Friday, April 19, 2013

A Blue Grandma

My hygienist married late in life to a man who had children with children and became an automatic mother and grandmother. She says it's working out wonderfully and she loves it. I took the more traditional route of birthing the baby and raising the woman who then birthed the grandbaby.




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


54 comments:

  1. Oh, Myrna, congratulations!!!! I've been waiting to read this post. And your grandson is seriously gorgeous. Can't believe he was just born. What's his name??

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    1. I realized I hadn't asked permission to post his name so I needed to do that first. It's Daimon Luke. Yes, he is seriously gorgeous.

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    2. Very nice. Is that pronounced "Dayman" or "Dyeman"? I meant to say I love that little cap he's wearing.

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    3. It's pronounced Daymun. I laughed when I saw the cap. My knitting group does caps for the preemies at our hospital but it looks like every baby gets one at that hospital. I've never knitted them. They're too small and fiddly for me. I prefer to do larger ones for the mission downtown.

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    4. I made one for a work friend whose wife had a baby in the summer. It actually took no time at all. I was amazed. Like, maybe 2 hours. It was so much fun to start and finish something in one sitting, I could barely get over it.

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  2. Congrats!!!! It's what you've waited all your life for, but didn't know it. Didn't your heart just melt into his? And you thought, oh, little baby! I will protect you all the days of my life...

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    1. It's a whole range of new emotions. I worried so much about my daughter all day long and then I was so excited when she phoned - to hear her voice and her news.

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  3. Yes, he is perfect. So glad everyone is well. Let the adventures begin~~~

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  4. Congrats on the arrival of your grandson. He is beautiful. Enjoy picking out something perfect to make him for him alone. I do love the idea of the alphabet book made out of the quilt and of course, what child doesn't love a tent to play or read or relax or snack in.

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    1. The book should be fun. I've figured out the pages already and I'll use as much of the original quilt as possible. When I get to it. There's a list.

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  5. Congratulations! An absolutely gorgeous boy! here are some link to patterns I used a LOT when my kids were small....

    http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k16004--p016004--products-22716.php?page_id=3505

    http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k16009--p016009--products-22718.php?page_id=3505

    http://www.ottobredesign.com/ this one has all sizes and is an awesome subscription but you can buy individual books at http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/index.php

    hope that helps! I loved the Kwik Sew books.... easy and quick to put together! Linda

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    1. Thanks for all the links. I know I had that baby book at one time but no longer. Not sure about the toddler one. KwikSew does put together a great product. The ottobre magazine looks interesting. I don't intend to sew a lot of clothing for him. My take on that is that this is the perfect opportunity for his Mom to learn to sew.

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  6. Congratulations! congratulations!! He is beautiful!
    For my boys, I only sew with Ottobre patterns. They are stylish, well-drafted and the sizing is consistent. Big 4 and Kwik Sew all seem to be drafted for extremely wide bodies, and while my kids were chunky, even they were not that wide. Enjoy sewing for your little man!

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    1. I knew you'd have some advice. Thanks. Any particular issue you think I should buy? I'm looking for something like a jean jacket.

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  7. Congratulations. Rather than sew clothes I made a quilt, fleece blankets-both single and double layer with satin edging, large flannel receiving blankets, and knit hats. For the flannel I made them 36" square with serged edges and the fleece were also made larger than the ones you can purchase. Grand children are such a blessing.

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    1. Last September, I made them a stack of receiving blankets - a dozen and for Christmas I made a bunting back with the word baby appliqued on it and a blanket of that swirling cabbage fabric with Minky on the back and satin trim.

      I don't intend to sew clothing ongoing but I do want to make one special piece with his name on it. Otherwise, I think his Mom can learn to sew now. This is the perfect time. Kids clothing is fun and easy and they don't see your learning curves. Her favourite skirt growing up was flared with an elastic waist made from sweatshirt fabric. Easy.

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  8. Congratulations! Such a wonderful time and you can breathe a huge sigh of relief that all are healthy. I can't recommend Ottobre highly enough- their styles are very current and they have interesting things for boys. If you go to their website you can look at the PDF line drawings of every issue so you can find what you want. I'll take a look through my collection of them and see if there's a jean jacket. Thanks for the pictures- he's gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks for telling me about the line drawings. I looked and the March issue has a jean jacket. Not sure what size range but I got a one year subscription to see what all they have. LOL - I can give these to my daughter. HINT HINT

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  9. Congratulations to your whole family. He does look like a wonderful little guy. Enjoy all your future snuggles!

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    1. Thank you. Yes as soon as I can when he's awake and his mother needs a nap, I'll be snuggling.

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  10. Congratulations, Myrna. I've been watching for the announcement! Being a grandmother fills one with wonderfully inexplicable joy. I'm so glad that everything went well.

    Oliver & S is a pattern company with cute things for children. Mostly for girls, alas, but there are a few for boys, and some unisex ones. Whatever you make will be gorgeous.

    The alphabet book is a great way to repurpose the quilt/cross stitching you did for your daughter.

    Again, congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Lorrie. I did look at Oliver & S and thought they were very cute and mostly for girls. With two granddaughters, you must love that line.

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  11. Congratulations, Myrna! Glad to hear that everyone is healthy :-) He's such a cutie!

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    1. Thanks. The waiting was horrible. The end result is wonderful.

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    2. Chloe looks nice after her trip to the beauty parlor as well! :-)

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    3. LOL - she'll be delighted that someone - finally - noticed her new do. Right now she's curled up in a box of fabric having a nap. Apparently she's a "sewing" dog.

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  12. Congratulations! Oliver and S have cute patterns, also Modkids. When my son was small I used to convert patterns into "boy" patterns, due to the shortage of boy patterns.

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    1. Thanks. I hadn't heard of Mod Kids. Some cute patterns. I can see why you needed to convert. Luckily, that's not too hard to do.

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  13. Congratulations! What wonderful news! I am so happy for you!

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  14. YEE-HAWWW!!!!!

    ah well, everyone complains about the clothing for little boys vs. little girls. what can ya do!! sounds like you have some good leads here, tho! :) and don't give up hope - some of the biggest clotheshorses i've known have been little boys - my nephew loves bow ties, trousers, plus fours, suspenders, hats, all that fun stuff.

    one word: SKYPE!!! make sure both households have a good quality webcam (i got a fantastic one at staples for $25 at half off, shop around) and go for it!!! it's so much more fun than talking on the fone, no worries about minutes or charges and communication with video is about a billion times more natural (plus you can gesticulate, show projects, walk across the room to get something, and so on). Skype does have it's hiccups but on the whole it's outstanding - especially for free.

    Have fun! i'm so happy to hear everyone is healthy and has all the fingers and toes, whew! steph

    p.s. your tees are looking superb! i've been drowning in pollen so i'll expound further later, had to bust in on this news :)

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    1. LOL - luckily I don't need too many leads because seriously can you imagine me trying to sew my wardrobe and his. Won't work. I'd be unclothed forever.

      Skype. Hmm... we'll have to look into it. I'm going to ask his Dad to make me a little movie because next week is too far away - VBG. I want to hear that new baby cry.

      THANKS for the compliments on the t-shirt. I'll look forward to your further thoughts. I just put on the latest Vogue 8691 and it definitely needs a FBA. This fabric is a light burnout and it's pulling up significantly at the front. Good to know.

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  15. That's Wonderful news, and oh the littleness and loveliness of him! Yes, waiting is awful!!

    I've used some Kwik Sew for my boys too and they're pretty good, basic patterns. Some years ago I stumbled upon Abacadabra (that's not a spelling error!) from Europe. They have many patterns, also mainly for girls, but they have some pretty cool styles. I've got 2 of the boy patterns, bought about 5 years ago. I had a little bit of a struggle with the English translations, but hopefully they've improved! But do check them out, it's worth it!
    http://www.sewingpatterns.eu/patronenmerken/a-e/abacadabra.html

    I'm going to check out Modkids now, sounds interesting!

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    1. Just found the real site:

      http://www.abacadabra.com/

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    2. Thanks for the link. I liked the #30 Bomber Style jacket the best. It's not a jean jacket but it's along the lines of what I'm thinking. I used the on-line translator (a right click option to translate with Bing in Internet Explorer) and could read the site fairly well.

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  16. Congratulations! And he is a beauty! Elle

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    1. Thanks Elle. I'm biased but I totally agree.

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  17. Congratulations! I'm glad to hear you have a huggable grandson.

    And I want to give you a shiny gold star for respecting their time to settle as a family. I've seen that issue come up with others a few times and I find it baffling when people don't understand that the couple needs to do what suits them (or the couple not being able to articulate it).

    I totally second skype to bridge the distance. My brother and SIL are in NWT and my parents chat with my niece through skype all the time. After the long visit at Christmas, she was even more responsive to them on screen. One time my SIL called while she was napping to ask my mom about embroidery, something that was easier to show than explain on the phone so they went to skype. My neice woke up and didn't expect to see my mom on the computer and her face just lit up with the surprise. It helps to see the growth and it's a good habit to get into.

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    1. Thanks for the gold star. My poor son-in-law has gotten to be the "guinea pig". So far, he's my online in-law child and now he's the parent of my first grandchild but he understands that I'm in training and it seems to be going quite well. My future daughter-in-laws need to give him a big thank you for pioneering the path. I try to keep in mind what isn't my business or my decision and how I would want to be treated in a particular situation. I certainly did not want to be told what to do. I wanted support and encouragement.

      I'll have to ask them about Skype.

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  18. Congratulations, he is certainly a cutie! I like Rob Merritt's books, Making Baby's Clothes and Cute Clothes for Kids. I haven't actually sewn from them, but they sure were cute to look through, and they looked like things kids would actually wear.

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    1. Thanks and thanks for the book recommendation. I'd never heard of these books or this author but you're right, the clothes are cute.

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  19. Congratulations Grandma! Glad that everyone is doing well and your not biased, he is gorgeous!

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  20. Congratulations! Ottobre is great....

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  21. Congratulations! This is wonderful news.

    Allow me to joint the chorus of those praising Ottobre. I subscribed for a little over a year when my kids were younger. Now they are 7 and 9, and my old Ottobre issues are still the first place I look when I need a pattern to make them something.

    If you would like to treat yourself and are feeling adventurous, try a Japanese pattern book. They often have really cute boys clothes. A lot of big cities have a Japanese bookstore where you can buy them. Online, the Etsy seller pomadour24 sells them.

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    1. LOL - I think if I'm going to get adventurous with a Japanese pattern book that it'll be something for myself. Thanks for the congratulations and for the info about Ottobre. Nice to know that one subscription will go a long way.

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  22. Congratulations! Your grandson is absolutely adorable!

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    1. Yes, he is. I heard him crying when I talked to my daughter last night. Too fun! For me anyway.

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  23. Congratulations Myrna! I read blogs in 'spirts' so am a little late. I used Ottobre to sew for the grandsons when they were younger. They were fabulous and had lots of pockets which every boy needs!

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    1. Congratulations always accepted. He's here visiting right now which is totally fun. The first Ottobre arrived and has some cute styles. We'll see what I sew.

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