Saturday, September 24, 2011

Soon-to-be Big Boy Morgan

I want to share with you one of my latest projects. No, not quilting. Sometimes, other things take precedence. My first grandchild, Morgan, will turn one year old this coming week, and I'm so proud of him. That first year is so amazing, and even though we live hundreds of miles away, I've been able to cuddle, and watch him grow with nearly monthly visits, either at their home, or with visit from his family to mine. In March, I actually got to see him 3 times as I crossed paths on my travels to and from the quilts show in Pigeon Forge, TN, and the AQS Quilt Show and introduction of my new book in Lancaster County, PA.  Then, we spent a little time at Kerry and Hilary's house while celebrating Kerry's birthday and their 9th anniversary over the Labor Day holidays.

While at their house, Hilary decided that she wanted to make a birthday outfit for Morgan. She'd found something similar online for well over $100, but she knew we could make it for much less, so off to the fabric store we went. She found a cute turtle-embellished denim for the pants, and a pattern for pants, shirt, and overalls. We added roll up/down contrast striped cuffs on the pants to allow for his rapid growth, and the pants were finished very quickly. But not without Morgan noticing the rotary cutter, which was soon buried under layers of cloth. (Out-of-sight, Out-of-mind, but this game probably won't work much longer with him.)
First birthday suit

I brought the scraps of denim and striped fabric back to Ponca City, and had a great time revamping the shirt pattern to make a matching jacket, and appliqu├ęd "1" on the purchased T-shirt. Hilary then sent me the pic of the finished project on our little model Morgan. So cute, I had to share it with you.
Morgan's little outfit

The week following our visit found Kerry and family in Philadelphia, PA with his brother Kelly. Kelly lives in a beautifully remodeled walk-up near the Art Museum. He owns my quilt Internet, and it hangs proudly on his living room wall. I love this picture of him with Morgan and the quilt as the backdrop for the photo.

At Uncle Kel's house
Snuggle with Grandma
The last morning of our visit to Memphis, Morgan and I woke up before the rest. After the obligatory diaper change, he and I cuddled up under the quilt I made for him before he made his arrival into this world last September. That will be a precious memory for the rest of my life, as he and I sat together quietly in his mother's rocking chair, just listening to the early morning sounds of the world waking up while we warmed each other snuggling under that quilt. Grandma MiMi loves Morgan!

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