Friday, April 12, 2013

RED, GOLD AND SUNFLOWERS

 The loooong awaited big day is tomorrow so I'm showing off the project which 
took over the living room and left DH and me bruised and bleeding.

Number One Granddaughter met and became engaged to a young man from
California (we won't hold that against him) last summer.
Mother of the Bride has been in a fluff ever since.  At last tomorrow is the wedding. 


As Grandma, I took it upon myself to make her a quilt for the occasion.  
 I was able to find fabric in the specified colors with sunflowers, the bride's choice.
It's not a work of art--as in pieced and hand stitched.  But it's tied at the corner of
every square of the fabric pattern. And it's large.

DH helped me set it up in the living room and it seemed to stretch off into infinity.
When he saw he wasn't getting to his favorite lounge chair until the quilt
came off the frames my Dear Hubby took up a needle and yarn
 and helped me tie, and tie, and tie.

I used a thimble and a piece of an old rubber glove to protect my fingers.
DH used his favorite needle-nose pliers.

In just a few days we got it down to the last row.  
It took us quite a while to clip between all the knots.
Not long after that I finished the edges. There will be a big reveal this evening since it
will be part of the reception decorations.  I doubt the bride will have time to read blogs
so I'm showing it off a little early.  

Family and friends are gathering to celebrate.  It's getting pretty crazy and fun at the 
same time.  We're happy for them and excited to welcome the groom to the clan.
He's the young man who will probably be the father of my first great grandchild.
I'm trying not to think about what that will make ME.

13 comments:

Sarah said...

That is a great achievement, and I love it that DH helped you-even if it was partly so he could get back to his favourite chair! I don't know this tying technique and will google it in a minute. I wish you and your family all the best for the big day!

gowestferalwoman said...

and im so glad you are healthy enough to enjoy all the festivities!

and now i know that those hand tied quilts are not tied one by one on the little squares...I learned something! ;)

fishducky said...

It's beautiful--& MAZEL TOV to your granddaughter!!

TALON said...

Leenie, you just created a most magnificent heirloom! How gorgeous!

I know I treasure the afghan's my mother so beautifully crafted for me...all my kids and my hubby, too, have their own and they are all treasured and jealousy guarded (especially against feline attacks of kneading!) :)

Joanne Noragon said...

How beautiful. Potential grandmothers still have it in them!

Buttons said...

Oh Leenie it is GORGEOUS and it is going to mean so much more than a crystal bowl:)
I like the trick with the rubber gloves it can be very dangerous doing quilts and nice to know there is safety equipment out there:)
Have fun and congratulations to the happy couple. Great job DH are you busy next month? B

Linda Sue said...

Great G'ma Leenie! what an ambitious project! Oh happy day, what an event! YAY!!!

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

That was a big job....surely, something she will treasure forever.

Terry and Linda said...

WOW! That is beautiful! I love the colors, not just the typical yellow. Having a grandchild getting married...whew! Time really does fly!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Anzu said...

You seem to be having fun.
Take care of yourself.(o^∇^o)ノ

Anairam said...

Wow - that is pretty fantastic! Both the quilt and the fact that you may be a great-granny in a few years' time!

Elizabeth Wix said...

I think it will make you THRILLED (the great grandma bit I think!)

Anzu said...

Leenie, are you all right ?
I hope nobody of your family were wounded in the explosion in Texas.