Monday, June 13, 2016

A Baby Quilt and Crocheted Sweater for a Special Little One

Hello, Dear Friends, today I would like to share
two handmade gifts I created for a very special 
birthday - my Grandson's 1st birthday <3

Here he is with his very own birthday cake :)

I have saved Ramblin' Man's work shirts 
for years, always intending to sew 
a special quilt if I ever had a grandson! 

Now my wish has come true.....

I found the pattern in this magazine.....

You can still get copies Here.

I made the cover quilt and it was very easy.

I had never made a quilt before!

I spent many happy hours in my sewing room
while thinking of my little grandson.

I simply made some cardboard templates
(from thin cardboard)
and traced them onto the fabric to cut them out.

I kept the different sized stacks together in a tray as I went along.

In between cutting and sewing sessions,
I kept them sweet with some home-made sachets.
(I'll share the tutorial when I share my potpourri recipe)

 I love spending time in my sewing room....
(Once upon a time it was my two daughters' bedroom:)

I try to keep things tidy!
Sometimes it's a losing battle.....

Lots of pressing....

The finished quilt top.
(I made it smaller than the one in the magazine)

The quilt designer used land plats
as her inspiration!

I used thin, 100% organic cotton batting
and backed it with shirting fabric in similar hues.

I did simple machine quilting all over, following the outlines
of the patches.

I used blue binding tape to finish it off.

In the evenings, I was busy crocheting a warm, matching sweater.

I used this free pattern: Bouncing Baby Pullover

This is the second sweater I have made using this pattern.
It's super easy........

I used a sporting weight yarn to make it extra warm and cozy.

Every stitch, made with love....

Some country cuteness:)

Ready for a day on the beach or cuddled up by the fire.

I couldn't resist showing you our sweet
grandson with his first cake once more....

We had so much fun sharing his special day!

Cupcakes for the rest of us:)

Thank you for sharing this precious moment with me,
Dear Friends,
and thank you for your sweet visits!


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  1. Hello Karen,
    Wow I love your gorgeous grandson and happy birthday to him! Your quilt and sweater you made is so beautiful. :)
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  2. Sweet friend, what a joy to visit you this evening and I must say my heart was overwhelmed by the love you poured into the handmade quite. Oh Karen, it's darling and how precious that you gave it to your grandson. That is definitely a keepsake that will be cherished for many years.

    And the sweater is just too cute! You are very talented, my friend. Wishing you a lovely week. Hugs!

  3. Your grandson is so cute. He really enjoyed his cake. I love your quilt. You did a terrific job for the first time. I always wanted to make one. Maybe next winter.

  4. Hey, Karen. Thanks for sharing your grandson's birthday with us. He is adorable and so are his quilt and sweater. When my daddy passed away, I took his cotton shirts and made 7 lap quilts from them that Christmas. One for mama, one each for my 5 siblings and one for me. Needless to say, that was a very emotional Christmas.

  5. What a great idea to make a quilt out of your husband's old work clothes. And that little crocheted sweater is a treasure. You are such a wonderful grandma, Karen. Happy Birthday to your sweet Grandson! He looks adorable trying to figure out just how to eat that birthday cake! These pictures are priceless and will be remembered in years to come.



  6. Oodles of country cuteness here, Karen. Your quilt is beautiful, so many gorgeous blues. What a clever idea to save your husband's shirts to sew something special down the track. The crochet sweater is sweet. Lovely photos of your dear grandson. He looks as if he enjoyed every minute of his special birthday.

  7. What a pretty quilt! I know it will be cherished forever. I've been wanting to make a quilt from men's shirts, but I have such a long list of things to make! The little sweater is precious, and so is your grandson. I can't believe he is a year old already. Where does the time go? Have a great week!

  8. Dear Karen, my friend,
    Happy Birthday to your darling Grandson! Time is runinng so quick ....
    The Quilt and Sweater you made for him are georgeous! and the Cupcakes look so funny :O)
    He can be lucky, to have such a wonderful Grandma like you :O)
    Have a wonderful and blessed week,
    sending Love and hugs to you,
    Claudia xo

  9. Your grandson is adorable and thanks for sharing photos of him on his birthday. Your quilt and sweater are lovely. A few years ago I knitted a sweater for my granddaughter. I made it in neutral colors so another child could wear it too. Take care my friend!
    Becky L

  10. First---what a cutie your little guy is! Love his cute cheeks!

    The quilt is a work of love as is the sweater. I so wish I had these skills. Your gifts will be so much appreciated.

    Finally, I think your workspace is just perfect! :-D

    Thanks for such a sweet comment on my blog the other day!


  11. Happy Birthday!!!
    Cupcakes looks so cute and your granchild too!

  12. Belated Birthday wishes for a sweet boy, he is adorable. Made with love, such beautiful gifts that I am sure will be cherished. I love the idea of using the shirts it really is a delight.

  13. Both the quilt and the jumper are fabulous. I bet you loved making them. Gosh one year old already. Lovely photos of the event. Happy Birthday. B xx

  14. Such a lovely post Karen. What a good idea to use the shirts in that way, your quilt has turned out beautifully but you'd better wait till all the cake has gone before giving it to your grandson! x

  15. Hello, happy 1st birthday to your grandson! He is so sweet! Fun photo with his birthday cake. Your quilt and sweater are both beautiful, I am sure they will be treasured. Have a happy day!

  16. The grandson, quilt, and sweater are all so sweet.

  17. What a gorgeous and inspiring post, dear Karen! Your grandson looks super cute and you have crafted wonderful items for him. Blue may be for boys, but we girls love it too. :)
    Thank you for sharing! xx

  18. Happy birthday to your sweet grandson Karen! You have been so busy making all those beautiful things for him. Both the sweater and the quilt are absolutely lovely. Your daughter must have been delighted with them!

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x

  19. What sweet gifts for such a sweet boy! I am so impressed with you making such a wonderful quilt not ever having made one. And with your husband's shirts! What a great thing it will be for your grandson when he understands what his quilt was made from.

  20. i just adore the personality of the quilt, such a wonderful, creative idea. both gifts, one of a kind, made with lot's of love, there are no better gifts!!

    and i can't believe you have never quilted before, it really looks beautiful!!!

  21. Oh my goodness, a year already!! That is incredible! The quilt and jumper are just adorable! The quilt will be a real treasure, it is beautiful. I made a shirt quilt, but it isn't half as lovely as yours is!

  22. Dear Karen, one can truly feel the love that you hold in your heart for your grandson in this post. How wonderful that you took the time to make him the cute baby sweater and the beautiful quilt. That quilt is stunning, sooo... lovely!
    For some reason what really touched me is that you saved your husband's work shirts in the anticipation to have a grandson one day, long before he was actually born. I think that is really special and I am so happy for you that your wish came true.
    Warm regards,

  23. Happy Birthday to your Grandson! What a cutie! You are very talented, as the sweater and quilt are gorgeous!

  24. What a cutie pie! Birthdays are such fun for the little ones. The sweater is beautiful and the quilt is amazing! I love blue so it's perfect! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

  25. I can't believe your grandson is already a year old, Karen! He is soooo cute! Your quilt and the sweater were certainly stitched with love...that's what we do for our dear ones, and sometimes stitched, as in my case, from things of our loved ones. Thanks for showing your happy projects with us.

  26. The photos of your adorable grandson and his cake are too precious! I just love the expression on his face when he's looking at his cake-covered hands. That was your first attempt at a quilt? Wow, you did an amazing job! The sweater is adorable, too! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

  27. Wow - do I hear a loud round of applause from all over the world? YES I do! What brilliant gifts made with love indeed. I love the way you have used Rambling Man's shirts for the quilt that is so special.
    Wren x

  28. What a brilliant idea to use your Husband's shirts for a special quilt for your very cute Grandson. So many memories and so much love has gone into it's creation.
    I see he thoroghly enjoyed his cake and I'm sure I would have loved one of those delicious little cupcakes!
    Thank you for sharing the crochet pullover pattern. It looks so comfortable to wear and it matches his special quilt perfectly.
    Have a wonderful week Karen :)

  29. Beautiful little sweater and quilt. I think we share a love for same of the same hobbies. What a sweet grandson! Happy birthday to him.
    xx Beca

  30. OMG! I could just hug him so tight. Look at those kissy cheeks. That is some undertaking a Quilt, all by yourself. I just watched the movie American Quilt
    what a fantastic cast. The sweater is so macho. yvonne

  31. Babies have the best cheeks in the world, to kiss to pinch and to suck on! The quit is beautiful and and so is the sweater! Great work!

  32. Hi Karen,your little grandson is adorable! Happy belated birthday to him. The quilt you created is amazing. I loved seeing how you found the pattern and made it from such special fabric. It's so beautiful. And, the little sweater is so cute. I'm sure your grandson will look so cute! Sending you my best wishes, Pat xx

  33. I've said it once, I'll say it a hundred times over....I am in awe of anyone making a quilt. I made one [for Halloween] and vowed that it's too much work. LOL

    I crochet too...and I'm lovin' your sweater. Couldn't be more perfect. And..........the birthday photos? Priceless.

  34. So cute! Happy birthday! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  35. Happy Birthday to your little grandson. What a sweetheart. Love the darling sweater you created. Love your photos and the quilt fabrics are a treasure. How wonderful!! Quilting is something I have not done, yet!! haha, You are an inspiration and so talented. Love seeing a peek in your sewing room. Looks like such a happy place to be.
    Blessings sweet friend. xo

  36. I can't believe Ethan is 1 already!! The time has flown by, hasn't it? He is such a Doll - and getting so big!!

    And what precious personalized gifts Karen...that will mean all that much more because you lovingly made them. I bet his folks hold on to them as precious keepsakes to hand over for his own kiddos one day. ;)

    Those cupcakes were pretty adorable too. Photos like this are of pure love, blessings and hope - especially lately in our troubled world.

    Thanks for sharing sweet Friend. xoxo

  37. Lovely gifts.
    The quilt is a good effort and the jumper looks super .

  38. What a precious gift made from his grandfather's shirts; a gift he'll cherish for years to come. He's such a cutie!!!

  39. Wonderful photo's of your grandson ... a first birthday is so special.
    Love all the things you made for him.

    All the best Jan

  40. Happy Birthday sweet Little One! Oh how precious he is with his cake! And I absolutely LOVE the items you made for him. The quilt is wonderful, and the crocheted sweater is so great! There is nothing sweeter than sewing and quilting (and crocheting!) for a little grandson or grand-daughter. Sweet, sweet, sweet!!!!


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