Measuring, cutting, assembling and sewing 1080 pieces of flannel material and batting proved to be less a challenge than I had been led to believe. Almost like magic, woodland animals, paw prints and muted forest colors fell into a mosaic and the mosaics sewn into five quilts.
At this point in time, I could face anything.
My daughter and daughter-in-law each called to find out about the plans for Thanksgiving and what they should bring. Casually, I mentioned I had finished the Christmas gifts for the kids.
I was having some misgivings. The four boys, in particular, had always gotten rough n tumble-type presents and quilts probably weren’t in that category.
My daughter just mused, Quilts? Oh….
My daughter-in-law was more direct, Quilts? For the boys? Really? Really? What were you thinking?
By Thanksgiving, I wasn’t sure the whole idea was going to fly. But the idea had gone long past concept and the five quilts were finished, neatly folded, stacked and tucked in the back of my closet.
Within minutes of arriving, both daughter and daughter-in-law said, ok, let’s see them. I could almost hear the unsaid background conversation, Boys. Quilts. Geez….
The girls disappeared down the hall and into my room. Dead silence.
I went back to my room, not quite knowing what to expect.
These are beautiful! They’re amazing! The kids are going to LOVE THEM! Where’s ours???
On Christmas day, surrounded by mountains of toys, Christmas wrapping and ribbon, the grandkids tore into their last gifts, the bags holding the quilts. At first, they grinned, and then, following the youngest’s lead, wrapped themselves into the cozy flannel.
Late that evening, the kids curled under the blankets in front of the dying embers of a Christmas fire. Exhausted from the day, eyelids heavy with sleep, they looked up at me and murmured, Awesome, Grandma, awesome.
- Six years later, all five kids still use the quilts all winter, either on their beds or and just snuggled up watching TV or reading on cold evenings. Truly awesome!
- I love making rag quilts. I’m an addict. I admit it. It’s a semi-creative, meditative activity. A small cuddly flannel quilt can be assembled and finished in less than five hours, a perfect evening or winter’s afternoon project. By watching for sales, the cost can be held to under $15 a quilt, a bargain if there ever was one. The challenge was what to do with them.
Enter Project Linus, a non-profit organization that distributes homemade blankets to needy or traumatized children and local community groups that distribute lap blankets to needy seniors in nursing homes.
So very, very awesome!