Making Quilts for My Grandchildren


I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.Before I get to today’s post, I need to share a little back story.

My mother’s grandchildren graduated from high school, she made them quilts.

When they got married, she made them quilts.

When her grandchildren had children, my mother made baby quilts for her great-grandchildren.

Mom made quilts and randomly gave them to her kids. She even donated some quilts to some organizations.

When my father passed away 13 years ago, she made quilt tops and put in a closet.

Needless to say, she has made lots of quilts!

We had a family reunion 2 1/2 years ago. At the reunion, Mom said she wanted to clean out her closet and give those quilt tops to her children. So my siblings and I met at her house and we divided them up.

Mom had 5 children. Each one of her children was given 22 quilt tops.

Let’s do the math on this. Five children times 22 equals 110. That means in 13 years, my mother made over 110 quilt tops — and that doesn’t count the ones she made and gave to her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

Earlier this year, I checked out how much it would cost me if I paid someone to machine quilt those quilts for me.

Wow!

That was quite a big amount of money!

My friend suggested that we go in together and buy a long-arm quilting machine. Which means we would have a machine and quilt our own quilts. Which meant I would save money in the long-run by buying the quilting machine and machine quilting the quilts myself.

So, my friend and I bought a long-arm quilting machine in May.

I decided to make quilts for my grandchildren and give them the quilts to them for Christmas.

And this brings me to my post today. I’m going to show you the quilts that I made for my grandchildren.

So here we go!

The first quilt I did was the one pictured above. But, it was for my oldest son instead of any of my grandchildren. I did a feather design on it.

Here’s the next quilt. On the two borders (the pink one and the floral) I did a rose pattern. I quilted around the small squares in the next inner order. In the middle, I sewed hearts, daisies, and loop-de-loops.

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

In this quilt, I sewed an interlocking rectangle pattern in the blue border. I sewed circles in the blue floral border. I did stitch-in-the-ditch around the rectangle border and around the squares. Inside the squares, I sewed a really small stippling stitch. I did an outline stitch around the figures inside the blocks (the butterfly, heart, mushroom, etc.).

The blue border and the backing were made out of flannel. That made it so cuddling for my grandson!

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

For this quilt, I used a stippling stitch in the light border on the top and bottom of the quilt. I sewed roses in the dark pink border. In the inside, I sewed hearts, daisies, and loop-de-loops.

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

For this quilt, Mom used up a lot of her scraps of fabric. I quilted a feather pattern for this one.

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

I sewed stitch-in-the-ditch around the stars in this quilt and around the green border and the green squares. I sewed mini-stippling in the blue border and in the green area.

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

This chevron pattern and the skinny rectangles were fun to do a stitch-in-a-ditch pattern. I used yellow flannel because this was for a grandson who loved the color yellow. (And, I wanted a soft, cuddling backing for him!)

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

I used the same pattern for this quilt that I used for the other quilts for my other granddaughters: stippling in the light pink border, a rose pattern in the darker pink border, circles in the next border, and then daisies, hearts, and loop-de-loops in the center.

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

I did stippling in the pink border and roses in the next. I sewed hearts, daisies, and loop-de-loops. (I got pretty good sewing those hearts, daisies, and loop-de-loops!)

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

And here’s the 10th quilt! I sewed stippling in the light pink border and roses in the next border and circles in the small pink border. And, of course, I sewed hearts, daisies, and loop-de-loops in the middle.

I made these quilts for my grandkids doing a free-style design on a long-arm quilting machine.

As a little something special, I sewed in a message in each quilt. It was a simple one that said Grandma loves (name of grandchild). When they unwrapped their present, I told them they had to find that secret message. They had loads of fun searching for it.

My friend also made a special little patch that I sewed on the back of each quilt. The patch said: Made with love for you. Pieced by Great-grandmother Richards, quilted by Grandma Lewis.

It was fun to see the grandkids unwrap their quilts and have fun wrapping up in them. I also gave them a book so they could wrap up in the quilt and read their book.

What a fun Christmas we had.

(But, phew! I’m glad that I was able to get all of the quilts made in time for Christmas! Now, I have the other 12 quilt tops to quilt!)


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16 thoughts on “Making Quilts for My Grandchildren

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    They are a twin bed size roughly 39 inches by 75 inches. That was an easy size to quilt and a good size to cover the grand kids. My oldest is 8 years old and his quilt fit him so you should be fine with that size.

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    You are so sweet! I’m having fun quilting them. Now that I’m finished with the ones for my grandkids, I’ve got the other 10 to quilt!

  • April J Harris

    What a lovely tradition your mother started, Nina, and how wonderful that you are continuing it! I love your quilts, they are absolutely beautiful. What a fabulous gift to give your Grandchildren, particularly with the special message in each one. Your quilts are real heirlooms! Featuring this post at Heath and Soul this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

  • Elizabeth

    Wow! I love your story, and that you’re passing that heritage on to your grands. I’m curious as to how big your quilts are. I make quilts for my grandchildren’s eighth birthdays but haven’t settled on a size yet.

  • Grammy Dee

    WOW! Your mom sure loved quilting, huh? So, you made 9 quilts for Christmas in 6-7 months, did I figure that out correctly? They are all so pretty. You did great! I’m sure the grandbabies love them 🙂 You are inspiring me but I don’t even have an idea what a long-arm quilting machine is 🙂 Thank you for sharing this post at the Wednesday AIM Link Party. I pinned it to Pinterest. I don’t see any social media share buttons, am I overlooking them?

  • Carol

    Your mother was so talented and thoughtful and your quilts are beautiful. My sister-in-law quilts and her gifts are some of my most prized possessions.

  • Joyce

    I am amazed! The quilts are just beautiful! Colors are spectacular and workmanship excellent on each one! I am currently in the slow hand-quilting process of making one for each of my 10 grandchildren. Your long arm machine purchase was a really smart idea!