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Have You Made Something For Your First (Imaginary) Great-Grandchild Yet?   General Discussion

Started 11/12/21 by judyinohio; 1073 views.
Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

11/12/21

*Love* your circle quilt for your yet-to-be-born grandchildren!

I have kinda/sorta done a similar thing.   You might remember those very easy self-mitering blankets that were popular some time ago? Well, I've made them in my girls' "colors".

Well, at least for the 2 girls who *might* get married & have children.  (I would be very, *very* surprised if either one of them decided to become a single mother intentionally. ) 

Our oldest daughter decided some years ago that she just was not interested in having kids.  Fair enough; that's a valuable piece of self-knowledge to have.  We raised our family; I can't tell them to have a family for them to raise.

Although I haven't explicitly pieced a quilt for a future grandchild,  I do have some potential candidates hanging in my Tops To Be Qulited closet,  as well as some interesting patterns that I haven't made yet.

I think this is a good plan.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

11/12/21

I don't know much about the twins at all and so for all I know they may never intend to have children.

I will merely present the quilt to my son and his wife and tell them of the tradition that quilt makers in our family inflict quilts on gene carriers ... LOL

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

11/12/21

My Omi (Granny) made several quilts for my children's children before she passed. One was made of a very silky fabric and my granddaughter (my son's first baby) loved it to pieces. The other is tucked away for my daughter, if she ever has a baby.

I think this is a wonderful tradition. I was an older mom at 40 with my first child so my two daughters are still pretty young and I am just hoping for grandchildren. I should go thru my finished quilts and tops and see if there are any candidates for grands and great grands. 

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

11/12/21

It's nice to know I'm causing  you to look at your stash of finished quilts and tops with an eye toward reserving at least one for your first "grand".  Just don't tell a daughter, though, but put it aside as a secret gift ...   certainly don't want to give a kid any ideas.  LOL

latterberry

From: latterberry

11/13/21

I remember when you were making  that lovely quilt. In fact, I see some Illinois black and whites in there.  Many years ago I made a quilt out of my mom's embroidered linens with the intention of it being for my DD's wedding.  Well, she is still single so I'll just put a note on it for her to have it when I'm gone.  She  is the only one of my three that puts sentimental value on things.  It was way too much work and too big  to leave to a great grandchild to drag around.  I love your plan to prepare for a great--I may have to think of doing that too.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

11/13/21

I'm glad I put that "bee in your bonnet".  With all the charity quilts you have made for children it is time for you to make something special to tuck away  for your first great-grandchild.

Hide it in the back of a linen closet.

MelRN

From: MelRN

11/13/21

What a sweet story! And I love your new version :D 

MelRN

From: MelRN

11/13/21

Suze, off toppic, but what language is Omi? I don't recognize it! :D 

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Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

11/13/21

German... Formal term is Oma  meaning Grandmother (Opa being the term for Grandfather) Omi is the equivalent of Granny. I never got to met my Opa - he passed before my parents got married.

My Omi was a very prolific charity quilter - she lead a group from her church called the Dorcas which met at her house once a month for intensive scrap quilting...a couple of ladies would cut out the material - they used scissors and cardboard templates, a couple of ladies would sew the squares together - she had at least 5 sewing machines set up in her double-wide, and when the ladies sewing would get done with a quilt, they pushed her  furniture in the living room to the edges and batted, backed and tied the quilts. They would pin the edge into a knife edge and back to the sewing machine it would go. Very efficient!

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