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Thread: personal challenge: quilts for all grandchildren by Christmas

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    Senior Member cat-on-a-mac's Avatar
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    I have 7 grandkids and challenged myself to make them all quilts for their Christmas presents this year. The older 5 are girls, ages 6-12, and the youngest 2 are boys, ages 3 and 4.

    I just finished the 5th of the quilts for the girls, and couldn't wait to show you all the pictures. I'm planning to do flannel rag quilts for the boys, which I'll get started on now.

    I decided to try lots of new things in making these quilts -- new to me, anyway. Learned a lot!

    So, here are the 5 quilts, and what was new for me:

    * string quilt in purples for 12 yr old -- I used drier sheets for the foundation; also tried "dwirling" for the quilting, and did a flanged binding
    * wonky squares for 10 yr old -- the squares themselves were the learning experience. Lots of fun!
    * orange quilt for 9 yr old -- my first attempt at applique; another flanged binding
    * fish for 7 yr old -- I added some cording around the squares of fish; scrappy border and binding
    * "gum drops" for 6 yr old -- I used high loft batting to try to make this one really puffy and soft

    I used flannel backings for all 5 quilts. I wanted these to be really soft and cuddly. Also, I monogrammed their names in the quilts with glow in the dark thread. I'm not sure yet how well that really glows, but I figured they would get a kick out of it if it does.

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    close up of dwirling
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    wonky quilt
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    gum drop with high loft batting
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    Very beautiful quilts no favourite love them all.

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    What a great collection!! Real beauties!

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    Your grandchildren will be THRILLED. What beautiful, fun gifts and so special because you made them for them. How fun. Thank you for sharing.

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    Oh, you did great Cat! :D

    Love the "skinny tumblers" with the red applique!

    (although many of them could be my favorite!)

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    Wow, what a challenge. You have so many done already, I hope all goes well from here.

    They are beautiful. I love the flower applique that you put on the one. That and the bee, what a great touch.

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    WOW! Great job(s)! Love them all!

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    Fantastic Christmas wishes. You have done a wonderful job.

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    hope to see the future ones.

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    they're all gorgeous! your grandkids will love them, especially having their names monogrammed into them. good luck with the next 2!!!

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    Lovely, What special presents!

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    Great Quilts!! The glow in the dark thread is neat. I quilted a camping quilt for the grands with all kinds of bugs using the glow in the dark thread. They were always ready for bed so they could see the bugs!

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    those are all amazing!

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    Great job on all of them. You grandchildren will be thrilled.

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    WOW! They are amazing! :)

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    Good Job!! :thumbup: Your gandkids will be so happy!!

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    These are charming! It will be a great Christmas for your grandchildren. The are all beautiful.

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    Beautiful

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    if i call you grandma, will you put me on your list? :) those are just gorgeous!

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    Awesome, love them all.

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    They're all winners.

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    these are all darling! Lucky grandkiddos!

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    wish you were my grand ma
    i love them all

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    Love them all but especially the string and wonky quilts!

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    They are all so cute! I love the variety of patterns & fabrics you used!

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