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    Could use some help for darling grandchildren

    In May I am going to visit the grandchildren (Charlotte 7, and Alex 4) for a week. As it stands now, they will both be in school, so I thought, why not spend my time making them some wonderful quilt thing? Any suggestions as to what might be an easy project that I could finish in a week (2 colorways). I am a slow quilter, so maybe I could get a head start on the projects at home before I travel. I just want them to know that Grandma made these for them. Any great ideas? Thanks, Connie

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    Simple lap quilts, doing the binding while you are visiting? or quilted pillowcases for TV time?
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Or making a pillowcase or two and they could help you with them. You could cut them all out and have them ready to go. To make it even more memorable the pillowcases could be done in child fabrics and donated to http://conkerrcancer.org/help.html A lasting memory for all of you.

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    Have you considered a quillow? I haven't made one but have seen them and think they are great.

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    T-Anne, what a nice idea. I checked the website, and there is a drop-off store in Raleigh, where I am going. Thanks for a great idea!

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    Can anyone direct me to some directions for making a quillow? Thanks, Connie

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    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I think they are the perfect age for an I Spy quilt. If you go into your LQS and get 1/4 yard of several cute fabrics, you could do 2 similar quilt tops. Maybe you have some fat quarters in your stash that will work? You could get the story book fabric and do them each a quilt that they could read every night. The pillowcases are a super idea too and easy to make and take. Another cute idea would be a Bug Jar quilt for Alex and a Candy Jar quilt for Charlotte.

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    I have made a few car tag alongs. They are crayon and notebook/coloring book holders for the car. I can post a pic of the two I have on my car. They are great because the kids stuff is contained and hanging on the back of the seat in front of them. I made one in about 2 hours. Cutting included. And the best part is you only need about 2-3 fqs and some stableizer and a bit of ribbon.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    I think they are the perfect age for an I Spy quilt. If you go into your LQS and get 1/4 yard of several cute fabrics, you could do 2 similar quilt tops. Maybe you have some fat quarters in your stash that will work? You could get the story book fabric and do them each a quilt that they could read every night. The pillowcases are a super idea too and easy to make and take. Another cute idea would be a Bug Jar quilt for Alex and a Candy Jar quilt for Charlotte.

    Don't know what an I Spy quilt is, or a Bug Jar or a Candy Jar is. Would appreciate a little more guidance. Thanks.

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    Rag quilts are super easy to make. They are nice in flannels.
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    Have you played the I Spy game with your children? The quilt game is to use easily recognizable conversation prints in a quilt top. You can use any shape but most are just 4 or 5 inch squares. You pick fabrics that have things like footballs, dolls, trucks, trains, puppies, kitties etc. It is fun to sit with them and say, "I Spy with my little eye ....a train" and they look for it and then it's their turn. There are many examples of I Spy quilts on QB, just go to the search feature and type in I Spy.
    There are many Bug Jar quilts on QB too. It is a simple pattern that you make the main jar fabric either a bug print or in the case of Candy Jar a candy print. The net has many free patterns if you search Google. I think the best example of a Bug Jar quilt is under the post "Marco's Brain" or for a simple one my post under Jar Quilt.
    Last edited by Tartan; 02-24-2012 at 07:50 AM.

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    If you bought 2 layer cakes you could make 2 10minute block quilts.

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    conniemaried, Here is a picture of a jar quilt: http://www.gallsewingvac.com/Images/Bug_Jar_Quilt.jpg for a candy quilt there is picture of candies in the 'jar'.

    Here is a simple I spy quilt: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...=0&FORM=IDFRIR

    You can make the I spy out of any block you want, this one is a simple easy pattern. Each square is made with different items and you play the I spy game with them. Cool.

    If you want more samples just google I spy or jar quilts and you will get a thousand ideas.... good luck!

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