Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn Has Arrived

I have not blogged since, egads, September 12!  I had one post in draft form the last weekend in September but then got distracted- and for good cause.  I flew out to my daughter and son-in-law's home in Oklahoma to await and be present at the birth of my first granddaughter.  She arrived 10-11-12 (after a 30+ hour labor) and her proud parents named her Autumn. She is just 2 hours old in the below photo weighing in at 7 lb 4 oz.  Just look at those wide open eyes and that head of hair!

Autumn has been the reason over the last months for my obsession with baby quilts, baby knitted socks, baby crocheted hats and sweater, and flannel baby burpcloths.  Here are finished pix of three quilts I made for her.  Smallest and my first FMQ'd attempt was "Strawberries and Chocolate" shown here in full view and posed on by Autumn for the photo.

Second to be finished and FMQ'd was "Duck and Cover", shown first in full view and then with Autumn and both her grandmas.  Autumn is only a few days old here.

The third quilt to be finished- and just barely the day before I left for the airport- was "Little Witch Girl", shown in full view here, though a bit shadowed, in my backyard.

Here are all three quilts spread over the laps of me and my husband with little Autumn nestled beneath.  She will have to grow into those quilts.  I sure hope they get dragged around and become threadbare!

Oh, and by the way, Autumn's mom, my daughter also made her a quilt called Trick or Treat seen here, a Star Wars quilted wall hanging seen here, and a Winnie the Pooh quilt for the Pooh themed nursery, seen here.  In true quilter fashion, the final stitches of the binding of the Winnie the Pooh were put in the night before my daughter went into labor.  And lest we forget, my daughter's quilt guild also made Autumn an adorable modern/owl quilt shown here.

Here is the Box of Sox I completed- seven pair in all accompanied by suitable reading material, of course! I was bemused that one of my daughter's favorite outfits for Autumn has lady bugs.  This was unbeknownst to me when I packaged the socks.  I guess mother and daughter have similar tastes.  Hmmm... I wonder how Autumn will fit into this picture and what she will think about all this as she gets older.

Be sure to check out my New Project with modified poem excerpt below. But, to meet the rules of linking up to WIP Wednesday, I can still cite two quilts as my "Works In Progress".  My Doll Quilt just needs the binding put on and my Grinch Quilt is just itching to come down off that design wall and be assembled- maybe even in time for Christmas this year. 

Completed projects:  
  1. "Strawberries and Chocolate"
  2. "Duck and Cover"
  3. "Little Witch Girl"
  4. Final of seven pairs of baby socks
Ongoing projects:  
  1. Doll quilt - still awaiting binding after baby projects reach a lull
  2. Grinch quilt - still on design wall for assembly and creative sashing solution
  3. Catching up on my quilt blogging- I have draft entries that will be chronologically out of synch when I do post them but so what
New projects:  
  1. Traveling to Oklahoma to rock my granddaughter
          Cleaning and scrubbing (and quilting) can wait til tomorrow
          For babies grow up we learn to our sorrow
          So quiet down cob webs, unfinished bindings go to sleep
          I'm rocking my grandbaby, and grandbabies don't keep*

*I modified this final verse of a poem. I never knew there was more to it.  The complete poem is here.

This month's stats:
     Completed  projects - FOUR!
     New projects - rocking my new granddaughter, Autumn
     Currently in progress - 3
     Those in closet - many enumerated in earlier posts and not repeated here 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Congratulations on finishing your baby projects and quilts! And, congratulations, of course, on becoming a grandmother!

    1. Thank you. Baby projects are never complete... there are too many that are too cute and you always find someone to make them for. In that way they are kinda like recipes!

  2. Is there anything more wonderful than holding your grandchild for the first time?
    Congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter :0).
    She'll have plenty of cozy quilts and socks!

    Happy Sewing

    1. Thank you. It is wonderful. I will also be happy sewing something beyond PINK!

  3. All lovely quilts for a lovely baby. Congratulations! I also have the same wish for the baby quilts I give away--that they get used, worn and played with!

    1. My grown son's quilt, Tricky Tee's was made from bandanas in all colors many many years age. Not just the edges but the half square triangles as well have batting peeking through. Ya gotta love it!

  4. gorgeous baby & gorgeous quilts :)

  5. These are wonderful! Autumn is quite the lucky little girl to have you as a grandmother. Congratulations!!

    1. Did Robin tell you the little elephant you knitted was with her all the time as a focal point in the labor and delivery room? Autumn's mommy is also quite lucky to have such a good friend.

  6. She is darling and I love her name!

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your compliments. We love her name, too and she seems to fit it better and better each day. Her mom and dad made the right choice. They did not want to commit to naming her Autumn until they saw her and made sure it suited her.