Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wonky Star Baby Quilt


I spent a couple weeks this month sewing another baby quilt.
Pink, Brown, Green and White

I've made quite a few baby quilts this past year. But this one is kinda special.
All bundled up and ready to go...

I had fun doing some Wonky Star's.
Wonky Star Crib Size Quilt
The quilt finished just a bit bigger then a crib size quilt. Approx. 45" x 60"

The fabrics were easy to pick out. The parents chose these colors for the nursery.
Wonky Star Baby Quilt

It's going to be a very cute nursery for a very cute little girl.
Quilted in Flowers

The little one hasn't arrived yet. She's coming in April.
Quilted in Flowers
The quilting was inspired by THIS post from Elizabeth of Oh Fransson!
So how do I know she's cute?
Green Wonky Star

Well I figure with the parents good looks, she can't be anything but cute!
Quilt Rolled Up

And I might be a little partial too.

Can you guess why?
Embroidered Label
Many of my nieces and nephews call me Auntie Jo.
So my new "name" was pretty easy to "choose". ;o)


Uh huh. Our first to be exact!

We can't wait for our first grand-baby to arrive!
Wonky Star Baby Quilt


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Penny said...

The first to comment never wins...oh well.
But I just need to congratulate you! I'm not a grandparent yet but I think my advice would be to enjoy this little bundle of joy...you're allowed to spoil her!!! That's the best part of being a grandparent:)

prairiewhisper said...

I may not be a gramma, But I have give my parents 2 grandbabies and another on the way this june. My advice is spoil them. Always play on the floor. My kids love it when my mom gets down and plays on the floor and ignores me LOL!

Lee said...

wow congratulations how exciting! the quilt is adorable as she will be too! I am with Penny spoil her and visit as often as you can, my parents both live 3000miles away and hardly see these grandkids.

Bluebell60 said...

Grandchildren are such a joy! It's almost like a second childhood for the grandparents.....you see things differently and have so much more time to enjoy all the little things.

Tina said...

Oh, Jodi, how exciting! We just skyped with my niece so my mother could meet her newest great granddaughter. It's so easy to forget how tiny newborns are. My brother is the best grandpa. His granddaughters call him Pop and always go to him first. He's always happy and the girls are just drawn to his joy.

beth said...

I love your baby quilt! congratulations Grandma!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Congratulations!! How exciting! Just show her lots of love. My daughter spent her first night away from me when she was 3 months old. She stayed with my mom and it was probably the best thing I did. She is now 5 and LOVES spending the night there and goes willingly with my in-laws to New Hampshire for several days. the one and one time between her and her grandparents is the best. Congratulations again!

Sandy Workman said...

I am sure you need no advice, your heart will tell you just what to do. Congratulations!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Blogged!
http://misspunkiepie.blogspot.com/2011/03/giveaway.html

Aaron and Julie said...

so fun!!! one of my favorite memories is spending the night at my grandparents and in the morning my grandpa would make this delicious homemade plum syrup!! YumI still dream about it

Phyllis said...

Congratulations to you and your family. The quilt is beautiful. I'm not a grandparent yet but I love the fact that grandparents get to spoil the children no matter what. Enjoy that little one when she arrives.

Aaron and Julie said...

linked it on my face book ; )
trulyjuly@juno.com

Adrienne said...

Congratulations, Grandma Jo! You are going to love having a granddaughter. My grandma always made me feel as though I was the most special person in the world - she had my favorite cookies when we visited. When she came to visit she always brought a special, little gift for me. Something that she knew I would just love.
~Adrienne~

Kirsten and Tracy said...

Oh congratulations!!! My 1st granddaughter (and only, so far) is almost 2. This has been the best 2 years! Fortunately, she lives only a few miles away so I see her frequently. Just have fun and enjoy her because the time goes even faster with grandbabies than it did with our babies! And if she lives close, don't plan to get much accomplished if she's around because the world pretty much stops when you have the chance to cuddle and snuggle and play with a grandbaby!

Tracy

Aaron and Julie said...

Posted giveaway on my blog
http://justusmanginos.blogspot.com/

trulyjuly@juno.com

zarina said...

I love your title - because I nearly missed the giveaway.
concerningzarina at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I have 5 grandchildren...I love spoiling them and then sending them home...You can eat cake for breakfast at grandmas, you can play in the mud at grandmas, you can stay up all night at grandmas, you can help me cook at grandmas, you get read 3 or more books at nighttime at grandmas.... Grandkids are the best!!

Ellyn said...

oh congrats to you! no words of advice to you. I'll be looking to you for those someday! My grandma used to record her voice reading story books (on cassette tapes in those days) then she would mail me the tape & book! I remember listening to them over & over

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Congrats! Time to baby-proof the house again! ha ha. Just don't spoil her any more than the other grandma ;)

Miss Butterfly said...

Congratulations are in order !
I'm not a grandparent yet but I can see the special bond there is between my son and my parents... His face just light up when they come over to visit and he spends hours talking on the phone with them ...
My advice is not to worry you will know what to do when she is here ...just enjoy ...have fun and spoil her to bits !

debstokes said...

I'm so excited for you. I have one granddaughter that is now 3 years old. I never imagined she would be so much fun. Grandchildren are totally different than your own kids. Enjoy every minute you have with her - it will pass too fast! I don't have a blog. My email is DebStokes@sbcglobal.net. And you quilt is beautiful - very lucky little girl!! Deborah

Staci said...

I'd love to give you some advice, but I don't have any. My children are childless so far, and I never knew my grandparents. I hope that someday when I am a grandma, I can make all kinds of messes with the little ones. I hope we can bake things and craft things, and play in the dirt. And after we are all tired and ready for the rest, that we can cuddle up and read books. That's what I hope for some day.

Lisa said...

Wow! That is so exciting. I'm working on a wonky star quilt too so it was fun to see yours.

pajudie said...

Congratulations on your first grand-baby - she'll always be a little extra special for you. Just enjoy her - and keep making those wonderful quilts :o)
Judie

Anina said...

Congratulations Jodi! Wow! And you've known all this time and didn't tell us?

Connie said...

Congratulations! I have 3 grandchildren and they are so much fun! Spoil! Spoil! Spoil! That is what grandparents are for.

joyce said...

I am also waiting for my first grandchild in April! I have been sewing up a storm and loving every minute!

steuernagel1st@gmail.com

Joelle said...

Gorgeous baby quilt! My grandma used to let me have coke and potato sticks, both unavailable at home. ANDDDDD- she had been an actress and had the most fantastic dress up clothes, complete with hats, and costume jewelry. I miss her and it's been over 40 years since she died. Sigh.

Impera_Magna said...

Oh, how exciting... I'm thrilled for you and your family! Grandchildren are the best... I keep trying to talk the kids into giving me a few more grandbabies but I've not been successful yet!

Love the darling baby quilt... what a very special welcome for your precious granddaughter!

Francis said...

I know one thing my kids LOVE about their grandma is that she takes time every Sunday night (when we are over for dinner) to read them books & sing songs. Its tradition!

Carol said...

I am so happy for you! I am a grandma 7 times already. I love having my grandbabies over to my house. In fact, I am babysitting right now, so my daughter and hubby can have a trip to New York. Thanks for the giveaway. quiltexas@gmail.com

Diane N said...

Congratulations! You'll love being a grandma...I know my mom does! I love that I live close to my parents and my kids get to see them almost every day!

Becca Jo said...

I love it when my mom has "grandma camp" and has the kids over for crafts and snacks and sometimes sleepovers.

Linsey F said...

Congratulations! Obviously your job as Grandma is to spoil her, but don't forget to honor her mommy and daddy's wishes too! She is lucky to start her life with a quilt made with so much love!

linsey004(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tracy said...

Congrats on being a gramma! :) I have no advice on BEING a gramma, I have a 2 year old. However, some of my fondest memories of my grandpa was getting up really early with him and eating breakfast on the porch with him. My Gramma and I would spend LOTS of time tending to her roses. So I guess, just spend time with her and you'll develop your own wonderful memories. :)

My Mom is always stealing my son away to just spend time with him. And his "Nana" is someone he has to talk to daily. And he's 2. My niece is 12 and my brother has her every other weekend, but one of those nights has to be spent with "Nana".

RaeLyn said...

Oh Congrats! That quilt is absolutely beautiful. My advice (as a mom, not a grandma yet) is to go help when the wee babe comes. You might be tempted to clean and cook (though that is ALWAYS helpful and welcome), but sometimes the best help for a new mom is to just hold and love the baby while mom sleeps. Enjoy being a Grandma!

Julie B said...

Congratulations! While I am not a grandparent yet...my children adore quality time with their grandparents. Creating a personal connection with the child and knowing details of their lives and interests makes a huge difference! Can't wait to quilt for my family and their children :)

Laura said...

Congrats! And the quilt is beautiful. One of my favorite memories of my grandmother is when she would do stuff not "typical" of a grandma. She could kick butt at Nintendo games!

Heidi said...

I remember getting in my grandpa's truck and driving to the candy store.
heidikittelson at gmail dot com

lorene said...

you are embarking on the best adventure the Lord can give you! being a GRANDMA!!!! yahooooo!!! I have 18 grandkiddos! love everyone of them. one of my favorite things to do is say, "your my favorite 14 year old AZ gal! or your are my favorite redheaded 7 year old boy. something that is specific to them. they love it. they all think that they are my fav! when I see them, it's always hello beautiful or hello handsome! of course they are. but they do like hearing it. I LOVE being a grandma!!!

Hello Grandma, doesn't that sound so wonderful?

Lorene

Sue said...

Congratulations grandma! I was thinking, did I go to the wrong blog, Jody can't be old enough to be a grandma What is age but just a number! Your Wonky Star Baby Quilt is just perfect and inspiring too. The role of a grandparent can have many creative interpretations. I'm sure yours will be filled with many blessed moments.

Donna said...

Being a grandparent is the best! I am a Nona to 5 expecting #6 in July.Each one will be the love of your life!
Be sure to tell the parents what a great job they are doing ,give them lots of encouragement.Give advice only when asked for.And most important for me I'm always available to come and stay with grands so Mom & Dad can go out .
dk-white@hotmail.com

lindagerig said...

Oh a grandchild. I have eight and they are the best thing that ever happened. My mother was grandma Jo. she is gone now but they all still talk of her often . NO one like her. best of luck with the little one. Hopefully she lives close. Linda Gerig

StrawberryBlond said...

My grandmother taught me how to sew. I will be forever grateful because it's sure come in handy. Be sure to share your passion with her and pass on the beautiful gift of creativity!

Tonya said...

Oh! Big Congrats! The quilt looks absolutely lovely. Seeing that I am not a grandparent, my only advise is spoil, spoil, spoil the little one, also lots of love and hugs & kisses!

Di~ said...

Congratulations! My little one is 8 months and so so CUTE! My grandma had a large bottom drawer in her kitchen full of fun things to play with! I couldn't wait to get to that drawer when we arrived. Thanks for the chance to win one of these coveted Baby Gos!

Barb said...

Congratulations! Since I have little kids right now, I can't give you first hand grandma advice...but I know my kids adore their grandmas just because they spend time with them. Enjoy! And your quilt is beautiful.

Chris said...

I am not a grandparent and won't be for many years, but my kids have the best grandparents. They spoil them rotten and show them tons of love!

Patty said...

I am a grandma. Our granddaughter might have been unexpected, but we love her so much. She is almost 10 now. How time flies!! Love your new one unconditionally, read to her, make her mind you. When she is older teach her to cook and sew. Most important--love her.

Connie said...

I blogged about your give away and forgot to mention that your Wonky Star quilt is beautiful.

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2011/03/win-accuquilt-go-baby.html

Sandy said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful... what a lovely gift for your first grandchild! I have no children myself, so I am in no position to give you advice. I think you will do just fine by following your heart and showering this new person with love.

Daphne said...

The one thing my mom does that my kids love is she spends quality time with them doing things like, reading,cooking, planting, hiking in the woods together. The only time she buys them anything is their birthday or if she runs up on a deal. They love the one on one time more than any gift or item.

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

JUST POSTED ON MY Facebook page about your give away: http://www.facebook.com/Shannon.Margaret.Brott

Thanks for the chance to win this,

Shannon Margaret

SHANNONdotMARGARETdotBROTTatGMAILdotCOM

Laine said...

Oh Congratulations! There is no better job than that of being a grandma. I am a grandma to 4 and love them all but that first one will always reigh as being the First. Not to mention we were there when she came into the world. Grandparents are ment to be there to play with and spoil them, but you do have to remember you are not the parent and go by their rules.

lsandes@comcast.net

Sonia B said...

Congratulations!!! Just love them lots . . . teach them how to cook and sew (they never listen to their parents, but from grandma it's fun). And give them lots of treats ;). Thanks for the chance!

Nana Vicky said...

To watch grandchildren grow and see the world through their eyes is amazing. Love and cherish each moment with them.

Nanabanana said...

I am a first time "Nana" too!!! And our first is a granddaughter, which is just too much fun! One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was that I AM the grandma and not the mom anymore! So, just remember that you are to watch and listen for the cues to help. It is so fun to watch your children become parents!! Enjoy!

Lizzy said...

I'm not a grandma, but my baby's grandma is the best! Both my husband and I work full time, and she is the second Mom to my 11 month old! He's not even her only grandchild. She takes care of him and all the others when needed, and he just loves her!
Congrats!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Wow Jodi! Congratulations!! How very exciting. I am not a Grandma, but my advise would be to be a good listener and love that little baby because you KNOW how fast they grow up ;-)

**nicke... said...

I love that you are going to be a gramma! I am excited for you. My children LOVE their grandparents mostly because they play with my kiddos... And by play I mean, PLAY!!! They chase them, tickle them, play games, read books, play hide and seek... etc etc etc... So my advice... PLAY with her, and she will love you dearly!

Alisa said...

That's so exciting! Congratulations. My best memories with my Oma were when she showed me how to knit and crochet. I went to visit her when I was in 12th grade and she helped me sew a dress for my little sister. My Oma is 82 now and I love her so much! You don't necessarily need to lavish your grand daughter with gifts (except the hand made kind of course) but with the gift of time. Have fun!

Gwendolyn35 said...

Oh MY! Congratulations! I have been a grandma for just over a month . . . it is wonderful! I have sewn more in the past few months than ever before. As much as I love my children, a grandchild is even better. Enjoy every moment with her!

Patty said...

Congratulations Grandma Jo! Being a grandma is one of the most wonderful things you'll experience. I love it when I can watch my grandchildren. We can play all day if we want to. I remember going to my grandma's house and the feeling of love when we were together. She always made me feel like the most important person in the world. Have fun!

Robin said...

Congratulations! Just enjoy the grandchildren as much as possible because, like your own children, they grow up way too fast! Love the quilt! Robin love.robin68@yahoo.com

Andria Olson said...

Congratulations! I have two little ones (2yrs and 5 months) and their grandparents are very different. One set always plays and gets silly with them and the other set has them go along with the daily stuff- feeding chickens, folding laundry, sweeping- and they love them both equally!
Just be sure to have good snacks in your purse!

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

I am not a granny but I can tell you what my Mom tells me....She says that you have to enjoy it do for it what you couldn't do for your kids earlier in your life....and in away you are still doing it for your kids... She also says that she takes a lot of pictures because watching your grandkids goes alot fast then watching your kids grow older.....

Good luck Fabric Grandma,

Shannon Margaret
SHANNONdotMARGARETdotBROTTatGMAILdotCOM

Kathy said...

Oh that quilt is so adorable. I just love the colors in it. You obviously put a ton of love into making it and I know you will be a wonderful grandmother.

Jood said...

How wonderful !!
Please let your little one arrive on time..We are waiting (and waiting and waiting) for our one & only grandchild to arrive. She (Olivia Kate) was due to arrive on 20th Feb and we are still waiting !
It looks like her timekeeping is going to be like her grandma's (lol)
I am SO looking forward to cuddling her !
Doncha just think that babies have THE cutest little toes !

jan @ hood net .co.uk

Wendy said...

You will love being a new Grandma. It is the best. I have three little grandkids and the one thing I remember when the first one was born was that it felt I had just joined an amazing private society I had never heard of before, where finally you get in on how much fun it is. I love the little hugs and sweet voices that walk in my front door and say "hello".

Brenda said...

Congratulations! Enjoy your bundle of joy. My parents were great about not interfering with how my kids were raised. They may not have always agreed but kept their opinions to themselves. They always make the kids feel special when they come to visit.

Debbie G. said...

I'm a 'mimi' 8 tmies over right now, and have 2 more on the way! It's the absolute BEST in the world! Nothing like it. I loved having my babies, but my babies having babies is even better! :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Of my 8 grandbabies, I have 1 girl, and the 2 coming (in May) are both boys as well! :) Take care and THANKS for the opportunity to win!
debbiegerdy@sbcglobal.net

amylouwho said...

I teared up reading this!!! I'm so excited for you!!! I loved how fun and hard-working my grandma was and how each of her (47) grandiose felt like they were her favorite.

I love how my mom and mother-in-law love my kids as much as I do. And some advice there- if mom is around support her rules and discipline. But when they are alone with you what goes on at grandmas stays at grandmas! :)

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

I tweeted about your give away and article....

http://twitter.com/_ShannaMBrott_

Sincerely,

Shannon Margaret

SHANNONdotMARGARETdotBROTTatGMAILdotCOM

amylouwho said...

and I put you on my facebook page. Love the quilt too by the way. Adorable!!

Bree said...

Congratulations!

Unfortunately I don't have any good advice for you, but I'm putting my parents in your same position this summer! That's right, hubby & I are expecting our first little one in August.

I guess my only advice is no noisy toys, only because I'm hoping OUR parents would follow that advice! :)

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

I just blogged you and asked for my followers to come follow you...

http://myobsessionwithonlinetutorials.blogspot.com/2011/03/pleasant-home-wonky-star-baby-quilt.html

Sincerely,

Shannon Margaret

SHANNONdotMARGARETdotBROTTatGMAILdotCOM

Bobbie said...

Congradulation!Play with her every chance you get. Take the time to watch her discover life. As a parent I didn't have that luxury.
Bobbie
bobbie_lee_s@hotmail.com

gill said...

I'm not a granny yet but all I can offer is don't interfere unless asked!!

pojeda said...

My advice as a grandma, love her every second, give her lots of hugs and kisses, spoil her rotton! And, when she gets a little older, say this to her parents:

"Your job is to discipline, my job is to spoil. You do your job, I will do mine!"

Enjoy being a Grandma!

Dawn said...

Congrats!!! Babies are so wonderful!

My best memories of my grandmother are of the nights I'd spend at her house. We'd have popcorn and ice cream for dinner and play Tetris. She'd also encourage me to eat dessert before dinner. So my advice would be to spoil her....a little break from the rules is always fun!

jennifer said...

I had the best time growing up. My Granny would make me and my brother Cream Of Wheat and we would always say make it lumpy Granny.

Jess said...

What a darling quilt!

Mel and Angus said...

Oh your life will never be the same again - it will be more rich! I have 4 little grandkids, two of which are babies! They are so much fun to cuddle and love. They call us Bumpa and Floolie! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

jennifer said...

Posted it on my blog and thanks for the chance.

Robin in Texas said...

First let me tell you I love your blog. I visit every day for wonderful inspiration. Congrats on becoming a grandparent. My son is lucky to have wonderful grandparents. A Nana, Papa, Granny and even an Aunt Grandma (long story to explain that one). Enjoy your little bundle and all your cuddle time! rjennings@moorebro.com

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I am a grandparent of 2 boys. I love them so much. The first time I held the first one it was like some force came over me-it was magic. You will not understand any of the advice anyone gives you until you hold that precious little one. You are entering the best years of your life for sure. It is pure joy.

Michle said...

Congratulations on having your first grandchild. As a grandmother myself, all I can say is enjoy every minute you can with them because they grow up way to fast. The best times are spent with the grandbabies. I love the quilt and I know your grandbaby will too!

Michle

QuilterMary said...

I'm a follower - LOVE your blog! My mom is visiting this week and my 30 yr old daughter said to her at dinner last night, "I really wished you lived here, Gram, so I could see you everyday!" We've never lived near our folks (Navy family) but phone calls and visits and lots of love have forged very close ties.

Erica said...

So wonderful and exciting! Your quilt is lovely and your grandbaby will be too! Congratulations and happy wishes to all!

Cecilia said...

Congratulations! There is nothing like having grandbabies. I have two granddaughters who are now 14 months and 8 months old and I just love to be with them. My advice would be to just enjoy her and spend as much time with her as possible. You will LOVE being a Grandma. ceciliayoung@gmx.com

Alissa said...

Love spoiling my grandson...he is the definition of JOY!
Enjoy every moment with your new little one!

Oksewnsew said...

Congrats, gramma.. #1 advice is to just spoil the dickens out of her..lol then you send her home. I have 2 GRANDbabies and they are the joy of my life. I really do need the GO because I'm always making quilty things for them. It would make things so easy for me.. ENJOY that baby to the fullest.

Jean

Mommarock said...

Secretly I can't wait to be a grandma.. but I told my kids to spend time being themselves first. Besides I need time to make all the grandma goodies first. I think this GO Baby would help me get a good start in the baby quilt department :) I would so LOVE to win!

Deb said...

I have one grandson, age 7 and expecting another grandson beginning of May. My best words of advise. Love them, spoil them and then send them home. My grandson looks forward to coming over to our house, because we have different things to do, than at his home.

Peggy said...

Congratulations. You will be the proudest grandmother!! When i gave birth to my son, the first grandchild, my mum was so proud and excited. She loves him so much and do spoil him a bit too much for my liking but then again my grandparents used to spoil me too. So I can't give out too much!!! Although my mum has other grand children now. My son is so very special to her as he was the first. Enjoy your grand daughter too.

peggy

pegfalbo'yahoo.com

The Cicillian's said...

So happy for you on the new Grandbaby!!!! I have a lot of memories of your grandparents! They where always there for me when ever I need someone to talk to. Don't know what I would do with out them.

The Cicillian's said...

Blogged about it!!!!!

http://amomsoblessed.blogspot.com/2011/03/pleasant-home-giveaway.html

Charlotte said...

Oh, how wonderful! My own grandma is still with us, at 94! She is wonderful - still lives alone and does all her own cooking and shopping. I have such fond memories of her teaching me how to sew when I was a little girl - I'll bet that you are in a pretty good position to teach your grandkids all sorts of crafty things!

charlottenewland(at)gmail(dot)com

The Cicillian's said...

Told my Friends on Face\book!!!!!!

Zia Maria said...

One of the sweetest things my parents did for each of my children was buy a piggy bank and they drop in their loose change or money they make from their can recycling, it adds up to about $20 to $25 per month per child. My oldest son just graduated from high school recently and was shocked to see a check for $5000 from them. Just goes to show spare change really adds up. It was a good chunk of change to help with all of his expenses during the next four years or more of college.

Rebecca said...

Congrats! I gave my mom her first grandhchild in 09. She has been over the moon ever since. My favorite thing my dad does for his grand daughter is that he comes over once a week with bags of cat food, puts the cat food and my 1.5 year old in her wagon and pulls her over to the neighborhood pond to feed ducks. She loves this time and I love the 30 minutes of peace and quiet!!!

regan said...

Congrats on becoming Grandma Jo! And the quilt is fabulous!

We became grandparents when my son married, and Corey was 10! We missed all the baby, toddler, and crazy times, but had a ball with Corey, cuz we were able to play cards, teach him to ski, take him to cut his first xmas tree down....all that fun stuff, and it came all at once! Fun!

Spoil her rotten.....then give her back to her parents! That's what grammies are for! HA!

Elsa said...

Congratulations on being a new Grandparent!
I so loved my Grandparents. They lived in Kansas and would come to visit us in California in the winter. It was always a really special time for me. My Grandma would have breakfast made, Grandpa would take us to school and pick us up and when we came home there'd be fresh baked cookies! They provided a lot of stability for us in an otherwise unstable situation. I always hated for them to leave.
Thanks for the memory and the chance to win!

Karen said...

If I had known Grandchildren were this much fun I'd have had more children. Grandma sleepovers are the best, as are tea parties.
Have fun!
Grandma Karen
karendavis2@comcast.net

Krister04 said...

My grandma passed away when I was a freshman in college. That year was rough on my mom and me and our relationship was strained at best. My grandmother loved us both and knew us both better than most so she was someone we could both go to about our issues. Always be someone the little one can go to.

james and bess said...

congratulations!! i won't be a grandma for a while (my oldest is 8) :) but my advice to be present and love unconditionally. remember that new parents are clinically insane for a bit after that new bundle arrives, and just help where you can and love all you can. :)

great giveaway!

bess :)

Katie said...

When my parents come to visit, they always babysit one night so my husband and I can go on a date. It is so appreciated! Congrats!!

Cathy said...

I would love to win this give away and I think you are gonna love grandkids. My advice to you is to enjoy them as much as you possibly can. Have them for dinner, have them for the weekend, take them swimming it is a blast, let them wash the dishes with you. have a water gun war. Let them help you do everything. Grand kids are good for the soul. I love my three over and over again and then some more!!

Oh and I love your baby quilt.

cathy
cbrirish@gmail.com
not sure if I am a no reply so I'll be safe. LOL

Wendy said...

Well first things first...Congratulations! I know you will enjoy this change in your life. I loved my grandparents dearly. Granny L. always had such interesting things in her house and always let me come to visit. She was a crafter and my first sewing machine came from her. Granny H was an embroider and passed that on to me. Gran was quite poor and never had much, but this was what she called her "fancy work". I never work on an embroidery project without feeling a little closer to my Gran. Sadly they are gone now, but I remember how important they were in my life and I strive to stay involved and important in my grandkids lives...all 6 of them. I love them dearly. My advice? Enjoy every minute!

Katie said...

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Rebecca said...

Posted it on my blog!!! Woohoo!

http://19-fifty.blogspot.com/2011/03/accuquilt-go-baby-giveaway-check-it.html

DarletteCraft said...

wow congratulations!
I'm not a grandparent but I just love the easy simple things my parents did to my children pictures, singing songs... talking with them even as new born babies. The first one makes a big change in your life.

Wendy said...

Unfortunately my memories of my grandparents are few and far between. I never met either granddad and I have since lost both grandmothers. So my advice for you is to make the best of your time with your grandkids, love them til you feel you could burst and make sure they know you love them (equally when you have more). Congratulations!

A Seam to Sew said...

One of my favorite memories with my grandmother is playing hide-and-seek in the house. She would sit on the couch while we would hide and then she would call out the locations. If we were hiding in the location she called, we had to come out. It was so much fun and easy on my grandmother.

Anita said...

My daughter is 6, my father always wants to hear her read to him. He is a big advocate of reading and is very encouraging of her reading.

Cute quilt.

Kelly O. said...

Oh Jodi!!!! yay!!!!!
so exciting!
something my mom does for our kids is send packages in the mail around special holidays like valentine's or just because! the kids love it (she lives 10 hours from us and so this keeps them linked to her even though they don't see her all the time)

Another thing she has done is sent a movie and popcorn along and then rented the same one herself and she and the kids watch a movie "together" and then chat on the phone after about it. so fun!

Chris said...

My mama has made each of my children a quilt. I am so excited for you. When my husband and I watch our parents with our babies, it is pure joy. Best wishes to you and your family.

A.J. Dub. said...

That is so precious! One of the things my MIL does for the grand-kids that I love is make them quilts! So you have that one down. :)
They also take them out on their birthday sometimes, which everyone enjoys.
Just being involved with them is great. I often felt I didn't get to spend as much time with my grandparents as my cousins did and I was a little jealous.

Tammy said...

oh congratulations on becoming a grandma. it is awesome. my best advice is to enjoy every moment, take a million pictures and spoil her. my favorite memory of my grandma is that she made homemade chocolate pudding for me and the best chocolate chip cookies ever. so I make those same choc. chip cookies for my grandson and he LOVES them.

B. said...

Congrats! What an amazing time, and I'm a little biased because I have an April baby and I think they are the best. The one thing that my mom does for my 4 year old that I love is that often she will call around 7am on weekday mornings and "pretend" to wake him up which delights him because he's usually been up for at least an hour already.

They go back and forth for several minutes about who really is awake, and who is out of bed, and the conversations always seem to end with "Oh Gamma!" and giggles.

Laugh with this little one, and she will always remember it.

The Thompsons said...

Yay- how fun! We're expecting a little girl in April as well. I have to say that my son's grandparents don't necessarily "do" anything- it's just wonderful how much love they show him. It makes all the difference.

Sherri said...

Congratulations on your First Grandchild!
I can imagine that this is an exciting time for you and your family!
My parents were great with my kids. They always had them over for sleepovers and it's a treasured memory for them.

A.J. Dub. said...

I blogged about your giveaway! Congratulations!

http://harriethomemakerstrikesagain.blogspot.com/2011/03/accuquilt-grand-baby-giveaway.html

Brooke said...

Congrats! New babies are exciting. I could tell you a million things that I love about grandparents, but one of my most favorite is that my dad (a retired librarian) always reads to my kids. They love to climb up on the bed next to him. It was one of my favorite things to do with my dad so I love that my kids enjoy it too.

Heather said...

My grandparents had a crystal that they would take out and hang in the window as the sun was streaming in the house. Rainbows would be bouncing off the walls through out the room. It was so simple and we loved it!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Congratulations"Grandma Jo", love that! Your life will become more wonderful than you can even imagine! They grow so fast, much faster than your own did, and didn't you have sons? Just snuggle HER up and forget everything else!

Hugs from Grandma Nee

tonnia said...

Congratulations! and guess what?! I just found out this morning that I will be a new grandma too! Our first also! so I REALLY need this. :)

Martha said...

Being a grandparent is the best thing!! I don't have any advice for you because you don't need it. You will be a terrific grandmother. I would love to have that Baby Go!

mdehoop@hotmail.com

annemarie said...

Congrats to you - I have three little grandkids and I think the best advice is to love them to death - give of your time rather than material possessions. Kids now days have so many possessions but crave love and attention.

Sew Sane Jane said...

Congrats soon to be Grandma! So, I don't have any kids, but I do have doggies - and my parents call them their grandpups. So it might be a bit different - however, I do love it when they are Excited and eager to spend time with them. They WANT to be around them and are willing to bend to my will on their schedule and strange training habits that we have developed:) Nothing like seeing my dad walking our 8 pound dog around the neighborhood!

Heartsdesire said...

Congratulations! I love the beautiful quilt you've made to welcome your first granddaughter. Oh what fun you are going to have. And the thrill of holding that baby for the first time, it's overwhelming. The best advice I could give would be to keep as close to her as possible and as she grows older, be sure and pass on all your quilting knowhow.

Patches said...

Wow, Congratulations. I too am a first time grandparent, for a year now. You will surely enjoy this new adventure in your life. Hmmmm, what have I learned? Lots of hugs and kisses, walks to the park, rocking chair time, getting down on the kitchen floor to play with the pots and pans, letting him/her help with whatever you may be doing. This all happened in one year so, I'm sure there is lots more to come. Best wishes.

Rose said...

My Oma used to put my feet in hot water in front of the TV when I came in from ice skating and feed me my favorite foods. ie. Mac and Cheese. Yum

Rose said...

I will comment on facebook.

ktquilts said...

My Grandparents gift of time (read NOT junk) was the most meaningful gift. Thanks for your giveaway!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jodi -- That's AWESOME -- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Gail said...

Congratulations Grandma! The quilt is beautiful! I'm not a grandmother yet, but I have great memories of the time spent with mine. Family is wonderful and a growing family is so exciting!
Gail (malggl@comcast.net)

Sinta Renee said...

What exciting news Jodi!!! Congratulations to you and your hubs on becoming grandparents! I love the quilt you made... perfectly beautiful for your new little sweet pea! What pattern is that? yours? hmmm. I'm not a g-ma yet but when I am I plan to remember to take the time to see the world from their eyes... even if that means getting down on my knees and seeing what they see.

Jenny said...

congratulations!
my MIL took my daughters baby book to fill out my husbands side of the family and she did such a wonderful job. im sure it is something that never would have been filled out. she wrote about her parents, and how she and her husband met. and about her son (my husband) as a child...wonderful memories for my duaghter one day.

and on another note...my own mother admitted to me that she will always have a very special place in her heart for her first grand baby...only..my kids are NOT her first grandbaby!! i tease her about it now, i know she regrets ever mumbling those words!!

jeri said...

I hope someday to be grandma. So far I am grandma to a pug and two kitties. I would love to have the accuquilt baby!

Jeanne W. said...

Gorgeous quilt!!! Congrats on becoming a Grandma!!! Just love her up and spoil her with attention!

Sheri said...

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And pray that they will always live close by. Luv Ya!

LiahonaGirl said...

I'm not the best one to give grandmotherly advice since I'm not one, but I've observed my mom be a terrific grandma and great-grandma. She is always there to support them -- and fill in parenting gaps if needed. Even now at 80, she is called on to babysit great-grand-babies because their moms had such a wonderful experience as her granddaughters.

Meri said...

Congratulations on your new adventure!
My advice? What I've repeated over and over about my four grandchildren is "my only job is to love them!"
You are going to have so much fun! You get a "do-over" and a chance to be a kid again without the same pressures you had raising your own children. Just make sure to have a stool in your kitchen so they can always "help"

Peaceful Piecer said...

Grandbabies are the best! I love to schedule some just Mimi and grandbaby time each of mine.

Jessi said...

Well, I'm no grandparent, but congrats! :) Enjoy all your special time with her!

CRN said...

Not a grandparent nor do I have kids yet either. I do remember sleep overs though and the food that only they would fix. My Grandma was also the one who taught me how to sew.

heleen said...

I'm a mom and no grandma yet. But how nice you are to be one soon. I hope you enjoy it very much.

Jan said...

Oh how I remember my lovely grandmother. We went to Church together, had many 'secrets', she taught me how to play whist and I loved her to bits. Now I am a new grandma, too, and I intend to be Jennifer's special friend and confidante. I hope you will too.

Alannah said...

http://alannahsspace.blogspot.com/2011/03/yay.html

congrates here is the link to the blog i posted!!!

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

Once a granddaughter turns 5, my mom starts taking them out on their birthdays every year for an afternoon of lunch and clothes shopping instead of a birthday gift. My girls look forward to this every year, I love it because they can always use clothes and shoes, and the one-on-one time makes great memories.
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

I tweeted (ourbusybunch)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Alannah said...

I posted on facebook!!!! www.facebook.com/alannahmaeisme

Alannah said...

I tweeted Alannahmgarcia

Sheri said...

Jodi...I blogged about your give away! I blogged...it's a miracle. :}

Quilt Monkey said...

Congrats!! I don't have kids or grandkids myself, but I do have nephews. I think spoiling them is a given! I know that when my nephews were really young, my mother would ring the living room with quilts so that they would not bump into anything hard. And very important to cover anything with buttons, like a VCR or phone - there is nothing more fun for a little kid than to push buttons! Have fun!!

Love to Stitch said...

ohh congratulations!! I hope you have loads of fun with your nearly new grandbaby (: I am definitely not a grandparent, but i lovelovelove mine because they bake such great cakes and treats! And everyones grandma is always amazing at cooking!

Sheri said...

I told all my friends on Facebook, too.

Laura said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news! I am not a grandparent yet either but just have to say - spend as much time as you can with this new little girl and enjoy her! How could you not? Congrats again.

Alannah said...

my advice is to make sure you make every moment count! Baby sit every time you get a chance! That way you have some of the silly memories too!!

Cindy Lou in Georgia said...

Congrats on becoming a grandma. I'm a grandma to 3 awesome boys. I've made the 2 older boys quilts and once the baby knows what he likes (ex. race cars, dinosaurs, etc.) then I'll make a personal quilt for him. See the baby as much as you can as they grow up so fast. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Congratulations!! Just help out as much as you can without taking over. Though sometimes it was a blessing when my mom would take over for awhile! Congrats!! Jenn

Asiyah said...

Congrats!

My advice would be:
1 - teach your grandbaby traditions (I still remember songs my G-ma sang to me),

2 - take them out on baby dates (I love the my ILs will scoop up the wee ones for a trip to the mall carousel), and

3 - share hugs and kisses freely.

Cindy Lou in Georgia said...

Congrats on becoming a grandma. I'm a grandma to 3 awesome boys. I've made the 2 older boys quilts and once the baby knows what he likes (ex. race cars, dinosaurs, etc.) then I'll make a personal quilt for him. See the baby as much as you can as they grow up so fast. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

H2Ogirl said...

Yeah for your new adventure being a grandparent. What a joy! I suppose I remember most about my grandparents being real with me. My grandmama never let me slack just because I was a kid. She always had me right in the mix of doing all the things the adults were. That's why I'm the crafter I am today (including my sister and the rest of my cousins).

Magicaldamselfly said...

I don't twitter but I did go follow your "no reply" on blogger and found out I was one of those sad people. Sorry everyone! I did fix that little issue so thanks for the info. Now on to FB to post this and then to my blog. Thanks.

Lindah said...

Congratulations on your approaching grandparenthood!
Remembering my childhood, my children's and my grandchildren --none of them had/have the blessing of being near their grandparents. What's with that! But today, we have the blessing of relatively inexpensive long distance, as well as Skype to help keep us connected. I'm thankful for that. Skype does have its limitations tho --it's hugless.

Mama Spark said...

I loved my grandparents! My grandpa always had some kind of candy for us. As I watched my own parents become grands it has been fun to see the relationship develop. If at all possible, make sure to be a part of their life! My mom has passed but my kids adore my dad. Congratulations on this new journey!!

Magicaldamselfly said...

Ok all my FB friends will now be able to come visit your blog. I was happy to share this as your blog is so inspiring and is one of my fav morning rituals. Yeap, wake up kiddos and then coffee with my fav blog friends while the kids are getting ready for school. By the time they leave for school I am all filled up with inspiration to go into my craf troom and be creative.

marci said...

congratulations on becoming a grandma. my advice: read to your grandbaby! i learned to read because of my grandma, and became a librarian because she taught me to love reading so much.

domestiCass said...

I love that my grandma made each of her grandkids a "kid" quilt - which we all loved so hard they fell apart - and then also a "grown-up" quilt that each of us treasure and display in our own ways now. I still have my kid quilt too but it's a mess. Congratulations on becoming a grandma!

Annette E said...

Lucky Jodi! Grandparenting is our reward for parenting. Love them, spoil them, spend all the time with them you can. Time flies by and before you know it they will be grown up - hopefully with lots of fun memories of Grammie and Papa. What a great give-away and I would love to be the happy recipient. Darling wonky stars quilt - maybe I should try one.

Magicaldamselfly said...

I have just posted about this on my blog:
http://magicaldamselfly.blogspot.com/

Congrats on newest addition to your beautiful family, there is nothing as precious as a grandchild. I have 6 now and I couldn't enjoy them more. You little angel will love this quilt, it is gorgeous.

Shannon said...

How exciting for you. That quilt is so cute. Thank you for the give away. My parents are great to my kids. The one thing they do is to make sure that my kids know that they are loved. Lots of hugs, special words, and lots of special time together. We don't live close but they make them very good. Good luck!

Erin said...

Congrats! I love the way my parents and in-laws spoil my kids. May things that I wouldn't do as a parent but I want them to enjoy. Ice Cream for breakfast? Not a problem at grandma's!

AnnieO said...

Many congratulations on your impending granddaughter! My advice would be to always call first before coming over. My in-laws used to surprise visit and I would still be in my bathrobe with no shower yet. Not good!

The quilt is gorgeous.

Becky said...

Oh CONGRATS!! The thing my parents (well, my in laws) do that I love the most is babysit!! My parents are in a different state. My favorite memory of my grandparents was spending summer weekends playing in their pool.

Charity said...

Congratulations!
The best thing you can do as a grandparent is to spend time with them. Stop and play, love doesn't always have to come with a gift. Most of the time it's more important to spend time with them.
We have adoptive grandparents for our kids and it makes a world of difference.

Nedra said...

Jodi- I am so happy for you!! Congratulations! And be prepared to be "over the moon" with this new little one. I'm telling you, it hits even harder than when we had our own children. They are perfection in every way.

Brenda said...

Congrats Grandma Jo. I am a grandma to 6 between the ages of 2-9. My advise is to hold them as often as you can before they become toddlers because they seem to grow up even quicker than our children did.

cakegirl said...

Congratulations! Babies are the absolute best. I certainly have my complaints about my MIL, but she makes each of my children feel special and adored. What more can I ask for?

domestiCass said...

I tweeted about your giveaway:

http://twitter.com/#!/odrade

Anonymous said...

You will love it. I have 2 grandsons 4 months apart. Your quilt is wonderful and the little gal will love it.
Debbie
dlee822@gmail.com

Karen said...

Being a Grandma can be great. All the fun and not the tough stuff like discipling.

pojeda said...

I Twitter about your giveaway @pojeda
pojeda (at) embarqmail (dot) com

Dorian said...

YAH, congratulations on your first Grandbaby!! What wonderful news. And your quilt is darling. I am not a Grandparent yet. Regardless of problems between parent and Grandparent, my MIL always makes sure to write, email, phone, and visit the kids. And thats so important, that communication. Give her lots of love :)

domestiCass said...

Posted on my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/odrade

Rita said...

congratulations, and what a 'sweet' baby quilt! guard your time with your little ones and keep the memories safe in your heart. days pass so quickly, and the next thing you now, they're gone -- busy with lives of their own! also, they love hearing about themselves and all the cute (or not so cute) things they said or did -- tell them stories of all you kept locked away.

Karen said...

Some of my favourite memories are my nanny teaching me to make jam tarts (which grandad used to insist on taking to work and then feed to the birds as the pastry I made would be awful!) and knitting a really really long and thin scarf for my barbie doll. :o) Congratulations on your impending arrival!

Teresa said...

JODI!!!!
Congrats!
How special is this!
That quilt is AMAZING!
LOVE the STARS!
What a blessed little~one!
I don't have any children...but I do have a mother that is the SWEETEST Nana in the world to my niece and nephew.
It's the little things that count.
Doing little things with the little ones that others don't take the time to do.
Sharing your crafty skills will be so amazing to a little one.
Congrats Sweet Girl!
This is a FABULOUS Giveaway!
I HEART the chance at winning!
I am going to learn to sew...this SPRING!
Hugs to you!
xo

Char said...

Congratulations on the little one.

What I loved about my grandmother is that she treated us like grown ups not like little kids. We always felt special.

Lynn said...

How exciting!!! I'm not quite at the grandmother stage yet. But I can tell you My grandmother taught me to sew which I am always thankful for. My kids have very fond memories of my mom (their grandmother of course) playing with them. So I guess patience and time which we may not have always had when our kids were little is something we've got now!

Toni said...

I just had my first grandchild last week on the 22 February, he was born at 31 wks, there were a few bumpy days but after 8 days he is a healthy bonny boy called Leighton. I love him so much already and have already made him a quilt as well. Good Luck and enjoy your grandchild we he/she arrives. Toni

Miss Nancy said...

Congratulations on becoming a grandparent. How wonderful is that. I am not a grandparent but I do know that it is a joyful experience for both the grandparent and the little one. Do take the time to enjoy every moment you have with the little one. Also, take lots of pictures.

Have super great sewing day. Love the Wonky Stars quilt. It is a delight.

epban said...

Congratulations! You will be a wonderful grandmother! My fondest memory of my grandparents was going to rhe train station to meet them every December and being treated to their undivided attention for the Christmas holidays.
Love the wonky star quilt, too.

Stormy Days said...

Words of advice? Just enjoy. How wonderful! My daughter is getting her doctorate (proud mama here) and I'm waiting patiently to be a grandmom.

Angela D. said...

Contests! I think the best thing is just spend time together. I have so many good memories of my grandparents. Luckily I was able to spend a few weeks with my grandma last fall while she was recovering from surgery. We had the best time just chatting. We even met up with her quilting group! I see the same relationship between my mom and nieces- lots of chatting, crafting, and cooking. You can't get any better than that!

krisgray said...

What great news! I have a grandma that could give Grandma lessons. Almost everything I god as a kid - making cakes, yeast bread, sledding - I did w Grandma. My son loves it when my parents visit bc they get down on the floor and play in his room.

Heather said...

Yeah for being a Grandma!

Unfortunately I don't live close enough to my Mom for her to spend much time with her 2 oldest Grandkids but when we visit she spends more time with them than she does with me! After we leave she makes a little photo albums full of pictures from our visit so the kids can remember all the fun they had!

Sarah Gough said...

Congrats! I had a grandma who taught me to bake, embroider, sew and just to try anything I set my heart on - those are the best kind of grandmas!

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