On Tuesday, I traced, altered, and abandoned three patterns and I pulled out fabric after fabric only to change my mind and pile it on the floor still in its flat form. I was waiting for a phone call. I waited all day and into the next morning before my daughter called. It is MUCH easier to have the baby than to wait (im)patiently. Grandbaby is now huggable. When my girlfriend called last weekend, she said to be sure and let her know if I was a pink or a blue Grandma. I'm blue and he is - of course - the cutest baby ever.
Daimon Luke, 7 pounds 1 ounce, born on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:37 AM and according to his mother - and I totally agree - absolutely perfect. It's amazing how quickly you can fall madly in love with someone you've never seen face-to-face or held yet. I can't wait to snuggle. I'll be going soon, some time next week. They want some time alone as a family first and that makes perfect sense. It's such a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Now that I know grandbaby is a boy, I immediately went through all the patterns at BMV and there are hardly any children's patterns for boys. Kwik Sew had the most selection. Above is KS3398 - cute but not what I was looking for. If you know of a good children's clothing line of patterns, please let me know.
This is our first grandchild. I've thought long and hard about what to do to mark the occasion. If I was wealthier than I am, there are numerous options but we're not exactly rich so I need to keep in mind that I have no idea how many grandchildren I'll eventually have plus I'd rather spend the money visiting, snuggling, playing. Relationships are far more important than stuff and this grandbaby lives way too far away - nine hours if I drive quickly - and his parents live in a small apartment with no guest room. Hotels and extended stays get expensive so...
Grandma is going to sew something individualized for each grandchild she gets. A gift that is meant for that child alone, never to be shared with a sibling or a cousin. I'm not going to rush choosing and it won't be sewn in an infant size so it won't show up for a while which means that in-between there will be other gifts but not large chunk of change expenditures. That's just not possible. But lots of little spoils are. Do you have grandchildren? How do you approach this? I could use some Grandma to Grandma advice.
When I was expecting my daughter, it was at the end of my cross-stitching stage and the beginning of my quilting one. I stitched the Dale Burdett alphabet bears and put them in a strip pieced quilt that is tied at the corners. It's in excellent condition because it was only used as a wall hanging. One thing I've told all my children is that fabric is my thing and they are not to feel a responsibility to any of the items I've made if they don't want them so when my daughter said that she didn't want these colors for the nursery, we discussed what could happen with the quilt. I'm going to take it apart and make an alphabet book with the letters and possibly a build-a-tent-quilt with the other blocks. It depends how well it comes apart but I think it's doable.
I brought the quilt home with me the last time we visited our daughter and son-in-law and I may take it back this time along with my seam ripper. I'm particularly fond of the P. I remember the day I stitched it quite well as I was home from work sick and my hands were so sweaty the fabric was limp and then I needed to unpick some stitches and ended up tearing the Aida cloth and had to come up with a way to fix it that involved interfacing and FrayCheck. It worked. Over twenty-six years later, you still can't see that oops. Good.
HOWEVER... I have a few more days and I would really Really REALLY like one or two new t-shirts to take with so I'm cleaning house this morning and spending the weekend sewing.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - safe deliveries, quick communication, and the most beautiful baby in the world