilt.

Julie said...

Your doll quilts are so sweet. How about those kids!!!! I think they all get up o something like that now and then

MARCIE said...

Oh I shouldn't laugh, but the zipper on the bean bag did me in! I will probably be punished for that in time. Laughing that is!
The little quilts are the cutest things ever! Big stitches will still hold that treasure together for a long time!

Michell said...

I love the little quilts, but love your grandchildren story even more...
Thanks for sharing


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