Monday, July 13, 2015

But, I'm over it now!

Cooking With Jane

I have entered my rendition of the Jane Stickle quilt, “Quilting with Jane” in our state show (Maine Quilts 2015) at the end of the month. So, being as how I made this in the potholder method, I thought I’d better make sure it hangs properly before I send it off. Hmmm… as you can see I have a bit of a problem with the cone shaped border pieces. If I had thought to do one border first I would have figured out that all I had to do was shave 1/16th off each cone and it would have been fine. I even contemplated re-doing all of them, but I quickly changed my mind. First of all, I enjoyed making it. It was a fun challenge so if I never show it again, so be it. 

See the wavy border - Argh!


But more importantly, I discovered after hanging it in the dining room, that my grandson LOVES it! He is 4 ½ and with his autism, verbal communication is very difficult for him. He stays over at Nana and Grandpa’s every Wednesday night and when he passed by it, he did an instant double take. His eyes and big smile said it all and he pointed out every shape from circle to pentagon (he loves his shapes!). So, conclusion – I am hanging it in his room and he can count the shapes as he falls asleep. What a great solution! 

Thanks Nana - I love it!


33 comments:

  1. Your quilt is absolutely STUNNING!!!!! What a wonderful grandma you are! Your grandson will enjoy this quilt FOREVER! Warms my heart!

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    1. Thanks Paulette. I am amazed at how he reacted to it since he has lots of other quilts around him.

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  2. Quilt as communication!!!!
    What a gift!

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    1. Hmmm, maybe I have started something! I used to teach horseback riding to children with autism, maybe I should consider quilting with them!

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    1. Every little thing helps. He is a treasure.

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  4. Congratulations for this masterpiece ! No doubt that you little grandson loves it !! Despite of his autism, he can communicate thanks to the colors !! That's wonderful and how proud you can be !
    Hugs !

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  5. Your quilt is as handsome as your grandson and you should be very proud of them both!!!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this story.:) Love that your grandson can communicate via your beautiful quilt.

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    1. It is amazing! Quilts do bring out the best in everyone!

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  7. great quilt....hanging them up does tell a story. Go to Sharing the Weight to learn how to make a weighted quilt for children with autism. www.sharingtheweight.org My niece and nephew have started this program as there is such a need for weighted blankets.
    Julee Prose

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    1. Thanks Julee. I will check it out. He has two small nap sizes. I need to make him a lap one for lunch time at school.

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  8. What an accomplishment! It's gorgeous. Extra bonus that your grandson loves it!

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    1. It was fun although I can't say that I would make another!

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  9. It's beautiful Wendy, wavy or not, and how wonderful that your little grandson loves it!

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    1. I knew it wouldn't hang perfectly. It is hard to get the potholder quilts to hang straight with all those bindings, but now it just doesn't matter! Thanks Hilda.

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  10. Your quilt is a masterpiece. Now you know why you made it.

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    1. Indeed, but I'm sure I won't be crazy enough to do another one.

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  11. Oh! I've got goosebumps all over, what a special quilt for your special grandson :)

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    1. Yes, I had the same reaction when he first smiled at it. I might make one just for him with only shapes that he likes. He is a cutie!

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  12. It's a wonderful accomplishment. Delightful your ha dome grandson loves it. That's a celebration!

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  13. gorgeous quilt of course, wendy but your grandson's response? priceless...he is adorable!

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  14. Your quilt is absolutely stunning! I'm sad that you think it's not worthy of showing. The hanging issue doesn't seem that bad to me at all.
    I have a suggestion that I've used:
    Stitch a running stitch from the bottom up tightening it slightly as you go. You can do a few lines hidden in the ditch or along the binding. It really has helped me.
    In the meantime how wonderful that your grandson loves and appreciates it. I had a Nana too :)

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Barb. I hadn't thought of that before. I did raise the sleeve a bit on the ends and that seemed to help a little bit. Not worried, I love it and so does Caton and that is o.k. by me! Thanks for your kind comments.

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  15. Wow! That is really awesome that it caught your GS's attention. The quilt looks great and a masterpiece in my eyes!

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    1. Thanks Lori, I do love it either way and it was a lot of fun to make.

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  16. Border problem or not, it is an awesome quilt. And how interesting that it caught your grandson's avid attention.

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    1. thanks Karen, I love it more now for sure.

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  17. Just gorgeous! Quite an accomplishment.

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