Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

I've been getting a ton of spam since I turned off the word verification for posting comments. I'm sorry to have to do this, but if you're an anonymous commenter, you won't be able to comment here. =( Sorry about that, but I'm tired of getting so much spam filling my inbox.

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Warning: This will be a picture-heavy post!

So, my mother-in-law turns 60 this week. A pretty big milestone, I think. She's not big into birthday parties though. So in an effort to do something really special for her birthday, I enlisted the help of everyone in the family to make her a quilt.

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

My friend, Colleen, made a quilt like this for her mom last year and she had some great tips on how to put this one together.

I gave everyone a piece of Kona white fabric that was 10.5" square and asked them to use Crayola crayons to drawer a picture for Nana. It could be a favorite memory, something the person admires about Nana, and so on.

I was really impressed with everyone's drawings. Some were sweet, some were funny. It was a good mix.

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

Nana's 60th Birthday Quilt

The finished quilt measures about 70x70. I limited the quilting to straight lines on both sides of each seam so it wouldn't cut into any of the pictures. Quilting this way also helps the quilt drape really nicely.

We gave her the quilt on Sunday, and she cried while opening it...just the reaction we were hoping for.

Happy birthday, Nana! We love you!

16 comments:

Jessica Kelly said...

This is so cute Brooke! Love the idea, and I have been getting a ton of spam comments also, argh.

Julie said...

What a wonderful gift of memories.

Nana J said...

The quilt is amazing, Brooke. Thank you so much for coordinating everyone's efforts.
Does anyone have a good idea on how to safely hang this on the wall?

Shannon said...

I love your quilt! What happens to the crayon when you wash the quilt and wasn't it hard to color on the fabric without some kind of stabilizer (especially for the kids)?

Barbie Mills said...

This is great! Happy birthday to your mother in law!

-A said...

Denise - I'm sure Brooke (or Mary Tibbets?) would probably have a better idea of where to get them, but there a variety of wall mount clips/shelves and such.

Shannon - You iron the crayon to set the design and remove the excess wax so washing isn't a problem. It was a bit tricky (especially for the kids) to color, but I just tried to hold the fabric tight for them. You could probably stabilize the fabric with freezer paper, too.

Thanks, Brooke, for organizing this project. I love how it all came together!

-A said...

Denise - I'm sure Brooke (or Mary Tibbets?) would probably have a better idea of where to get them, but there a variety of wall mount clips/shelves and such.

Shannon - You iron the crayon to set the design and remove the excess wax so washing isn't a problem. It was a bit tricky (especially for the kids) to color, but I just tried to hold the fabric tight for them. You could probably stabilize the fabric with freezer paper, too.

Thanks, Brooke, for organizing this project. I love how it all came together!

Katie B. said...

Of course she cried! What an amazing gift!

Colleen said...

I love it Brooke! Those are some really cute drawings your family did. Perfect gift.

Debbie said...

oh that is just awesome!!

Angela Nash said...

That is so wonderful!!!

thepalmierifamily said...

What a great idea! How do you set the pictures so that they don't bleed? I saw a comment about ironing. Is that all you had to do?

Slrpycow said...

What an awesome present! I am so impressed by everyone's pictures. It means a ton to me and I am only a cousin. Great idea and execution Brooke.

Slrpycow said...

What an awesome present! I am so impressed by everyone's pictures. It means a ton to me and I am only a cousin. Great idea and execution Brooke.

Kati said...

Love how this came together Brooke!

TheQueen@TerrorsInTiaras said...

Well, I almost cried looking at it, too. It brought back some memories for me. What a great idea. I love it! Well done.

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